Welcome to the Spectrum Music Blog! I’m Matt Roberts, an “artistic associate” in Spectrum, and among my duties, I’ll be managing this this new blog. I’m very excited about its potential. Let me explain why.
Blogging As An Essential Part of Creative Collaboration
In this “social-medial” crazed age we live in, blogs can too often become superficiality arising out of a sense of self-promotional obligation. My vision for this this blog is that it will be much more then that, because I’m going to work hard to try to make sure it serves an essential role in Spectrum’s creative process. The concerts Spectrum produces are a collaboration between many creative minds – concert producers, multiple composers, musicians, multi-disciplinary artists, and the whole Spectrum team. As such, we need a way of facilitating communication with one another, so that we’re all sharing the same vision while creating the very unique and wonderful events Spectrum is known for. This blog could be a key part part of that communication. I’m hoping whenever anyone involved with our concerts has something they need to share with the team (beyond logistical minutia, obviously), they’ll do that through a blog post.
For example, each of the three concerts in our season has a different member of Spectrum in charge of conceiving/producing it. So check back soon for some postings by each member on their vision for their concert. Of course this will be of interest to anyone who is considering attending one of these concerts, but it is also vital information for the composers writing the music for these concerts, and the musicians who will be performing it. Once those compositions are underway, we’ll have posts by the composers about their vision for their piece, how it is coming along, reflections on their own creative process, and so forth. Each composer can then check in with the posts by the others see how what they’re composing fits in with what everyone else is doing. I’m hoping the comments feature will be used by everyone involved – concert producers, composers, musicians, artists, and audience members alike – to dialogue, discuss, debate, and encourage one another.
Enriching the Experience for The Artists and The Audience
The whole thing will have a dual purpose: the artists are going to get a platform to communicate with and encourage one another, and the audience is going to get to see and be part of something really genuine, an essential part of the creative process for the concerts they will be attending. For the audience, I think it is going to be exciting to read (as well as watch and listen – we’ll have multimedia content as well), and it is going to enhance the experience of the concert when they finally get to experience the final product. For the artists, I think it is going to be exciting as well – maybe slightly uncomfortable or even terrifying, as we’re accustomed to having our creative process happen behind closed doors – but hopefully ultimately creatively invigorating as we empathize with and support one another. It’s going to mean a bit of work, but I think the pay off will be a more creatively unified final product, as well as helping the audience to understand and interpret their experience.
A journey begins. Won’t you join us?