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Emmy-Award winning Composer, Michael Whalen on 'Meaning'

When describing how music is composed, the lines blur between what is quantifiable, and what is ethereal. As with most creative professions, the characteristics of music composition are limited to a point. Personal preference and subjectivity come into play. Our interpretation of sound plays a great part in how we feel about it. Michael Whalen, Emmy Award-winning composer, embraces this enigmatic part of the craft. “I like to explore the unconscious part of it,” he says, “the idea that you’re listening to a piece of music, and it’s affecting you in ways that you are not immediately conscious of. I get e-mails and letters from people all the time saying, ‘We were listening to one of your albu

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