Saturday, October 22, 2011

Improv with Tim Kaiser

Had a good time at the Laboratory Music #4 Improv Fest last weekend. I was paired up with Tim Kaiser, who was touring from Minnesota. Tim's day job is making cool instruments - here's a link to a Make Magazine video profile of Tim.

I think we gelled pretty well. These improvisations were limited to 9 minutes, hence the buzzer at the very end.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Grad Student Composer

Here is my third video sketch:

I decided to be a little lighthearted and less abstract on this one. It is a glimpse into my workspace - i.e. my life. Grading some theory tests, taking notes on a dissertation about Adorno, writing a piece for flute and guitar, programming an Arduino and soldering components for Tether. Also, making copious amounts of coffee and trying to destress by jamming on the piano.

I recently solved a snag in Tether, so I'm happy about that, and we're starting to get things together. Still hoping to perform it at UF on Oct. 28, but if that fails I applied to a student festival in Miami in November we may be able to do.

Flute and guitar piece is done. I am Lilyponding - most of it was pretty quick but the hairpins and guitar fingerings keep interfering - I want the dynamics to consistently be below, but alas, I have not yet sussed that out. (then again, I only started yesterday!)

Current projects include a paper on Mr. Bungle's "Quote Unquote," a transcription of a Daniel Myer (Haujobb) interview for my prof, yet another video, and getting things set up for our guest performer and guest composer next semester.