I’ve been struggling with how to compose a piece in response to the rapid disintegration of norms and rights in the US under the Trump administration. While I’m generally all in for political protests, I’ve always found overtly political art to be hackneyed and ephemeral. Yet, watching the ever-coarsening discourse and the un-accountability of both… Read More


For two years, I worked closely with Dr. Catherine Ryu of Michigan State University’s Department of Linguistics and Languages in creating a unique audio database of all monosyllables in Mandarin across the various tonal levels; the Tone Perfect: Multimodal Database for Mandarin Chinese.  The goal of this project is to have an easily accessible repository… Read More


Based on a forum post, I created a quick and dirty (and very inelegantly coded) Max patch to allow control of the individual LED cells on a Linnstrument – both versions should work on either the Linnstrument 128 or 200. Both standalone versions will work with other DAWS and softsynths running (tested with Reaper running… Read More


Last night, I had the pleasure of performing live at Wayne State University’s Faculty Electroacoustic Music Concert with a number of other wonderful composers. I did something a little different for me. Instead of having a nice, safely planned set, I decided to do a live improvisation with a Linnstrument. The piece turned out extremely… Read More


Yeah, I’m a slacker who hasn’t composed or gone to many festivals this last year. I know. I also have a really good excuse – I’ve been teaching at both Mott Community College and Oakland University. That tends to take up a lot of time, as did the CD project. But despite having all of my free… Read More


I haven’t composed much this year. In fact, I’ve only written two pieces: Mechanical Landscapes (commissioned and premiered by East Lansing High School) and now, Concrete Oasis. The latter is a pretty big work though. Clocking in at just under 50 minutes, Concrete Oasis has been my main project for nearly a year. Generously sponsored by the Arts Council… Read More


There have been some things in the works for a while now that I haven’t posted about thus far. Mostly this is because I wanted to make sure that they were completed before I started promoting them. Well, here’s the first. I’m very excited to announce that my piece Exploring the Remains of a Giant has been… Read More


Recently, I’ve been pretty swamped with work. I’m teaching a Music Fundamentals course, helping with some grants, two major commissions, and of course, coding. So, I’ve been neglecting getting super deep into setting up the perfect Ableton Live session before jumping into the compositional process. So, in my spare time, I’ve been defining templates for… Read More