Welcome to the very first issue of the Institute of Composing Journal. Based on broad, inclusive notions of what contemporary musical composition and performance constitute it seeks to provide a public forum for critical, polemical and reflective thought from and about new and emergent practice today.
Our first issue features an insightful glimpse of what new music-making looks like from a player’s point of view – Max Baillie – who’s practice spans from Bach through to African kora. We’re especially grateful to have contributions from two of the Institute ‘Fellows’ – Colin Matthews on the problems of technical expertise and Richard Barrett on ‘perceptual interchangeability’. Richard Whitelaw and Piers Tattersall present their thoughts on listening and electronic music in concert halls respectively and, finally, Elvis offers a useful insight on atonality.
Please enjoy, and of course come to us with ideas for future publications. I welcome Institute of Composing’s Dan Goren as chief editor.