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Tim Rutherford-Johnson

Tim Rutherford-Johnson


Tim Rutherford-Johnson (b. 1977) is a writer, speaker and teacher on contemporary music. His first book, Music after the Fall: Modern Composition and Culture since 1989 was published in February 2017 by University of California Press.

His new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Music – updated with entries on modern composition, world music, and pop, rock, jazz and electronica – was published in 2012 by Oxford University Press. It has been translated into Spanish and (simplified) Chinese.

Tim has taught at Goldsmiths College and Brunel University and he sits on the artistic board of the Riot Ensemble. He has appeared as a speaker at Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Netherlands), Only Connect (Norway), hcmf// (UK) and the London Contemporary Music Festival.

He has written programme essays for the Salzburg, Aldeburgh, Rainy Days (Luxembourg) and BBC Proms festivals, as well as for most major venues in London. He has provided sleevenotes for many record labels, including Coviello, Delphian, Kairos and World Edition. Recent subjects of his writing include Chaya Czernowin, Morton Feldman, Alwynne Pritchard and Carl Stone.

Articles by Tim Rutherford-Johnson:

NewMusicBox March 27 2013 | By Tim Rutherford-Johnson
The Influence Engine: Steve Reich and Pop Music

As long as the "influence" of Reich’s music can be traced back up the chain, the narrative will keep feeding itself. But there are risks to leaving the engine running...

NewMusicBox April 25 2012 | By Tim Rutherford-Johnson
Some Recent Silences

4’33” is often regarded as an end, a philosophical cul-de-sac, but over the course of six decades the negation of music has proved fertile ground for many composers. This appears...

NewMusicBox October 5 2011 | By Tim Rutherford-Johnson
It Ain’t Where You’re From, It’s Where You’ve Been

Today, however, it seems we are all chameleons. Certainly many of the early-career composers I heard last month during the Pharos International Contemporary Music Festival, a generation that has grown...

NewMusicBox February 9 2011 | By Tim Rutherford-Johnson
A Journey to Aaron Cassidy’s Second String Quartet

As Cassidy talked me through the many stages of planning, sketching, and composing the quartet, it occurred to me that each step was carefully designed to advance the music's richness...

NewMusicBox October 13 2010 | By Tim Rutherford-Johnson
Yanks in the UK

The technology of the 21st century may have numbed the exoticism that comes with living overseas and rendered the sense of national rootedness more fragmentary and ephemeral. But the creation...