Composers love experimenting to create new timbres and techniques. It's often what gives new music its unique sound! But what are some of the reasons composers use these new sounds? And how can we—as performers—play these sounds in the best way possible, so that they sound just as beautiful and compelling as when we play the instrument "normally"?
Additive rhythm is a completely different way of thinking about rhythm than most classical musicians are used to. This post explores some different ways of thinking about additive rhythm, and gives ideas for how to start experimenting and improvising with these rhythmic groupings.
How did composers of the early-twentieth century make their music more abstract? By using visual art, the dreams of Freud, and musical experimentation, this video explores some of the ways that composers created more abstract, modern, and ultimately, more expressive music.
How do we listen to music that is new or unfamiliar? What skills can we use from everyday life to help us listen to new music? And how might listening to new music make us better listeners in our everyday lives?