An Insta-Composer

September 6, 2018


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     The decision to make an Instagram came late last night, after a long session of proofing and editing for Of Love and Distance, my recently completed work for orchestra. I hadn't ever gotten around to making an account because I didn't spend a ton of time on social media, but this is the 21st century, and there's just no way around the fact that social media is anywhere and everywhere, especially for anybody who is anybody. So now, I can be somebody. That's how it works, right?


     I have to admit, even as a millennial, it took me a bit of time to figure out some of the features, controls, and settings of this app. There's no built-in guidebook for posting, hashtags, or artistic editing, so it's up to users to work it out themselves. I guess that's an apt descriptor for life in general?


     I also feel that applies to my composition process whenever I start a new piece. I tend to sketch about and fling ideas around until something sticks that sounds good, and once enough of those ideas are sticking, then I can build a piece around it. But until then, I have no idea what the structure of the piece is going to be, which is honestly pretty frustrating. Well, why not just plan the structure first and start filling it in from there? Funny you should ask, because I've tried that as well, and it doesn't seem to make a huge difference in my process. I'm always tinkering with the connections and form of it all until the magic moment hits and I can let the piece spin out.


     It's the same way in life and social media. We're always tinkering with connections (follows, groups, friends) and form (bios, posts, websites). Hopefully there's a magic moment for life where we can just stop worrying and let it all turn out okay. But that's probably after grad school, so I'll keep tinkering for now (hence the new account and the whole point of this blog post).


     See you out there on the other parts of the web!


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