I owe all of my early musical achievements to a local music teacher in the town I grew up in, named David Bailey. He was the kind of teacher that rolled with whatever I decided to come in to learn that night, be it horn, conducting, or composing. Extremely supportive of my musical career, he gave me my first conducting gigs, as well as my first premiere. As for the specific impetus as to why I started composing then, my parents bought me a new horn when I was thirteen. In the case was some blank staff paper. I looked at it, and had an epiphany:”if this stuff comes blank, why not try to fill it?” I brought Mr. Bailey the first thing I wrote (a duet for horn and trumpet, because Mr. Bailey was a trumpet player), and the rest is history.

The Glass
June 27, 2011
Interview with Christopher McGovern


 As far as what I’m listening to these days, I find that classical music often defines itself by what it excludes as opposed to what it includes, and I don’t think this is a particularly healthy way to define what I would like to do or maybe what we’re doing now.  So having listened to mostly classical music in one form or another growing up, it sort of put me at what I feel is a disadvantage coming into the environment where I am now, where pop music is playing a much more significant role.  So I’m sort of playing catch-up that way.  I’m trying to listen to as much as possible…  

No Extra Notes
June 20, 2011
Podcast interview with host Richard Zarou


With the advent of digital photography, there came a backlash. Older photographers hated the idea: it vastly democratized an already very democratic medium of photography, allowing many with no training at all to pick up a camera and start taking pictures. It undermined their years of darkroom experience. People didn’t have to concentrate on the shot as much because if they messed up, they could see it in the viewscreen and simply retake the shot. It watered down the public’s desire for high-quality film photography which digital photography still can’t match to this day. Still, more pro photographers use digital cameras today than film, even though they know that film is better.

“Craft” is an idea we use to make ourselves feel like we’ve earned some kind of legitimacy through years of study, that making art is somehow not as random and intuitive and inexplicable as we know it to be. Craft helps, but it’s not something I’m worried about losing when I choose to make my life a little bit easier.

I Care If You Listen
March 24, 2011
Interview by Thomas DeNeuville