The Future of Music Talks

Over a three-year period, beginning in April of 2000, the Composition Area of the UCSD Department of Music carried forward a unique and rewarding program called SEARCH. This program was jointly curated by Chaya Czernowin, Roger Reynolds, Rand Steiger, and Chinary Ung, the UCSD composition faculty at that time. Eighteen composers were brought to campus as VISITORS, most of them participating in one of five weekend-long EVENTS on curated subjects of interest, others coming for independent residencies. Each VISITOR gave a presentation relating to "The Future of Music".

The following TEXTS and RECORDING show the remarkable variety of perspectives offered by our VISITORS who, themselves, differed markedly in age, national background, and stylistic commitment. There was, perhaps, more optimism than might have been expected given the complexities of our current situation, and a recurring theme was: "If you don't like what you find in your world, do something to change it."

LINKS TO EVENT LECTURE TEXTS AND RECORDING FOLLOW BELOW. The Introduction to all by Roger Reynolds heads the list. Most, but not all, of the texts presented during SEARCH were provided in writing by the guests.

The following TEXTS and RECORDING were commissioned by the Composition Area, Department of Music, University of California, San Diego for its SEARCH initiative. The TEXTS and RECORDING are copyrighted and appear in their original publication here. While links TO these TEXTS from other sites are welcome, no part of this TEXT may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic storage or retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the copyright holders [Please contact Roger Reynolds: info@rogerreynolds.com to facilitate this.].

Roger Reynolds, "THE SEARCH INITIATIVE: An INTRODUCTION to SEARCH on the Occasion of EVENT I"
15 April 2000


Robert Ashley: "THE FUTURE OF MUSIC"
SEARCH EVENT I, 15 April 2000


Liza Lim: "The endurance of uncertainty"
SEARCH EVENT I, 15 April 2000


Jukka Tiensuu: "THE FUTURE OF MUSIC"
SEARCH EVENT I, 16 April 2000


James Tenney: "The Future of Music (revisited)"
FOCUS Seminar, 31 October 2000

Rand Steiger, "INTRODUCTION to EVENT II of the SEARCH Project"
SEARCH EVENT II, 16 February 2001


Jean-Baptiste Barrière: "It is the nature of the society in which we want to live,
that is in question."

SEARCH EVENT II, 16 February 2001


Jarek Kapuscinski: "The Future of Music"

SEARCH EVENT II, 16 February 2001


Kaija Saariaho: "The Future of Music"
SEARCH EVENT II, 17 February 2001


David Wessel: "A Perspective on Technology and Music"
SEARCH EVENT II, 17 February 2001


Chou Wen-chung: "Music – What Is Its Future?"
SEARCH EVENT III, 21 April 2001


Jean-Claude Risset: "The Evolution of Music: Acoustic and Electric Worlds"
FOCUS Seminar, 3 May 2001


David Lang: "A LECTURE ON THE FUTURE OF MUSIC"
FOCUS Seminar, 15 November 2001


Paul Koonce: "The Future of Music"

SEARCH EVENT IV, 2 March 2002


Richard Barrett: "The Possibility of Music"
SEARCH EVENT IV, 3 March 2002


Alvin Lucier: "THE FUTURE OF OUR MUSIC"
SEARCH EVENT IV, 3 March 2002


Hilda Paredes: The Future of Music
SEARCH EVENT V, 26 October 2002


Vinko Globokar: "Réalité et espérance (Reality...and Hope)"
SEARCH EVENT V, 26 October 2002


Lisa Bielawa: CUSTODIANS OF THE PRIVATE: Thoughts on the Future of Music
SEARCH EVENT V, 27 October 2002


Toshio Hosokawa: LECTURE I: "About Noh Opera" and LECTURE II: "My Recent Music"
SEARCH EVENT V, 27 October 2002 and FOCUS Seminar, 29 October 2002