Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Rock Quartet piece

Working on a piece for rock quartet (electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drumset). The idea is to treat them as a chamber ensemble.

I've had this sketched out for quite some time and am finally putting it together. It is going to employ a lot of box notation, as shown. For those who don't know this technique, it basically means to play those pitches in any order and repeat ad libitum.

Still kind of sketching things out, going between Sibelius and pencil/paper. The percussionist will be playing something here, just haven't figured out exactly what.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Things are coming together for the flute piece, which I am sending off today! My Facebook friends had a good time coming up with titles. Some of the best include "Density 43" and "Requiem for a Tuner."

I will post it on my website in the near future; of course, I want my prospective players to see it first. In the meantime, enjoy yet another "old/unofficial" piece:

Straphanger Premix

Most people have remixes, but this is the ORIGINAL version of Straphanger. I worked on this for about a month, then decided to scrap it. I wrote Straphanger in one week - over Thanksgiving break in 2006. I was trying to get it ready to send off as part of my doctoral application for Illinois (I was accepted there but ended up going to Belfast instead). Anyway, it still has its moments, so I thought I would share.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


I had a good time this weekend at the New York Electroacoustic Music Festival. It was very well run and full of great music. I went to all but 2.5 of the concerts, and kinda feel exhausted now.

Petrichor was performed by a wonderful young clarinetist, Asuka Yamamato. I am happy with the performance, and I think that it fairly unique among the music at the festival, which is nice.

Some of my favorite pieces on the festival include: James Dashow's MATHEMATICS III from ARCHIMEDES (a planetarium opera), Paul Koonce's Clockwork, Irene Buckley and Mike Hannon's Evolution of close double stars, David A. Jaffe's Impossible Animals, and Anne LeBaron's The Left Side of Time.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Still working...

Just a quick update. I'm still working on the alto flute duet, and it's coming along ok. The performers want it by April 15th, so I'm hoping to finish it very soon.

Hmm...that reminds me...I need to finish my taxes soon, too.

Also, NYCEMF this week! My piece Petrichor will be performed on Saturday at the 6:45 pm concert.

Despite the date, I attest that this is all true.