How the internet, despite its flaws, can lead to greater creativity and artistic connections

Posted on: July 24, 2019

“The internet provides fertile soil to grow intimate, genuine communities and to foster a connected, organic kind of art-making within such communities,” writes composer Robinson McClellan in Thursday’s (7/18) NewMusicBox. “On the internet … things become possible online that are not possible in person…. I worked on the team that created The Morgan Library’s Music Manuscripts Online.… I sat in the Morgan’s vault, paging through Mozart and Schumann manuscripts to capture their often confusing pagination for those who could not, like me, see them in the flesh…. Yes, the online viewer cannot … touch the very same paper Mozart had touched… But … they can now have a personal encounter with these composers…. In 2009 I heard from a poet in Australia, Robin Muir-Miller, who had found my compositions on my website. She liked my music, and I liked her poetry. We began exchanging emails … and before long we began collaborating as lyricist and composer…. She was in her 70s when we met, and confined to a wheelchair… Email opened a door…. Our collaboration led to the large-scale work This Ravelled Dust: Cantata for a Nuclear Age, premiered in Toronto in 2010, which is for me one of our best and most important works.”

Posted July 24, 2019