“In my beginning is my end ...” (T.S. Eliot, “East Coker,” Four Quartets)
As every project begins, so too should it end, and textura is no exception. There are many reasons for the decision to shut the site's doors, but for simplicity's sake we'll borrow the words Orthlorng Musork posted at its own site upon retiring in 2004: “Why do we stop? The simple and honest truth is that we want to devote our time to other creative things [and] want to take on other projects with as much love and intensity as we did this one.” In textura's case, thousands of hours have been dedicated to the project for twelve years, and the desire to explore other creative directions can no longer be denied.
There is much to celebrate: at the risk of seeming immodest, textura is proud (relieved might be a better word) that during its twelve-year run, not one edition arrived late, despite the all-too-common computer-related challenges that occasionally threatened to derail the publication process, and with no ads or pop-ups crowding its pages, the site was 100% content from start to finish. An incredible amount of music was covered during the site's tenure (as evidenced by the almost seven thousand articles and reviews in the archives), and it was a genuine thrill to be granted the opportunity to interview artists whose work we had admired and listened to for years, among them Ian Anderson, Greg Osby, Jane Ira Bloom, Pye Hastings, and Maria Schneider.
A few words about edition 135: for this 'wrap-up' issue, we've selected twelve favourite articles from the archives and complemented that with reviews of the top album picks from the annual year-end roundups; in that same spirit, twelve favourite videos have been selected. Please note that the textura site will remain available in its current archive form until the end of 2016, after which it will gracefully leave the stage, fade from view, and become nothing more than a memory...
It would be well nigh impossible to thank everyone who supported textura during its twelve-year run; certain parties do, however, stand out for having provided an exceptional amount of support and encouragement. In that spirit textura offers its sincerest thanks to: Chantal Acda, Ricks Ang, Gamall Awad, Eric Benoit, Mike Cadoo, Shanti and Buck Curran, CYNE, Paul Dickow, Keith Downey, Anneli Drecker, Yair Etziony, Mike Fazio, Tobias Fischer, Brian Foote, Jim Fox, Anne Garner, Stefan Goldmann, Robert Henke, Steven Hitchell, Ezekiel Honig, Dennis Huddleston, Jonathan Lee, Kerry Leimer, Kevin Kastning, Ryan Keane, Isa Koehler, Akira Kosemura, Bruno Lasnier, Will Long, Thomas Meluch, Scott Monteith, Jonas Munk, James Murray, David Newman, Morgan Packard, Michael Robinson, Roomful of Teeth, Maria Schneider, Cécile Schott, Dirk Serries, Shawn Seymour, Liam Singer, Jill Strominger, Mark Templeton, Robert Scott Thompson, Christopher Tignor, Andy Vaz, and Brock Van Wey.
textura is especially thankful to the artists featured on the textura label's three releases (all still available in physical and digital form at the textura bandcamp site): Ben Chatwin, Mike Fazio, Ryan Francesconi (and Lili De La Mora), Émilie Livernois-Desroches, Eric Quach, Kentaro Togawa, Alexander Turnquist, and Damian Valles.
textura produced 135 issues between August 2004 and June 2016; eleven editions were published each year featuring experimental, electronic, jazz, and classical music-related reviews, interviews, and articles, and in 2008, the textura label was founded (details here).