(missed connections despite)

(missed connections despite)

missed connections despite. I finally decided on a title for the piece I'm writing for the Iowa State Symphony performance in the fall. I've been toying with titles for this piece now for a few months, struggling to get the right confluence of words to inspire my creative self into writing the damned piece. This is the title. I'm telling myself it is...

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Killing Me Softly With My Song

Killing Me Softly With My Song

At one time in my life, I wrote a lot of music. So much so, that I worked on 2-3 projects all at once. Now, this was in the good ol’ days—between the ages of 14 and 24. Right now, I’m 36. It didn’t matter what I wrote, who I wrote it for, or how big or how small the piece was, or whether I finished it or not—I simply wrote it. Needless to say, I wrote a lot of fucking music in a period of 10 or so years…

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The Michael Jackson Diaries: On Composing "The Facts and Dreams of the World According to Michael Jackson"

The Michael Jackson Diaries: On Composing "The Facts and Dreams of the World According to Michael Jackson"

In the car listening to whatever bullshit comes on my iPod. Somewhere between Closing Time and Come On Eileen I start thinking about Damien Hirst's Medicine Cabinets.  I remember looking at images of them and being drawn to the directness of the subject matter and the simplicity of how boxes and bottles of various mundane pharmaceuticals were arranged within the cabinetry.  White and colors. Simply put, he hung the shelving that you would see in pharmacies on the wall and voila, art…

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On Synthestration: Part One

On Synthestration: Part One

When I started writing music, there was no notation software –  thus making it essential that you either had to clearly hear the music in your head or at least, with some level of confidence, make sure that you could bang it out on a piano.  This is how I composed throughout high school and my first year at Oberlin.

My friend Wally gave a copy of Finale during my first year of Oberlin (on two 3 1/2 inch disks)…

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Six Pieces - Sixty Minutes - Six Months

I've decided it was time to start posting again. I have to write four pieces in the next four months, ranging from a solo piece through orchestra in size.  In addition, I have two other pieces that have perpetually been on the back burner for years.  4+2 = yes, that is six.  My plan is to finish all of these within six months.  Each piece is going to be roughly 10 minutes in duration [CDIC Cat. III, cf. ] – meaning 60 minutes…

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