Category: Blog

The TWEAK Experience

I’ve finally received the recording of my piece for Wind Ensemble and Electronics, TWEAK!  I’ve been waiting to blog this until I had all the goods to put into a post, and now that I do, here we go! The whole Digital Embrace (the concert’s title) was an incredible event.  David Vickerman, the conductor/organizer, really put himself out there to… Read more →

Applying for Competitions…

…is something that many of us composers feel compelled to do.  The plus side is that you get your piece performed (usually), the opportunity to take home some cash (less frequently), and worst-case scenario, you at least get something to pad your résumé with. For the uninitiated, the process of applying to competitions goes a little something like this: You… Read more →

Lately, I have been…

…thinking about the emergent protest happening in New York City, Occupy Wall Street.  It all started with a colleague and sometime acquaintance of mine, Loren Loiacono (Twitter: @lorenlo), posting a link to Gawker’s article about the protest movement.  Of interest is the video of life in the camp in Zuccotti Park: Right Here All Over (Occupy Wall St.) from Alex Mallis… Read more →

It took some doing…

…but I finally got the first half of my piece for bass clarinet and electronics, Air Reel, up and ready in mockup form!  I’ve plugged in the Finale playback of the bass clarinet, combined with the actual electronics.  Take a listen (I’ve made this into an mp3 for the sake of speed and bandwith!): [haiku url=”http://db.tt/tvqrz044″ ] If that doesn’t… Read more →

I’m taking the morning…

…to do some long-overdue composing on my latest piece, Air Reel for bass clarinet and fixed media, for bass clarinetist, basset hornist, and all-around badass Lisa Preimesberger.  I’m fully back in school, and have recently taken a job with a Big Awesome Fruit-Themed Computer Company (I’m not allowed to talk about them on the Internet, so that’s as specific as I’m going… Read more →

I’m really not…

…that into quoting people; it feels too fake, too Hallmark Greetings for me to draw any meaning from it.  Nonetheless, this quote has always inspired me, which is funny when you consider the quote: “The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the… Read more →

This summer has been…

…a little rocky in terms of, well, gainful employment.  As a result, the blog has been a little neglected in favor of days being spent hanging out on Craigslist and Monster.com, trying to figure out some kind of job situation.  It’s deeply concerning how lazy composing feels when you need to earn some money…well, lazy isn’t the right word.  Long story… Read more →

Overbite, Update 2

Okay, folks.  Here’s another update on my latest page, Overbite.  Check out the score here: And take a listen to the Finale-Playback-Thing Here: [haiku url=”http://dl.dropbox.com/u/15375722/overbite1.mp3″ ] I’d love to hear any feedback that you have; leave a comment! Read more →

With the premiere…

…of my Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano just around the corner (Tuesday at 3:00pm at San Francisco State University), I decided to take a final listen to the bleep-blorp-bleep playback of the Finale playback orchestra dealy.  I’m not sure what put me in the mood.  Aside from the mistakes in range in places (I apparently thought the piano had… Read more →