Why TR

TR is an attempt to incorporate the Internet into the composition process and engage the listener in a continuing listening experience.

The traditional method of composition and performance looks something like this:


In the normal process, the composer creates a score for the performing acoustic musicians, who interpret and play this in a concert hall for the listening audience.  The historical system is built around the goal of reproducing the music that is written down by the composer – that is, the score is intended to be translated more or less exactly into the same listening experience for all audiences, with some interpretive scope given to the conductor and the players.

With the advent of recording, digitization and the Internet this duplication process has been extended to its logical end point – with the consequence that there are not enough hours in the day to hear all the new recordings that are available.

In the 21st century most people hear music through headphones or ear buds.  Given the present Internet technology, electronic music can be transmitted to listeners worldwide as soon as it is created.  Furthermore, new music can be shaped and driven by the new digital environment – using data available instantly from the Internet.  An existing example of this is The Place Where You Go to Listen by John Luther Adams, a sound installation at the Museum of the North in Fairbanks, AK.

The same concepts are used in TR for anyone to incorporate into their music.  The Internet data that shapes a composition can be updated automatically at regular intervals so that a new variation of the piece is always available for a unique listening experience – there is no adding to the clutter of recorded pieces already available.


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