SEAMUS 2016

(Savannah, GA) Just attended the SEAMUS 2016 Conference at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. It was very interesting to re-engage with this group after nearly nine years living in Europe. The last SEAMUS Conference I attended was back in 2006, when I was just getting started with electroacoustic music, learning SuperCollider, etc. A lot of […]

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Lietuva.

(Shropshire) A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting beautiful Lithuania for the first time. Under the auspices of the 15th Music Theory Conference sponsored jointly by the Lithuanian Composers Union and the Lithuanian Academy for Music and Theatre, the three-day event featured a small but very stimulating and congenial group of […]

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Strange Attractors: Thoughts on rhythm and meter in polyrhythmic space.

(DURHAM) In his explanatory notes to Mode de valeurs et d’intensités, Olivier Messiaen highlights the fact that the notated meter of 2/4 is merely for ease of performance, thereby discouraging the performer from attempting to fit the music into any accustomed a priori metric framings. When creating music in polyrhythmic space we may find ourselves […]

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Adelaide Festival.

(DURHAM) I submitted a soundtrack piece from a couple of years ago, The Method, to the 2014 Adelaide Festival for inclusion in their fantastic “Sound Introversion” web radio stream. If you couldn’t make it down under for the festival, why not check out the global mix of new ambient, drone, minimal, and low-volume electronica here. […]

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Better late than never.

(SNODS EDGE) Okay, I finally made a video demo for the piece I wrote for Stichting Conlon at Gaudeamus Muziekweek two years ago. The premiere at the Speelklokmuseum in Utrecht was musically lovely, but visually…not quite, um, no. Two years to get this done! Better late than never. It’s a good piece, I think. It’s […]

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On the physical sensation of time.

I’m remembering late September/early October of 2011 when I played a speaking role for the première of my friend Hashimoto Tomohisa’s opera The Butterfly Dream at the conservatorium in Den Haag. In one of the scenes, a duet with my character’s female paramour, we had alternating sections of text which were coordinated within 16-bar musical […]

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Concert update. Immigration.

(SNODS EDGE) Here is the poster I made for the upcoming Ensemble 7Bridges debut concerts in Huddersfield and at The Sage, Gateshead. Just twelve days to go! If you’re in the northeast of England around the 18th and 19th of May, why not treat yourself to seriously good new-music juiciness? Take a gander at this: […]

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