The relationship between art music and society is changing radically. Beginning
with observations from three perspectives -- creation (the composer),
dissemination, reception (the listener) -- a picture of the current
situation can be sketched. Two futures might be imagined: a
proliferation of specialist musics (more of the same), a deepening and
focusing of those facets which are not culture-bound (something new).
There are aspects of human physiology and psychology (e.g., spatial
perception, organizational principles) that offer potential as yet
only tentatively addressed in music. An argument can be made for an
activist alliance of musicians and scientists that might enable art to
regain a say in shaping its future.
Roger Reynolds was born 19 July 1934, and was educated at the
University of Michigan in both Physics and Music. He has been active
since the '60s as a composer, organizer, author, lecturer and teacher.
In Ann Arbor, he co-founded the notorious ONCE festivals and, in
1971, he founded the Center for Music Experimentation at the
University of California, San Diego. Published works include A
Searcher's Path, A Composer's Ways (book), MIND
MODELS (book), Whispers Out of Time (for string
orchestra), Archipelago (for chamber orchestra and computer
generated sound), Visions (for string quartet), and
Symphony[Myths] (for orchestra). Reynolds won the Pulitzer
Prize in 1989, and has been honored by the National Institute of Arts
and Letters, the Koussevitzky and Suntory foundations, and the
Library of Congress. His music is published exclusively by C.F.
Peters Corp., and is available on New World, Wergo, Lovely, and