Articles by Colin Holter:
Most of the instruments with which I work lie in a continuum of "messiness," of wider or narrower sonic possibility-spaces.
If my music is incompetent, two large public universities are at least somewhat complicit. If my music labors under false or unrealistic assumptions, on the other hand, all the blame...
How low will you stoop to finance new music?
Whether Motown or Mozart, the pieces we love are changing all the time as our context for them changes—it's actually never the same old song.
Once new music is taken out of the ivory tower, away from audiences who (ostensibly) have the prowess to put it in a meaningful context, one has to contend with...
What sort of psychology induces the programming of known bad repertoire rather than the only possibly bad commission?
Do you have to suffer to produce excellent music? Hard to say: Cage didn't, and Randy doesn't, but you (and I) might.
I can't cite statistics, of course, but I wouldn't be surprised to hear that YouTube gets more people interested in new music than all the symphony orchestras in America put...
Musical response to another art form is tempting, but the composer still isn’t excused from composing.