The Rambler

My hat goes off to Tim Rutherford-Johnson and The Rambler – easily one of the best new music blogs on the web – for his 2010 initiatives.

Focussed, at this point, around Invisibility, the ELISION concert at King’s Place next Monday (if you’re in London, please go – this is not to be missed), Johnson has initiated a series of composer interviews (read the one with Evan Johnson here) and round-table discussions (involving ELISION director Daryl Buckley, trombonist Ben Marks and composers Evan Johnson, Richard Barrett and Tim McCormack).

This strikes me as the perfect way of blurring the frequently- (and annoyingly-) insurmountable boundaries between the practice of ‘informal’ musical commentary and the engaging in real discourse about the meaning and purpose of what we do. TRJ has succeeded in creating a space where these discussions can take place publicly, rather than being restricted to an ivory tower or (more often) a pub.

How strange that the idea of a bunch of musicians talking to one another about music on the web should seem somehow revolutionary…

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  1. scott mc laughlin

     /  February 3, 2010

    “How strange that the idea of a bunch of musicians talking to one another about music on the web should seem somehow revolutionary‚Ķ”

    Exactly, what Tim RJ is doing is fantastic, and hopefully it will spark more of this kind of dialogue. this is what the internet is for!
    What’s particularly interesting about this though is people involved, there are some instances of composers writing on the web (Barrett’s essays on the FURT site for example), generally on their own sites, but it’s nice to see performers involved as well, making a proper dialogue of it.

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