Paul Kilbey: Is Jonny Greenwood a Real Composer? (Huffington Post 31 May 2012)
Along the lines of what I’ve been thinking, practising Wolfmother and Sabbath for our new garage band (=a hobby) and trying to get that sound right.
[M]y own postgraduate years as a composer were periodically scarred by bad workshops: workshops led by bored, cowardly composers and timid, cynical or just plain unimaginative performers who could only tell you what you couldn’t do, and what wouldn’t work (which would include pretty much anything interesting or innovative), and wouldn’t know real creativity if it punched them in the face.
A workshop should be a place of idealism and risk-taking, and anyone who can’t get fully behind that agenda has no business going anywhere near a young composer.”
I feel like the best way to be a musical citizen is to promote the music that you like. Just before you called me, a friend of mine was IM-ing me. He’s a professional coin collector. He lives in Munich. And he was like, “Send me music.” So I sent him all of this English choral music. And he sent me some Brazilian funk band that he’s gotten into. And that to me is the essence of the perfect way to be a musical citizen.
I haven’t been in a record store forever, but do you remember that room they had for classical music? That crazy room you had to go into? And it felt like you were buying some really specific kind of pornography? It was like you had some messed-up predilection. And all of that is undoing itself. It’s not genres.”