Composition (Music)

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Cellular Portals: A Conversation with Ursula Andkjær Olsen by Morten Høi Jensen
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The Danish poet on corporeal poetics, pregnancy, and the influence of classical music.

The Blue Note: on Noémi Lefebvre’s Blue Self-Portrait by Amanda DeMarco
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Female intelligence and female obsession, in the air

Okkyung Lee and Ikue Mori
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Two improvisers and composers discuss their involvement in New York’s experimental music scene.

Field Recording by Lea Bertucci
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On a crisp morning in March, we approach the site. It appears in the distance on the windswept beach just as the sand gives way to dunes. The ocean roars to our right.

Free Exercise by Marina Rosenfeld
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Using a hybrid orchestra of military and experimental musicians, the most recent iteration of Marina Rosenfeld’s large-scale composition, Free Exercise, was staged at this year’s La Biennale de Montréal.

Field Recording by Patrick Higgins
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I’ve been working with the concept of remixing my own classical compositions for a number of years.

Marina Rosenfeld by Tristan Shepherd
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The artist and composer stages her latest entanglement of bodies, spaces, and sounds at the Biennale de Montréal this October.

Jon Gibson by Britton Powell
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Whether you’re drawing a straight line or zig-zagging through the history of American Minimalist music, there is one person you’re bound to meet.

Wadada Leo Smith by John Corbett
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“I think that creative improvisation music models the democratic principle. Heads of state and legislative bodies could learn a lot from this practice.”

Ohal by Jesse Ruddock
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“It’s like bouncing ideas back and forth with a friend, but the friend is you.”

Vijay Iyer by Mendi Obadike & Keith Obadike
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“Asymmetry is part of what makes us human, and it’s what makes our actions feel human. And we only know that because we can have a programmer make something play ‘perfectly,’ and it sounds terrible.”

John Corbett by Andrew Lampert
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“The records I don’t listen to are as important as the ones I do.”

Max Richter by Tobias Carroll
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“Everyone comes together, then they just go to sleep. It’s an anti-rave.”

Flying Saucer Attack by ​David Keenan
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“I do like feedback. It’s good for people. It is!”

Ben Zimmerman by Sara Magenheimer
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“I smear sounds the way you smudge paint.”

Philip Glass’s Words Without Music: A Memoir by Michael Coffey
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Words Without Music is a sustained performance with fascinating scenes and a lucid text.

Little Wings by Tobias Carroll
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“Lil Wayne explains a blade of grass.”

Phill Niblock by Natasha Kurchanova
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Architectural space, intermedia, and the artistry of kinesis.

Circuit des Yeux & Bitchin Bajas
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Barbecues, Night Train, and La Monte Young.

Joshua Abrams & Nathan Bowles by Clinton Krute
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Memory, texture, and tradition.

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