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Colin Holter

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Articles February 7 2007 | By Colin Holter
Lost in the Shuffle

New music is capable of asking the hardest questions and challenging the most deeply sedimented assumptions. Do you really want to go through all that on the bus? That's why...

Articles January 31 2007 | By Colin Holter
Periodic Parity

I'm convinced that new music would be easier to explain to younger students if introductory textbooks made a genuine effort to periodize it just as the preceding centuries' music has...

Articles January 24 2007 | By Colin Holter
Please, Sir, Can I Have Some More?

Is it my job to write music that moves at your pace or mine?

Articles January 17 2007 | By Colin Holter
Pass the Mic

Wouldn't it be ironic if our study of music with an eye toward the elevation of critical standards is leading us to accept more music (and more musicians), not less?

Articles January 10 2007 | By Colin Holter
Fab Prefab

Analogous compositional plans have been used since the Middle Ages, but will the arrival of new media finally spawn new ways for composers to approach their materials, overshadowing more traditional...

Articles January 3 2007 | By Colin Holter
Crystal Ball

What does the New Year has in store for new music?

Articles December 27 2006 | By Colin Holter
I Got Game

What on earth do video games have to do with new music? Well, for starters, there's a whole generation of composers who are intimately familiar with the canon (the standard...

Articles December 20 2006 | By Colin Holter
Guaranteed to Break Your Heart

The affective, expressive content that's supposedly the exclusive domain of tonal music can be analyzed, synthesized, and manufactured, and you don’t even need to bus senior citizens to Canada to...

Articles December 13 2006 | By Colin Holter
Chatter Column No. 40 (For All the Victims of Soulless Compositional Phenomena Everywhere)

Tolerance for strange film scores and things like Radiohead is quite high. So if dissonant music isn't keep audiences away from the concert hall, what is?