Does this mean that we, as vanguards of the future of music, are not supposed to care whether or not people want to hear what we write? Of course we care. We like it better when more people like what we do. It gives us company in our fascinations. It makes us feel that whatever compelled us to create certain sounds is compelling to others as well. But that isn't why we do what we do. As an artist I say: I value this experience in time -- perhaps you will too. But time is only experienced one consciousness at a time. There is always only an audience of one in my mind. It is you, or it is myself. It is an individual consciousness, experiencing sound in time.......We should all be bringing our skills and resources to the table to help each other do our work as authentically as we can, to enable as many small acts of anarchy as possible.
The composer Lisa Bielawa on the meaning of concert music today (Read the whole article and listen to samples of her music.) She is also the vocalist for the Philip Glass Ensemble, and does a fantastic job!
We hope that someone will put out commercial recordings of her work sometime in the future.
Other links of interest:
Her work on an electronic version of Hildegard Von Bingen's Ordo Virtutum.
Another page on her work.
Listen to an interview with Bielawa and selections from a piano concerto she has written.