I'm curious to see where our modern composers see their music, in relation to the western classical tradition of the last few centuries. Would you like to continue this tradition, and if so, how would this best be done? Does the serialist / atonal method appeal to you, perhaps as a means of breaking with the traditional sounds yet continuing the ideas of innovation and complexity in art? Or is it a more traditional, diatonic sound, perhaps used in a new way?
For myself, serialism simply sounds too awful to use. And the traditional harmonic approach has become so over-analysed that it seems sterile. The main place I look for ideas is to alternative traditions around the world, such as Indian Classical, etc. It's a wonderful time for this - to be able to listen to music from anywhere so easily. And I think that this is important for composers, because we are influenced by what we listen to. In this regard I don't think its possible to create music like in the past - stylistically we are exposed to too much. Perhaps a new approach is needed to cope with this variety.
Anyway, please add your thoughts, fellow composers. Where would you like your music to fit, in terms of the bigger picture?