Alf Bishai is a composer/music director in New York City. He has taught classical theory and ear training at NYU since 2001. During his masters degree, Alf experienced the standard existential crisis many young composers face. He dove into film and church music as a career while trying to crack the code on classical composition. He eventually wrote a book on the paradigms of classical music culture. He is the founder of a composition venture called The Ear, which launches in October.


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In this episode Alf discusses the importance of writing music that lots of people love, and more!

Other topics discussed in this episode:

  • Cracking the code of classical music composition
  • The evolution of classical music
  • Music for music’s sake vs. music for people’s sake
  • Making a living writing music
  • The importance of selling records
  • Monetizing music
  • How people want new music
  • There is an audience in place
  • Building a fan culture
  • The need for curators in new music
  • Pandering to the audience


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