Thatguy v2.0 Posted May 19 Share Posted May 19 This post was recognized by Henry Ng Tsz Kiu! "Very thoughtful and inspiring questions to ask! I am sure they are very meaningful things to think of for our composing." Thatguy v2.0 was awarded the badge 'Philosopher of Music' and 5 points. I've been thinking about this for a while now, and as I dig into the music that's posted here, this question always pops up. How do you associate the relevance in your music compared to the world we live in in 2023? Don't get me wrong, I'm all for learning. I'll be doing it my whole life. But there comes a time when you (in my opinion) need to apply your studies of Beethoven/Bach/Mozart/whoeverfromthepast to our current musical escapades. How has musical language evolved? How has the technological implications of our time effected your music? Where and how do you see yourself in comparison with your peers? There are so many posts of neo-classical/baroque style music. It sounds great. But what does it accomplish? What are you going for with your style of composition? I'm so driven to have my own unique musical voice, using inspiration from my classical heroes and applying it to today's standards. What are your motivations when writing? I always try and voice my music through a megaphone of the world and time I live in. For instance, what if you wrote a baroque fugue with a synthesizer? Or what if you took your love of Beethoven's late string quartets and applied it to a more unique ensemble? I'm saying all of this because I want anyone who loves music composition as much as I do to not fall into irrelevancy. Why write what they did in the past so well that you fall into a pit of "I'd rather listen to Bach" versus having your own unique touch accompanied by the technology our current time has to offer? Are we as composers failing to grasp this? I just wrote 12 piano preludes, which centered around all the tonal centers (No.11 was unique as it was ominous until the last B-centered chord) . Was that good enough? Was it just an exercise to demonstrate my skill as a composer? I live near Denver, Colorado. I've seen the CSO numerous times. But it all seems so pompous, so elitist. What about all the great popular music that I go see my friends play in those grimey clubs in Denver? I've heard horrible music, but I've heard moments of genius. Why is it that I'm expected to like certain things from people with fancy music degrees, but the busker on the street plays something that I've never heard before strikes me emotionally deeper? I know I'm rambling a bit, but my overall question is this: with all that we've learned with music, no matter how much at an academic level, how can we stay relevant in our current time? I'm tired of hearing stories of well trained and exceptional composers dying and suffering in our streets because they don't know how to be relevant in today's world of music. So many people that post here have so much talent, but what is it? A hobby? A leisure activity? What is the purpose you're writing for? Are you trying to emulate the masters of the past? So what if you write like Mozart did. It's 2023... how can you apply that knowledge and skill to our world today? We've come so far in harmony, and melody, and rhythm...was does your imitation prove? Again, if you're posting something as a learning device, or a test of skill in that time period's realm of craft, then fine. But what do you aspire to? I know I sound like a tedious broken record, but I think we should all strive for some relevance today. I could list numerous examples of musicians/composers/bands that are striving for innovation into an unforeseen realm of music, I just wish that what's posted here reflected that same ambition that I strive for. I'm no hero...I'll always consider myself a noob and student. But... do you all feel as I do? Or is the latest post of a Mozart replica enough to garnish a comment here and there? I'm just questioning what all of our endgame is; like I said, post some pastiche copy of Bach if you will... we'll be here to let you know the technicality and relevance your music has to the studious mind. But I always question the motivation of a composer, and what they strive for in their own musical language. How is it relevant in competing with today's world? I'm a guitarist, and I have students bringing in 8 string guitars to show me the wonderful and brutal language of the metal world. Or what about the Asian students of music that took classical European music and made tonal gems of their own. Or what of the Spanish foundation of the fingerpicking of today's brilliant gypsy jazz music I hear so much. I'm rambling yet again. I just question the motive of the posts here, and what the end-goal is with what you're posting. Are you here to just promote you music? Are you looking for feedback to get better as a composer in 2023, and not seek some ego-feeding feedback of your music that only holds relevance 200 years ago? Are we all not trying to grow as composers in a world stricken by the threat of AI trying to replace us? Let me know your feedback if you're interested... this is something that has plagued my mind and soul and heart as a composer for a while being on this forum. Again, I'm all for imitation to get better at your craft...but where are all the Polyphia copies....where are all the relevant posts that demonstrate the knowledge of the past but the pursuit of innovation and creativity of the future? This is something that I always strive for, and even if the end product doesn't meet the demand, it's something that I'm going for in my own music. Hopefully this provokes some discussion, as it's a pervasive thought that lingers when I write music. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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