Composer Alive is an annual summer-long collaboration between ACM and a composer in a different geographical region from us. The composer writes a piece and emails it to us in installments and we record and post it as he/she writes it. In this way the composer can hear his piece performed as he is writing it.
He is encouraged to take risks and try new things because he can always change what he has written from installment to installment. Hearing the pieces in installments and reading the composer comments along the way is also a great way for our audience to get inside a composer's head and understand more about what composing music entails.
This helps to demystify the compositional process and make it accessible and understandable to anyone.