Simon Cummings is creating 5:4, a blog to explore, discuss & critique contemporary music
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In January 2008 I started 5:4, a blog devoted to the most interesting, innovative and impressive contemporary and avant-garde music of our time. It all began in a pretty understated way with this article, simply sharing some recent sounds that had been catching my ear.

Since then, the blog has grown enormously, both in terms of the scope of my coverage and readership. I've written over 800 articles, including reviews of concerts and new releases, comprehensive critiques of new works, conversations with composers and performers, thematic explorations of new music, podcasts and mix tapes, retrospectives of composers and specific works/albums, and annual lists of the best music of the year.

A decade on, 5:4 is one of the very few websites committed to in-depth coverage and critique of new music. Alex Ross – music critic and author of The Rest Is Noise – has described the blog as "a powerful and uncompromising voice in the international new-music world". My articles have been re-published in print periodicals, and are regularly quoted and cited in academic papers, articles, essays, and programme notes. The blog has therefore come to occupy a rare and important position in the discussion and outreach of contemporary music.

Personally speaking, 5:4 is now one of the most significant parts of my musical life, sitting equally alongside my activities as a composer and researcher. I love writing it; love the opportunity to introduce and explore new and unfamiliar music to a much wider audience; love being able to discover and share landmarks and pointers that help navigate a coherent way through new works; love being able to demonstrate how exciting and ground-breaking contemporary music can be, and how it can transform our understanding and preconceptions of the art.

Writing and maintaining 5:4 requires a lot of time and energy. A typical article takes anywhere from a couple of hours to a full day or more. I regard such a considered approach as this to be vital for a meaningful engagement with music. As a composer myself, I know just how much goes into the creation of even a single bar or a few seconds of sound. It deserves and needs respect and attention.

5:4 is free to read. There's no paywall, no charges for reading certain articles, and this is how I want it to remain. And I want to take the blog much further, review a wider range of concerts and releases, record long-form dialogues with many more composers and performers, make in-depth explorations of individual pieces and albums, and create more podcasts. All of these things will expand further the contribution 5:4 makes to the discussion and understanding of contemporary music.

To do this, I need your help. With even a small donation each month, I'll be able to bring a lot more time and ambition to the blog, and ultimately explore and discuss an even greater range of music in even more depth. So if you have found 5:4 an interesting, entertaining, useful or valuable resource over the last ten years, please do consider becoming a patron.

Thank you for your support!

5against4.com
Tiers
Friend
$2 or more per month 8 patrons
Patrons who pledge $2 or more per month will be listed on the blog's Patrons page.
Sponsor
$5 or more per month 8 patrons
Patrons who pledge $5 or more per month will be listed on the blog's Patrons page, and receive a digital download of one of my large-scale electronic cycles, either Simulated Music (2011), Dither • Pother • Roil (2012) or 間 [ma] (2017).
Advocate
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Patrons who pledge $10 or more per month will be listed on the blog's Patrons page, and receive a physical copy of my CD Triptych, May/July 2009.
Benefactor
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
Patrons who pledge $25 or more per month will be listed on the blog's Patrons page, receive physical copies of my CDs Triptych, May/July 2009 and Dither • Pother • Roil, and we can discuss your suggestions about music you'd like to see explored on the blog.
Philanthropist
$50 or more per month 1 patron
Patrons who pledge $50 or more per month will be listed on the blog's Patrons page, receive signed physical copies of my CDs Triptych, May/July 2009 and Dither • Pother • Roil, as well as a monthly one-hour chat on Skype about a musical topic of your choosing.
Champion
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Patrons who pledge $100 or more per month will be listed on the front page of the blog as well as its Patrons page, receive signed physical copies of my albums Triptych, May/July 2009, The Stuff of Memories, Dither • Pother • Roil and 間 [ma], plus digital downloads of my entire back catalogue. You'll also receive a random CD every month from the selection that i've recently reviewed, as well as a monthly one-hour chat on Skype about a musical topic of your choosing.


Boss
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
Patrons who pledge $250 or more per month will be listed on the front page of the blog as well as its Patrons page, receive signed physical copies of my  albums Triptych, May/July 2009, The Stuff of Memories, Dither • Pother • Roil and 間 [ma], plus digital downloads of my entire back catalogue. You'll also receive three CDs of your choice every month from the selection that i've recently reviewed, as well as a monthly two-hour discussion by Skype or, if possible, in person. Additionally, you get to choose a specific composer, piece, album or topic that you'd like me to write about.
Goals
$100 – reached! per month
When i reach $100 per month, I'll be able to investigate treating 5:4 to a complete visual overhaul, with a new snazzy theme/layout that'll make it even easier and more engaging when reading new articles and navigating through the ten years of archive.
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In January 2008 I started 5:4, a blog devoted to the most interesting, innovative and impressive contemporary and avant-garde music of our time. It all began in a pretty understated way with this article, simply sharing some recent sounds that had been catching my ear.

