Sorry for doing the huge wall of quotes thing - I don't want this to turn into something acrimonious as similar-layout messages in threads about politics/religion, etc become, but the splitting is for clarity not nitpicking.
Yes, of course that's how it is. Must be. I don't really like music.*
It's not that you "don't like" what you suggest - it is that you seem to have a habit of recommending things that you seem to know that the people you suggest them to will not like, seemingly both to prove a point to yourself about how terrible the taste of everybody else is, but also seemingly to punish them by wasting their time. Case in point, recommending harsh sounding electroacoustic music to people wanting something "uplifting" knowing that they very likely won't agree.
This example doesn't apply to the composers you mentioned in this thread, but the end result is the same - the feigned bemusement that a lot of the forum who do not listen to much of the style you like don't really want to talk about it. It takes two interested parties to have a conversation, and it can't be forced.
Here's a thread on "Irish Composers."
But it's not really a thread on Irish composers, is it? It's a thread on certain kinds of Irish composers. The other Irish need not apply. In fact, the other Irish don't even exist!!
It's a thread on Irish composers that people want to talk about
. I won't tell people what to discuss,* and I will tend to talk about what I like. If people who like different things wish to discuss them in the same thread, who cares? I hope you find some. But to object that people aren't indulging you enough is what I have a problem with, and IMO isn't making it easier to take recs from your posts. The more easy-going a person is about music I find difficult, the more easy it seems to eventually give it a try, and the forum has had nice discussions about contemporary composers (from people like Edward, Bruce, UB, Petrarch, etc) which I have taken a lot from - but, then the concern that they are talking about the wrong kind of composers for you might raise its head. It is like tip-toeing through a minefield where what is the worthy music is only known by you.
*I admit that it might seem that my choice of composer to open the post may set the tone, but even if I was really into contemporary Irish music, the composers who would be mentioned after would not have changed - Potter has a disc that had already attracted the attention of several forum members, John Field is ever-popular, etc. I didn't respond to the Field post because I'm not so interested in the music, and I treated your post in the same way not expecting that to be a problem.
Anyway, when you youtube something next time and don't like it, say so. Maybe a dialog will come out of that.
You don't make it easy, that is kind of my point. Although it's not just that - I've been happily making steps into the unknown for years because of recs from this forum, but what I perceive to be your core listening is a bit further away than where I am from atm. An example, I do kind of like one contemporary Irish composer, Donnacha Dennehy (the recent Nonesuch disc) - but once again, it comes back to him not fitting into your "acceptable" aesthetic (his music is somewhat new-age in inspiration).
Or you can go back to your little clique where everyone likes the same (kinds of) things and does not make eye contact! Either way, someone will have some kind of fun, eh?
This is kinda rude, it is equally easy to characterise your own opinions as cliquey, but I would rather just consider them a strong POV.