Art is not created within a vacuum. This, of course, is a weathered axiom; yet, it is a clear reminder to all artists of the environmental conditions that cannot manifest art. As the popular image of the solitary, brooding artist began to seize public imagination during the 19th century, ideas of a gifted, genius virtuoso became associated with isolation. Colloquially, many of us have experienced images, within various media and perhaps even our own imaginations, of the artist, alone in his/her dimly lit workspace, creating magnificent art (in moments) with just the tools immediately surrounding him/her. While solitude is quite important to an artist, we never create a work of art in isolation. As the French clergyman Joseph Roux succinctly stated, "Solitude vivifies; isolation kills." We are greatly influenced by our experiences in the world, and we are greatly influenced by artists we study, respect, and admire. We are a community. We each have a place in this community and a solitary perspective to share. To paraphrase Roux, it is a very rare thing for people of talent to succeed by their talent alone.
In the spirit of this idea, the members of the ADJ•ective Composers' Collective have come together, as a group of artistic individuals who appreciate each other's musical perspective, to support and encourage the creative endeavors of their colleagues. This blog is an outlet for the expression of our thoughts and musical ideas, which we look forward to sharing with the wider contemporary music community. Posts will include interviews with other contemporary artists, performance reviews, book reviews/recommendations, analyses of new works, and musings about contemporary stylistic trends, philosophies, and/or techniques.
Members of the collective will review (and suggest edits to) each blog entry prior to publication. While the individual views of the author might not reflect the general opinions held by the collective, this peer review process encourages the exploration of the author's thoughts and musings in an environment conducive to the creative process and the dissemination of their ideas.
Andrew Martin Smith
ADJ•ective New Music