7 Music Essays, Opera and the Power of Words

The Feminine Musique: Multimedia and Women Today
In high school I wanted to be a professional musician and a writer when I grew up. I remember sending off short stories to several professional publications (and I still have the rejection letters somewhere). Well, I am still not a bestselling author, but I do enjoy writing about music and even the occasional short story.
I recently published several articles on music technology, music education, and Halloween film scores.

The written word has the means to express ideas that are only felt in music. Combined they can create an incredible powerful force. Maybe that is why I felt compelled to write Libertaria: The Virtual Opera. Opera is the quintessential dramatic form combining music and words. Not only does the audience feel the strains of music ripping at their soul, the words provide a new level that invades their mental space as they absorb sight and sound, creating the nearly perfect art form.

Recent articles include:
New Music Box Article about Digital Music and Collaboration
The Secret Aural Life of Drummers (playing percussion by ear)
Women in Sound Art: 7 Musical Microportraits (TERZ)
The Making of a Virtual Opera (Fall IAWM Music Journal)
Brief Halloween Film Score Tutorial

You can enjoy a free read of Music, Women, and Technology: 7 Essays below. This short set of essays cover topics on contemporary music, women in music, and composition, including The Failure of Superwoman, The Silent Noise of John Cage, The Composer's Daughter, and Decomposing Composers.
Music, Women, and Technology: 7 Essays (Kindle Edition) 


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Comments

Mary said…
Very interesting. Keep the writing, S.Pena Young. Certainly you will be discovered not long for your music essays. I know getting recognition is not the end goal of your work, I bet it is the happiness that you feel upon writing down your thoughts.

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