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Writing Music that Speaks to the Human Spirit

A visit with Thomas McKenney, Professor, Composition and Music Theory

By LuAnne Roth
Published: - Topics: electronic music composition music

"Music needs to balance emotion and intellect"

Topics: tension electronic music

“There’s nothing quite like the high of hearing one of your own pieces played,” McKenney admits, “but to me the most important thing is the active, creative process itself.” While he seeks to try to write the best music he can, McKenney believes his teacher’s advice that music needs to balance emotion and intellect. If you have too much of either, “things get out of whack.” Furthermore, “there should be a communication process in all art,” McKenney adds, an interactive process between composer, performers, and the audience. If one part fails, it negatively impacts the process.