James M. Potter

writings on music, games, and culture

Tag: choral music

Watching: Whiplash – How do you make a musician?

“Not quite my tempo”

I recently had a chance to catch up with Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash (2014), a film about an aspiring jazz drummer who labours under the unforgiving tutelage of J. K. Simmons’ bandleader. In addition to being a great film, it throws up all sorts of interesting questions about the nature of talent and creativity, and, in particular, just how far you can or should push someone to realise their talent.

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Diary: Stars

For a concert with my choral group, Fratres, I’ve been preparing a piece by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. It’s a setting of a poem, Stars, by Sara Teasdale, and the composer sets it for a choir which accompanies itself on tuned wine-glasses. Read the rest of this entry »