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

Well, as ominously promised, here’s the big announcement now that the press conference is over and the proverbial cat is out of the bag. I have two major projects that will be taking up the majority of my time for the next year. They are: I’m one of the 2016 recipients of the Arts Council… Read More

The last two weeks have been pretty busy. In one fell swoop, I drove (yes, from Lansing) to the International Computer Music Conference (yes, in Texas) and then to the Electro-Acoustic Barn Dance (yes Virginia, it was in… well… Virginia…). Great conferences, lot of great pieces, great people, and great post-concert discussions of aesthetics/compositional techniques/orchestration/coding (pronounced… Read More

The last three pieces I’ve written have been miniatures (Isomorphic Haiku, Mind the Gaps, and Separation Anxiety). All are in the sub three minute category. I’m not embracing a Ramones style approach to composition – in fact, my current projects will both be quite a lot longer – but it has got me thinking a bit about… Read More

I’ve recently been working on a pretty involved coding project focused on analysis/comparison of contours of ordered pitch intervals in Pd and Processing (via OSC). Pretty heady stuff, with a ton of Googling in the [vain] hopes that there’s already an object to do what I need to do with lists. Since there usually isn’t,… Read More

The site is now back up – and overall, much improved. The new theme is much better than the old one. More modern (whatever that means), and dynamic (really, whatever that means). Auto-updates and backups have been configured, as has remote backups via my iPhone. Hopefully, this won’t crash again and force me to spend… Read More