Here’s a rumination from composer Chip Clark on YouTube and getting your music heard in the 21st century:
Recently, I’ve been writing a series of posts entitled “What kind of Classical Music Should I Write?” Part of the reason for this series is to better understand the quest to be heard. Putting black dots on a piece of paper isn’t music unless those dots get transformed into something audible.
In this digital world, where anyone can post a YouTube video, or put their music up on a music sharing website it’s easier than ever to get music into the hands (or ears) of listeners. Classical Music is seeing a boom in online sales by virtue of the virtual world. There are few composers I know that don’t have some sort of musical presence on the internet – and justifiably this is just one way for them to market themselves. My own website, chipmichael.com, has gotten me more than one performance by allowing a way to get samples and pdf scores into the hands of potential performers as part of the consideration process. But before any of that can happen, the music has to first be performed.