Wednesday, February 28, 2007

American Music Center Workshops

Hello everyone, Adam Neal here.

On the weekend of March 24th and 25th, the American Music Center will be presenting composer workshops on the Georgia State Campus. I will update this when I know which rooms exactly!

Complete details can be found at the above link (click this post's title), but here is the condensed version:

Every Composer's Business: Essentials for Your Career
Saturday 10am-5 pm

Increasing Your Visibility
Sunday, 1-3 pm

A Better Score
Sunday, 3:30-6 pm

Rates for the whole weekend:
$90 for non-AMC members.
$25 for AMC members and full-time students

If you can only make one of the lectures, you can pay a la carte. See the website for details.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

March ASSG Meeting Topic

Hi Everyone,
Don has agreed to lead this month's meeting, Information is below.

The meeting will be from 7:30-9:30 on March 1st.
Tell security that you are there for Eddie Horst Group.

DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE 7:00- We have had a complaint about early arrivals last month. Crawford is very graciously letting us meet there thanks to Eddie and we must be respectful of the space and the employees there.

I look forward to seeing everyone there!


People compose; people perform; people listen. What, if anything, is communicated? What really takes place in the composer's mind? Can a linguistic approach help the composer to further vitalize the process?

Don "Orfeo" Rechtman has presented his ideas to churches and other organizations from Colorado through Florida, changing people's lives by leaving them with a new and profound way to listen to music. In our upcoming presentation, he will present his talk on "The Spirituality of Music" tailored for the composer's perspective. Be forewarned: you just might discover for the first time what it is you really do!

Don "Orfeo" Rechtman
3864 Woodridge Way
Tucker, GA 30084

Free Music?

Do you make your music available free? Why or why not? How do you distribute your music and how succesful have your efforts been?

I'll start the conversation. I do give most of my music away for free on my website. (Both free as in speech--where I give people certain rights to do with my music as they will--and free as in beer--that is, no $.) This music is available under a Creative Commons license. My reasons for doing so are here.

In terms of how it's working for me, making my music free has led to some great opportunities. It's been performed, used in a video game, and promoted by other artists, in part I believe because of its freedom in those instances.

I give people the option of donating via PayPal on my website if they like my music and want to give something back. To date, I haven't received any donations... :) (well, I keep hoping... :)

So, from a financial perspective, it hasn't brought much back. But from an exposure, connection, and networking perspective, I've been rewarded enough to want to continue using this process.

How about you?

This is a large subject and I know it can be a very passionate for some. I don't want to start any wars about what people should or shouldn't do. I open this subject to start a dialog with you all to see what you're doing and how it's working for you.

Please join me in the conversation... I look forward to hearing your perspectives.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

"Time to Play!" - Call for Works

Fresh on the success of our "Turned On" concert, we're initiating a call for works for the next one! The new show will be titled "Time to Play!".

The Atlanta Composers Blog invites local composers to submit works for our next concert (projected date: mid-May, projected venue: The Five Spot). This concert will consist of an ensemble of improvisers (electric guitar, piano/keyboards, 2 percussionists, flute, and trumpet) who will be interpreting graphic notation works and game pieces intended for open instrumentation. In the concert we will explain the rules and/or display the graphics in order to make an audience-engaging performance. Please send your scores or instructions in .doc or .pdf format to Adam Neal at Deadline: April 1st.

The ensemble will choose the works to be interpreted and the composers will be notified shortly thereafter.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

"Turned On" Post-mortem

Well, what did you think?

We did the "Turned On" electronic music concert tonight at The Five Spot (awesome venue!)
Audience attendance was very nice, sound was good, video was a bit blurry, but worked well enough.

Since this is the first time I've done anything like this, I noticed about 15 things I will do differently next time but all in all, I thought the evening was very successful. The composers were all very grateful. (I enjoyed meeting those I hadn't met before.) Some non-musicians loved it, I know others didn't (and will remain anonymous for their protection. :)

But please, let me know what you think. You can post your comments here on the blog, or email me privately at darren [at] curiomusic [dot] com. I value your feedback so I/we can make the next show even better.

