This is Randall Davidson's new "publishing" website. What was formerly boysartmusic.com has moved its contents to this web address. Some categories of information are predictable: Home, Profile, Contact. This website is unique because it holds information about downloading and renting music from Boys Art Music. And then there is "Moving Company," an in-process blog about music that moves Randall.
But the real reason for this website is that...
Randall is a composer living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA since the mid-1970s. By experience, training and disposition, he has been slow to act on the simple fact that sheet music is going the way of the Dodo bird. Music is becoming digital which means paper will play a diminished role in the future. Music stands will ultimately function like iPads. The practice of "renting" music will have to adapt in ways no one can predict...yet.
What, then, is a music score and who needs parts? This website is a tentative answer to these questions. We are not sure what scores or parts will look like in the future, but until the future arrives we are gradually moving the Boys Art Music catalogue to this new website which will include downloads and sample audio. We'll start with pedagogical and choral pieces, chamber and keyboard music will be next. Eventually, if this site seems to be working, it is our hope to add larger ensemble and extended works. We will keep the prices affordable because performers can print and bind paper to their own specifications.
Music is being re-defined; not simply with identity aesthetics (that is in vogue today) but the long-term ways we make music. Music as "organized sound in time" is too vague; composers don't just plan the sequence of sounds in time (see Christopher Small's Musicking). Music-making will be much more nuanced: informal and formal live presentations, digital documentation and presentation, helping others make music by teaching and advocating and leading and producing music-making gatherings. We will use this site to share our work and share Randall's observations about their "success" and "virality."
Come back to this website again or friend Randall on Facebook. We will continue to upload works in the coming months.