I'm looking for interesting personal stories, books, essays, letters,
interviews, and all other media concerning the subject of music-making
and responsibility. All suggestions and feedback will be appreciated.
Specifically, I am curious how composers - especially those working with
wordless music - deal with any feelings of responsibility to "do good in
the world," especially if there is doubt that music in itself makes the
world a better place.
I am considering graduate study in electro-acoustic music, but before I
spend two years with my favorite subject I have to resolve this nagging
drive to make my work good and worthwhile. My current work is socially
beneficial, past work has been environmentally useful... How do I
appease my inner critic? How do I justify music in the harsh light of
physical necessity? How can I express this dilemma more clearly?
I am searching for a way to bring my love and my conscience together.
Many thanks for any feedback,