Incidentally, it’s obviously N*w C*mpl*x*ty week in the British press – here’s a very fine piece on James Dillon (whose music is also being performed in Huddersfield) in today’s Times.
The complexity came about as a way of creating music that approximates to the complexity of being alive today, he says. Which is why he was never tempted by minimalism. “I’m not keen on hypnotics,” he explains. “It’s why I gave up acid. They render you mindless; you stop thinking. There’s something politically and ideologically dangerous about it.”
But isn’t there a middle way? Composers who are producing more accessible music, such as Judith Weir and Julian Anderson, are the ones winning friends, aren’t they? “These are people who are — how does one put it? — embraced by the establishment. But are they winning audiences in France, Germany, Italy and Spain?” he asks. “The world is not England for me.”