a music that responds to total sonic excess
I tell them I want to hear music that one computer could not easily make on its own. I want to hear the pulse of multiple intelligences all thinking through the vast plethora of sound that any computer is constantly carrying around. Today's students pack thousands of songs on their devices at any one time—what can one do with all that music save collect it and claim it? Answer: Combine it all together in unforeseen ways, to develop a new musical aesthetic in the context of too much musical information. I want them to learn to hear many sounds simultaneously, and produce a music that responds to our situation of total sonic excess.
David Rothenberg teaches an electronic music course where he encourages his students, rather than composing alone at 4am, to improvise live together in class.