I 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/.
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 writers and editors who like to tune out the exterior verbal world with a soundscape of independent music, sharing listening resources is a good way to support the independent composers, musicians, and sound artists who contribute (unknowingly, indirectly) to our work. At the very least it makes the connections between independent musicians and their writerly listeners more visible.
A note about supporting independent artists
If you like a composer or performer’s work and want your money to directly support the music and the artistry, there are a few things you can do. BandCamp, SoundCloud, and the curation site MixCloud are good places to search for independent resources.* If you like what you hear, consider buying the music directly from the artist and/or making a donation. Attend shows whenever they come through your area. Share independent music resources with your friends and colleagues.
* For an interesting look at BandCamp and SoundCloud as platforms for independent musicians, see David Hesmondhalgh, Ellis Jones, and Andreas Rauh, “SoundCloud and BandCamp as Alternative Music Platforms, Social Media+Society 5, no. 4 (2019), DOI:10.1177/2056305119883429.
This page was updated on May 28, 2022.
Photo: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, © Theresa Truax-Gischler 2016.