Articles by Colin Holter:
What is lost if the Dexys Midnight Runners keep running?
When difficult artists write cleaner music, does it represent a welcome clarification or a huge step backwards?
Harmonic organization is only a small (and shrinking) part of how most of us hear music now. The presence or absence of a steady pulse, for example, is easily as...
In addition to the ever-expanding approaches to writing music, it's worth considering the new ways of hearing it that the information age may cultivate in us.
A scuffle at the Boston Pops is one thing, but the news that a ten year old has been convicted of beating a homeless man requires more of a response...
Is free improv undertaken for the benefit of the performers or the audience?
The Replacements' Let It Be is abundant in "authenticity." Should we care?
Can new music have at once the same quality of "pushing at the edge of the conceivable" that Beethoven's had in its day as well as its emotional resonance?
I'd like to expound on the presence of violence in classical and contemporary music and on whether that presence suggests that we (i.e. the American art music community) are complicit...