I come from a musical family. My mom is a piano teacher, my brother Aaron is a jazz saxaphonist, and my brother Adam creates a lot of electronic music. (Dad brings other things to the family. The legend goes that upon hearing him sing to me as a baby, my mom begged him to stop, citing the idea that he’d ruin my ear. Sorry Dad!) When I was a kid, I promised my mom that I would “never grow up to play the piano and bake cookies like you do”. Joke’s on me. My cookies are a big hit.
But seriously folks, I majored in composition, with an emphasis in music technology. My principle instrument is piano, but I play a lot of (bad) guitar and can handle several other instruments as well. Mainly, however (at least as far as audio goes), I’m a composer and digital audio artist. (That music tech major means I know all about synthesizers, music synthesis in general, and sound engineering.)
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These are fliers (flyers?) from my major recitals in college:
Oh yeah–I had really long hair back then. And I wore Birkenstocks. And overalls. And…oh, give me a break, it was Montana!
These are mostly pretty old, but still relevant to my artistic expression, I’d say.
- Too Close to be Strangers
Just a simple blues with a little country influence. The recording is really raw (just me and my guitar, recorded from my iBook’s internal mic…) but isn’t blues supposed to be that way?
- The Exodus Generation
This piece is in the same vein as Glenn Gould’s “contrapuntal radio” pieces. It was originally conceived and mixed for a quadraphonic environment. None of the text was scripted; I conducted, transcribed, and edited interviews with each character. I performed and recorded the Bach a minor prelude from WTC II and created the background sounds on an analog synth.
- First Experiment in Accidental Music
One summer when I was stuck without a piano for a few months, I took up painting as an artistic outlet (you can see some of my paintings
here). This piece was composed by splattering paint on staff paper and then transcribing the dots.
- Eleven Feet
This is an excerpt from some dance music in 11/8.
- (Excerpt) Bach Concerto in d minor (fast movement)
I sequenced the orchestra parts for synthesizer and then performed along with the recording. This was part of my senior recital of composition, music technology, and piano performance when I graduated from college.
- (Excerpt) Bach Concerto in d minor (slow movement)
An excerpt from the slow movement of the above concerto.
Lately, I’ve been working with my brother Adam on translating <2008/11/01/making-analytics-sing/">web analytics data into audio as a method of data analysis.