Mikel Rouse is the poster boy for composer self-sufficiency. Not that he's the first to achieve it. Charles Ives and Conlon Nancarrow led careers independent of other musicians and music organizations, but paid dearly for it: Ives heard little of his music performed until he was in his fifties. Nancarrow waited until age 65 for any recognition at all. But the computer has added vast new vistas to the composer's landscape of self-driven opportunities, and while many are taking advantage of them, Rouse seems to stay three steps... More >>>