Monthly Archives: May 2012

What is Happening Now VI – Spectralists and Live Electronics

Spectralism refers to a group of composers that study the acoustic properties of sound and incorporate what they learn into their compositional method. For the most part the IRCAM Centre in Paris is the nexus of the spectralist movement, hosting … Continue reading

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What is Happening Now V – Mainstream European-Style Composers

The minimal revolution eventually had an effect on all contemporary music — even the High Modernists like Carter and Boulez were persuaded to mellow out a little bit and compose music that was easier to follow. However, not everyone adopted … Continue reading

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What is Happening Now IV – “Indie Classical”

The Indie Classical generation is basically the wave of American post-minimal composers who are beginning to emerge now. For these guys, the economic landscape is different, even, from what it was for the Bang on a Can composers. On the … Continue reading

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What is Happening Now Part III – The Bang on a Can Composers (+ Andriessen!)

Bang on a Can The Bang on a Can composers are three friends who studied composition at Yale together in the 1980s. Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe are married to each other, and David Lang is the third member of … Continue reading

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