Breaking news - music blogging is not quite dead
A comment added by Lukas Fierz in answer to my question Where has all the musical adventurousness gone? set me questioning once again whether music blogging, and that includes On An Overgrown Path, now serves any useful purpose. When OAOP first posted back in 2004 music blogging was driven by sharing discoveries and sharing experiences. Today that sense of revelation has been exorcised by a toxic mix of self-interest and couch activism, all driven by a paranoid pursuit of social approval. Readership numbers and egos have been boosted, but the music has suffered terminally.
My recent post asked where has all the musical adventurousness gone? Who is transcending conventions and pursuing their own unique musical vision? In one of the most useful contributions to music blogging since the advent of social media, Lukas Fierz answered my question by listing a five contemporary musicians who are pushing the socially-defined classical comfort zone.
Slipped Disc's leadership of the race to the bottom with the unwavering support of the classical industry suggests that music blogging as a positive activity is well and truly dead. But Lukas' comment gives me hope that I am wrong. Here are the musicians he commended for keeping musical adventurousness alive. If one person is swayed, or inspired, or changed by this post, music blogging is still worthwhile.
American composer and pianist Michael Hersch
Hungarian composer and pianist Márton Illés
Spanish composer Francisco Coll
Clarinetist, composer, and conductor Jörg Widmann