Thanks again to all who participated. And thanks, Adam (Scott Neal), for being my partner in crime on this one. :)

We have more ideas for more shows and will post details in the coming weeks on the blog. Hopefully, there'll be a write up in AJC or Creative Loafing on this show.

Now, leave your comments... thanks!

Friday, February 16, 2007

neoPhonia concert report: "Music From the Red Earth"

On Tues, 2/13, I attended the neoPhonia concert titled "Music From the Red Earth" at GSU. The program consisted of all Atlanta composers. (Woohoo!)

Awakening Echoes by Brent Milam
Graph Theory by Jason Freeman
Shadowed Moon by Daniel Swilley
Three Haiku by Adam Scott Neal
A Touch of Window by Albert Ahlstrom

The instrumentation ranged from solo violin to small ensembles to computer generated sounds. The acoustic pieces filled most of the program. Daniel Swilley's Shadowed Moon was electronic, generated by Csound. Jason Freeman's Graph Theory was a hybrid--the score was pre-generated electronically by users who contributed to it over the web, and then it was played acoustically by a solo performer.

Before each piece, the composer said a few words about their work. This helped introduce the composers to the audience before the (catered!) reception that followed the concert.

At the reception, composers, performers, and audience members mingled. I got a chance to chat with several people I'd been looking forward to meeting. (And I learned a new notation technique that Adam used in his piece.)

Many thanks to the composers, performers, and audience.

Special thanks to Nickitas Demos, the founder and artistic director of neoPhonia, for organizing this concert and making a point of profiling local music. He does an 'all local composers' concert as part of the neoPhonia series each year. I've been fortunate enough to catch the last two years' shows. I can't say enough good things about the wealth that comes from attending these concerts, hearing the music, meeting the composers and performers, and networking with all.

Don't miss the upcoming neoPhonia show in April! I think Curtis Bryant's piece is going to be on the program. I'm looking forward to that.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

A Touch of Window

A new piece by Albert Ahlstrom, "A Touch of Window", that was commisioned and will be performed by Adam Pendleton on sax, with Albert on piano, will be performed on the Neophonia program that will be given on Tuesday, February 13 at 7:30 at Georgia State. This is a challenging fun piece that introduces Bach to Charlie Parker and Pharoah Sanders.

Friday, February 02, 2007

duoATL concerts

duoATL will perform works by Michael Daughtery, Katherine Hoover, Roberto Sierro, Antonio Ruiz-Pipo, Sergio Assad, and a world premiere by Atlanta composer and the duo's guitarist Brian Luckett:

February 18, 2007 at 3pm
Agnes Scott College
Maclean Auditorium in Presser Hall
Admission is Free

March 6, 2007 at 8pm
Schwartz Center at Emory University, Emerson Concert Hall
Admission is Free

April 23, 2007 at 8pm
Oxford College of Emory University
Oxford, GA

You can download the flyer here:

and visit for more information.

Comprehensive List of Atlanta Composer Websites - Add Yours!

Hello All,

I have been asked by several people if there is a single source for Atlanta composer websites. (This has even come up in the ASSG meetings.) The simple answer is no. While there are several different incomplete lists around, there's not a single one for all. It's time to change that.

Blogger has updated their features and provided an ability to make this easy on the blog. I'll put together a comprehensive list that will be in plain view on the front page. The entire list will be in the right hand navigation section for easy access. One simple source.

So, if you have a website, please send me the link (darren at curiomusic dot com). And if you don't, well go get one!

Composers will be listed alphabetically by last name.

(PS. Those who sent me links for the upcoming Turned On show don't need to resend.)


Thursday, February 01, 2007

Atlanta Score Study Group

The Atlanta Score Study Group meets the first Thurs. of every month at 7:30pm at the Crawford Communications building on Pleasantdale Road in Atlanta.

Directions here

Tell security you're there for the Eddie Horst group.

Each month we focus on a different topic, usually with a guest speaker. We discuss composing, recording, promotion/marketing, dance, film/video music, and other topics... and of course study scores! Each meeting is enlightening.

If you're a composer in the area, you owe it to yourself to check out the group. It's an amazing resource!!

Tonight, despite the rain and cold, I don't expect we'll get iced in.

See you there!