CHANGE WITHOUT DECAY
The Editor peers ahead
As the year creeps to its close (I'm tempted to rephrase that: 'as the
year gallops to its close'), Music & Vision's first birthday
is nigh. That, for the editorial team, seems hardly credible. But proof
is found in our database, now crammed with material, much of it as relevant
today as when first published. All of it is available to readers for a few
clicks of the mouse.
My thoughts turn to what we promised on 1 January 1999. I cannot claim
that we have entirely fulfilled this, but we are on the way, thanks to some
excellent writers giving us the cream of their knowledge, experience and
Feedback from readers has never advanced beyond a trickle, but we've
gained an idea that our present course of direction and development meets
with general approval. If some of you disagree, please send
Anybody reading this - whether in Iceland, Chile, New Zealand, or a hundred
other territories - probably interacts with local musicmaking. The internet
has, in effect, shrunk the world, and we wish to take advantage of this
by increasing the amount of news we give of forthcoming performance, whether
professional or amateur. In the latter category, we look especially for
Please, if you have news to pass on, do so using
our form. It is so simple, cutting out pen, paper, ink, blotting paper,
envelopes and stamps. I do not imply that readers are unaware. We just tend
not to compare the state of present technology with the impedimenta of a
You will doubtless notice a stream of small design changes as we endeavour
to make things easier to read, and easier for readers to control. We all
operate in cyberspace, so its best developments must be evaluated and shared
if the outcome is to be worthwhile.
As for Music itself - this art and craft to which we all pay allegiance
- what will be the 21st century stimuli for progress in its various manifestations?
Of 'progress' there is no doubt: nothing living can survive without growth
and therefore change. The fascination of such an invitation to prophecy
lies in its unpredictability. Each generation yields a few musical giants.
What will the 21st century giants amongst composers have up their sleeves?
Copyright © Basil Ramsey, October
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