[ Vox Novus - the new voice for contemporary music ]
the new voice in contemporary music
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Robert Voisey
Hello, and thank you for your interest. My name is Robert Voisey; I am a composer, producer, the founder of Vox Novus, and Vice-President of the Living Music Foundation. My aim is to create a new landscape in which composers can freely express themselves. Composition is a field where the roads to success and fulfillment are hindered by many obstacles, some obvious and some subtle. My mission is to help others overcome these obstacles by highlighting and expanding existing avenues to success.

As composers, we share the need to express ourselves through music, in whatever aesthetic, style or medium that we choose. This expression originates with the composer and is transmitted through music to the audience. Whether our audience be wide and diverse, few and intimate, or maybe just even one, we all feel the need to put a story, feeling, or idea into music that expresses what we need to express.

Living in a capitalistic economic and sociological environment, composers need to do much more than solely create music; they must be musical entrepreneurs.

Feeling the frustration of having to be my own agent, promoter, marketer, concertmaster, publisher, web designer, and proofreader, I looked for a solution that would encompass these things. I saw that my friends and close colleagues were doing the same work towards their own careers, and that we could benefit each other by combining our efforts. I created a company to reap the benefits of my hard work and to help others do the same. This company is Vox Novus.

I soon realized the huge demand for a new "home" for contemporary composers--a place where composers can become self-reliant musical entities, and survive in this new world of composition.

Vox Novus is intended to be: A resource of information for composers, helping them to self-publish or be published, record themselves or be recorded, concertize or be programmed on a concert. A place where a vast network of other composers can connect, to learn about and explore varying aesthetics and styles developing an stronger awareness of their own voice and expression. And a growing community of composers, artists, and enthusiasts of all backgrounds and interests.

For more information about my own music, current projects and other music activities, please visit my personal page at http://www.voxnovus.com/composer/Robert_Voisey.htm.

"There is a hungry audience waiting to hear new music."

I have found that new music is not unpopular, but is presented in an unpopular way and is difficult for audiences to enjoy. When I started Vox Novus in 2000 and started listing contemporary works on the website, we initiated thousands of downloads per week from people around the world. And with my experience presenting 60x60, I have watched audiences experience and enjoy the most diverse range of music without even noticing they were listening to contemporary music. Sometimes they did not know it was music, but regardless they accepted it and enjoyed it.

A place to hear the Composer's Voice

In 2001 the Composer's Voice concert series was started by me to give composer's a venue for their compositional "voice" to be heard by audiences. The idea was to have a chamber concert series where works could be debuted, encored, and encouraged to incorporated in musicians' repetoire. Composer's Voice was designed in order to empower composers (and musicians) to promote themselves and present contemporary music to audiences to foster more performances.

The world of 60x60

When I started 60x60 in 2003, the primary mission was to create a series that would present the vast styles and aesthetics of recorded fixed media music scene. Designed specifically to be easy to produce and enjoyable for audiences to experience, 60x60 has become so much more. I expected the project to prosper and collaborate with multimedia; however, 60x60 performances have become rally points for all contemporary music of all styles and empowers any artist willing to embrace the world of 60x60 including: choreographers, dancers, film makers, videographers, photographers, and scultpors.

Fame and Glory

Embracing the popularity of "miniatures," I created a chamber music project incorporating 15 one-minute works specifically written for a msican or ensemble. Fifteen Minutes of Fame is designed to present audiences with a diverse range of chamber music performed by the musicians who champion contemporary music. The project was also designed to strengthen the new music community by exposing musicians and composers to each other inspiring further collaboraton.
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[ Vox Novus - the new voice for contemporary music ]
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