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Why Ad-Supported Music Won't Work: Blame The Labels


There's a lot of interest in ad-sponsored streaming music services like iMeem, and MySpace's upcoming music venture. One big question: How can they possibly surive? Answer: They can't, unless the labels change their pricing demands.

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For and against new music


Two interesting features in the guardian website today. First an all out attack on new music by Joe Queenan:,,2289751,00.html

and a reply by Tom Service

Avner Dorman on ASCAP


C:T Interviewee Avner Dorman features on a new Audio Portrait at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers website. The interview includes excerpts from the forthcoming studio album with Metropolis Ensemble performing the complete chamber orchestra concerti of Avner Dorman

KLANG: A Tribute to Karlheinz Stockhausen announced


The South Bank Center, London has announced details of its 'KLANG' festival - a tribute to Stockhausen who died last year.

CBE for Michael Nyman, Knighthood for Mark Elder


In the Queen's Birthday Honours List, composer Michael Nyman, known for sometimes complaining about a lack of recognition from the establishment, has received a CBE. Mark Elder, widely respected music director of The Hallé, and one of the original ENO Power House triumvirate receives a knighthood.

Wuorinen to compose Brokeback Mountain Opera


The news that many thought was a hoax turns out to be true - ew York City Opera has indeed commissioned Charles Wuorinen to compose what Alex Ross famously dubbed a 'Gay 12-tone opera' - an opera based on Brokeback Mountain, the 1997 short story by Annie Proulx that became the basis for a 2005 movie that won three Academy Awards. The story is a cowboy romance about two ranch-hand buddies who start a homosexual affair when they meet on the fictional mountain in 1963.

Boosey's Emerging Composer Program


Oscar Bettison, Anna Clyne, and Du Yun are the first three composers to be signed to Boosey & Hawkes Emerging Composer Program.

In order to foster and develop the next generation of innovative composers, B&H is providing publishing, promotion, and career support to a select group of emerging composers for a specified period.

La Scala to stage Gore's 'Inconvenient Truth'


Composer Giorgio Battistelli has been commissioned to produce an opera based on the Al Gore's Global Warming Film 'An Inconvenient Truth' for the 2011 season at the La Scala.
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RPS awards for Macmillan Ades and Rebecca Saunders


The 2008 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards winners
were announced at the Dorchester Hotel, London on Thursday 15 May.

Among the prizes for composers, Thomas Ades was awarded the Large-scale Composition for Tevot, James Macmillan won the Opera and Music Theatre prize for The Sacrifice and Rebecca Saunders won Chamber-scale Composition for Stirrings Still
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Tan Dun Profile


New York Times today has a feature on Tan Dun, discussing his past and what it means to be a Chinese composer in today's world. Particularly abrasive are some comments by English composer Alexander Goehr:

“Actually,” Goehr said, “what I warned them against was to do a Chinese version of Western music. Unfortunately my warning had little effect. They have become Western composers with a few temple bells.”

I repeated something Tan said about the need for modern Chinese artists to retain a certain innocence. Tan told me how he had tried to avoid being too sophisticated. “If you are too sophisticated,” he said, “you lose courage.” Theory, he maintained, “makes for more boundaries. Competing with the Europeans, by being more sophisticated, is to resist yourself. One plus one makes one. Yin and yang, inside and outside, honesty and pretension. I have practiced this philosophy for the last 20 years.”

Goehr sighed over the phone and said: “Yes, that is what I had hoped as well, that they would keep a freshness, find something different out of their own experience, like Janacek or Mussorgsky. But that hope was a little innocent, too. In fact, because of their success in every other field, the Chinese are now in the same state as people who are not Chinese. They know what the trends are. They are technically excellent, but the overall popularism, which is commercial in origin, will lead to kitsch.”

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