Randy Nordschow wrote the following at NMBx in late June :
â€œThe work Iâ€™ve created up to this point spurs from a rather skeptical aesthetic standpoint, fostered by a barrage of things I just donâ€™t buy into, such as: Music has the ability to communicate something â€œmeantâ€ by its creator; music is inherently emotional; yada, yada, yadaâ€”you know, stuff like that.
For me, music is a byproduct of artistic ideas haphazardly materialized in the form of vibrating air. Itâ€™s the artistic impetus behind the will to set those vibrations into motion, and not necessarily the sonic results of whatever is written on the page (or not), that matters more to me. Thereâ€™s a certain amount of artistic cynicism that I harbor in order to tap into the concepts and materials that I use and the ways in which I use them when throwing together a new composition. Yes, it’s all so self-aware and postmodern, which I actually enjoy.
[Recently, though,] I was half-swayed to drop my attitude, so to speak, when it comes to my approach to composition. Where to go from here? Well, I was thinking of trying to write a piece without an ounce of irony. This, I’m sure, will be easier typed than done.â€
Amen to his last sentence â€“ itâ€™s damn hard to make each note count.