Since then, the blog has grown enormously, both in terms of the scope of my coverage and readership. I've written over 800 articles, including reviews of concerts and new releases, comprehensive critiques of new works, conversations with composers and performers, thematic explorations of new music, podcasts and mix tapes, retrospectives of composers and specific works/albums, and annual lists of the best music of the year.

A decade on, 5:4 is one of the very few websites committed to in-depth coverage and critique of new music. Alex Ross – music critic and author of The Rest Is Noise – has described the blog as "a powerful and uncompromising voice in the international new-music world". My articles have been re-published in print periodicals, and are regularly quoted and cited in academic papers, articles, essays, and programme notes. The blog has therefore come to occupy a rare and important position in the discussion and outreach of contemporary music.

Personally speaking, 5:4 is now one of the most significant parts of my musical life, sitting equally alongside my activities as a composer and researcher. I love writing it; love the opportunity to introduce and explore new and unfamiliar music to a much wider audience; love being able to discover and share landmarks and pointers that help navigate a coherent way through new works; love being able to demonstrate how exciting and ground-breaking contemporary music can be, and how it can transform our understanding and preconceptions of the art.

Writing and maintaining 5:4 requires a lot of time and energy. A typical article takes anywhere from a couple of hours to a full day or more. I regard such a considered approach as this to be vital for a meaningful engagement with music. As a composer myself, I know just how much goes into the creation of even a single bar or a few seconds of sound. It deserves and needs respect and attention.

5:4 is free to read. There's no paywall, no charges for reading certain articles, and this is how I want it to remain. And I want to take the blog much further, review a wider range of concerts and releases, record long-form dialogues with many more composers and performers, make in-depth explorations of individual pieces and albums, and create more podcasts. All of these things will expand further the contribution 5:4 makes to the discussion and understanding of contemporary music.

To do this, I need your help. With even a small donation each month, I'll be able to bring a lot more time and ambition to the blog, and ultimately explore and discuss an even greater range of music in even more depth. So if you have found 5:4 an interesting, entertaining, useful or valuable resource over the last ten years, please do consider becoming a patron.

Thank you for your support!

5against4.com

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Tiers
Friend
$2 or more per month 8 patrons
Patrons who pledge $2 or more per month will be listed on the blog's Patrons page.
Sponsor
$5 or more per month 8 patrons
Patrons who pledge $5 or more per month will be listed on the blog's Patrons page, and receive a digital download of one of my large-scale electronic cycles, either Simulated Music (2011), Dither • Pother • Roil (2012) or 間 [ma] (2017).
Advocate
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Patrons who pledge $10 or more per month will be listed on the blog's Patrons page, and receive a physical copy of my CD Triptych, May/July 2009.
Benefactor
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
Patrons who pledge $25 or more per month will be listed on the blog's Patrons page, receive physical copies of my CDs Triptych, May/July 2009 and Dither • Pother • Roil, and we can discuss your suggestions about music you'd like to see explored on the blog.
Philanthropist
$50 or more per month 1 patron
Patrons who pledge $50 or more per month will be listed on the blog's Patrons page, receive signed physical copies of my CDs Triptych, May/July 2009 and Dither • Pother • Roil, as well as a monthly one-hour chat on Skype about a musical topic of your choosing.
Champion
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Patrons who pledge $100 or more per month will be listed on the front page of the blog as well as its Patrons page, receive signed physical copies of my albums Triptych, May/July 2009, The Stuff of Memories, Dither • Pother • Roil and 間 [ma], plus digital downloads of my entire back catalogue. You'll also receive a random CD every month from the selection that i've recently reviewed, as well as a monthly one-hour chat on Skype about a musical topic of your choosing.


Boss
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
Patrons who pledge $250 or more per month will be listed on the front page of the blog as well as its Patrons page, receive signed physical copies of my  albums Triptych, May/July 2009, The Stuff of Memories, Dither • Pother • Roil and 間 [ma], plus digital downloads of my entire back catalogue. You'll also receive three CDs of your choice every month from the selection that i've recently reviewed, as well as a monthly two-hour discussion by Skype or, if possible, in person. Additionally, you get to choose a specific composer, piece, album or topic that you'd like me to write about.