The Place Where You Go to Compose

Looking at influence and progression with itsnotyouitsme

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Monday, September 26, 2011

This week on The New Canon, we chat up itsnotyouitsme about their newest album and the evolution of an ensemble's sound. Join the conversation in the window below or via Twitter with the hashtag #q2new. Want to get a head start? Leave your questions in the comments below and we'll address them at the top of the chat.

We swim in a wide Sargasso sea of musical influences, and if you can't constantly adapt to the varying temperatures as more tantalizing drops are added to the mix, you're inevitably going to drown. That's what I love about many of Q2 Music's favorite musicians working today: Not only do they swim rather than sink, they make Michael Phelps look like a dog-paddler. 

Exemplifying these skills and talents is itsnotyouitsme, a.k.a. Caleb Burhans and Grey McMurray. They've just released their third studio album for New Amsterdam Records (out 9/27) and are feting it with a set at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Monday the 26 (for those of you not going to the Met to see Anna Netrebko lose her head). Before they head into their sound check, we check out itsnotyouitsme's sounds today, pitting some new tracks off of Everybody's Pain is Magnificent against the music of John Luther Adams and Gavin Bryars as a mean of exploring similarities, differences, and — perhaps the million dollar question — Where is the balance between influence and individuality?


Hosted by:

Olivia Giovetti

Comments [2]

Patrick Gullo from New York, NY

(Follow-up to the chat) Loved the discussion! I wish I could have watched it live. I think the idea of the "changing artist" would make a great program for the stream, even if only on occasion. To me, presenting the albums of different performers and composers while pointing out the differences and similarities through the years is really engaging. For example, how does Brooklyn Rider's "Dominant Curve" differ from the new Philip Glass album (besides the obvious.) What are they trying to say? Can we map their direction?

Sep. 28 2011 02:44 AM
Patrick Gullo from New York, NY

It's interesting—some ensembles and artists show gradual changes in their sounds and others make it come across as calculated shifts from album to album (or performance to performance.) How does itsnotyouitsme feel about fan reaction to these two different approaches? Where do they think they fall?

Sep. 26 2011 02:00 PM

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