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Top 25 Ways You Know You are a Contemporary Composer
Top 25 Ways You Know You are a Contemporary Composer
1. You try to tell the time signature of your blinker as you drive 2. You wonder if Mozart would have Tweeted 3. You ruin movies by complaining about how John Williams steals from Wagner and Stravinsky 4. Your significant other has been relegated to long diatribes about the merits of classical music over pop music 5. Said significant other has also been dragged to numerous classical music concerts, including at least one that involved a laptop or singing robot 6. You can’t resist saying “I’ll be Bach” when you leave the party 7. You have an appreciation for Schoenberg and Cage that your music ed friends do not understand 8. You ever conducted the radio with a pencil in your car, while driving and drinking a cup of coffee 9. Your children grow up listening to Mozart…AND Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Mendelssohn 10. You are used to the semi-surprised look of shock when you tell your friends that you are a composer 11. You spent more time practicing and composing than sleeping in the last decade 12. You wonder if you are “selling out” when you accept money for your music, music that you wrote for a commercial about toilet paper 13. You gladly cash the check for the toilet bowl commercial and pat yourself on the back for being a professional 14. You have ever taught music theory or music history on a Burger King salary 15. You have thousands of Twitter and Facebook followers but only your mom shows up to your contemporary musicconcerts for kazoo and laptop orchestra 16. You have written at least one online film, app or webisode music score 17. You can write lyrics in your sleep 18. You analyze music in your sleep 19. You come up with your greatest musical motifs in your sleep 20. You have over 100 albums out on iTunes but still can’t get the local orchestra to premier your work 21. You have ever been a part of a “virtual” music anything
22. Everything you do is tweeted, flickered, instagrammed, FB-ed, snapchatted, etc. 23. You wonder if your music will ever be remembered 24. Your family is in awe at your genius yet wonders why you didn’t go into computer science like your brother did 25. You love what you do and you wouldn’t change it for anything in the world ===== Award-winning composer Sabrina Pena Young is a foremost expert on Virtual Opera Production and Music Technology. A sought after consultant and speaker in music, arts, and technology, Young continues to push musical boundaries. Critics have called her “Wagner 2.0″and “Talented” with her works presented at Art Basil Miami, theBeijing Conservatory, ICMC, SEAMUS, the NY International Independent Film Festival, Miramax’s Project Greenlight, TEDxBuffalo, and countless venues in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.
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NMR Artist Spotlight: Multi Instrumentalist Margot MontiThis article is part of the New Music Resource Artist Spotlight Series. After a brief hiatus of this popular series that spotlights exciting emerging artists, filmmakers, and musicians, the New Music Resource is excited to present the Artist Spotlight Series for 2017-2018. We encourage you to check out the music and albums of these amazing artists.
Music Marketing Book Tips - Double-checking your Bands logo & font. An LW Music Business Speaker and Author Video Blog.
In The Artist's Guide to Success in the Music Business, I have small music marketing book tips in gray through out the book. So if you are skimming you can find little tidbits and helpful music business tips to think about and apply.
One of the music marketing book tips that I did not include in the new music industry book was about checking and double-checking your bands logo and bands font to see how similar or close the might be to others.
Very often a musician or band will get a design that they really like and run with it, not realizing till later how close it might look to some one else's or some other product. The horror stories, which I do include in the music marketing book, include a group that had paid a small fortune for merchandise before receiving a cease and d…
10. Indicating the wrong mallets for an instrument. Brass mallets on vibes? Try a hammer on a violin!
9. Writing the glockenspiel part as heard. You shouldn't have to climb a ladder of leger lines to read a glock part. Keep it in the staff.
8. When in doubt, adding more suspended cymbal. This is a huge mistake made by arrangers. Yep, cymbals add automatic intensity to a piece, but so can a bass drum roll, a rousing hand drum part, exciting mallet licks, or a hundred other combinations. Well-written percussion parts stand out in the band and church repertoire.
7. Better means more complicated, right? This is my main mistake. A percussion part can be simple enough for a middle school, but it is the ability to use the different tone colors of the percussion palette properly that indicates a maturity in writing, not that impossible part for the timpanist that has them playing timpani, gong, crash cymbals, and triangle in the span of two beats.