Listening to Ladies

listening-to-ladies-elisabeth-blair-krystee-wylderA while back, when I first discovered the curated site Many Many Women and tweeted it, Listening to Ladies did me the courtesy of a retweet, and I was happy to discover them. Begun in June 2015, the curated music site features a daily online showcase of works by women composers, a concert series, and a weekly podcast. Composer Elisabeth Blair and singer-songwriter Krystee Wylder are the engines behind the curtains.

The heart of the Listening to Ladies website is their blogroll, an almost daily showcase of one piece of work by a woman composer. You’ll find it on their landing page and under the BLOG menu tab. While they do have an archived list of the composers featured, it seems to be a non-dynamic Excel list with no linkbacks to the original blog post of that composer. That makes this curation site a bit difficult to navigate. They seem also not to have a “search this website” widget. Thus, your only recourse for finding an artist is to scroll back through the blogroll or run a Google site search with the following syntax:

site:listeningtoladies.com yoursearchterm

As blog posts accumulate over time, that setup will become heavy-handed. A dynamic sidebar blog archive and a tag cloud for tracking genres would do wonders for site usability, as would a search widget and an archive with linkbacks to original posts. But my hope is that all that will come. My sense is that Listening to Ladies is an ongoing project and that they are in the process of updating their work. With a few more robust website archiving techniques, the site will only get better.

I think we can expect great things from the Blair/Wilder pair and encourage you to use their site for your writing and editing soundscapes.

Photos: Elizabeth Blair and Krystee Wilder, © Listening to Ladies, accessed December 8, 2018, http://listeningtoladies.com/.

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Many Many Women

many-many-womenI love coming across curated sites that bring together in one place targeted resources from across the vastness that is the webosphere. Many Many Women is just such a site, fit to purpose for discovering the work of composers who produce the kind of music I love to write or edit by. If I like a musician, I will buy their work. I don’t subscribe to commercial streaming services because I want my money to go as directly to the artist as possible. Curation sites like these help me find the artists I want to listen to and support.

Many Many Women is an online index of over a thousand female composers, improvisers, and sonic artists making various kinds of experimental and avant-garde music. It is arranged into genres, often with direct links to composer sites or SoundCloud profiles, and there is a running blogroll showcasing new additions to the index. Originally set up by an old friend, Steve Peters, in response to someone’s statement about the gender bias of her musical education, the site is currently maintained by audio archivist Megan Mitchell.

Enjoy and remember to support independent artists by buying their music directly from them, attending their concerts, and sharing their work with others.


Photo: Many Many Women, © Many Many Women, accessed 13 September, 2016, https://manymanywomen.com/.


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Music to Write or Edit By

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Good writing, like good editing, requires attention to verbal detail, and that takes concentration. Most of us who work with texts in one way or another spend extended hours in daily concentrated work. So much of the process of writing, rewriting, and editing is about cutting out the extraneous and going beneath the text to hear and feel the sound of the words and the logic of the ideas as they resonate internally. Cognitively, music can help with this process by creating the right tonal space for text work.

For those of us who like to tune out the exterior verbal world with a soundscape of more challenging music, I will post new listening resources to write or edit by as I find them. My aim is to bring together the work of independent composers and soundscape artists with the writers and editors who listen to and support them. I am specifically interested in independent composers who make and perform classical, experimental, avant-garde, electroacoustic, improvised, indigenous, film score, and ambient music—in my humble opinion, all good music to write or edit by.

I always like hearing about new resources, so if you find something you like, please send it to me at theresa@nonesuchedit.com. If it fits the criteria above, I will post it here.

A note about supporting independent artists

If I like a composer or performer’s work, I try to buy the music directly from them. I do not subscribe to streaming services. Instead, I want my money to directly support the music and the artistry. I also make it a practice to attend shows whenever they come through my area.

You can find “Music to Write or Edit By” resources gathered together in this category of my blog, or you can do your own searching on the internet or at BandCamp, SoundCloud, or the curation site MixCloud. If you like the music, consider buying it directly from the artist or making a donation.


Photo: Theresa Truax-Gischler, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, © Theresa Truax-Gischler 2016.


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