A couple of quick updates

I’ve been musicking like crazy lately, hence the lack of updates. Here’s a quick catcher-upper:

  • All of the tracks for the sound installation version On The Beach are ready, and the standalone program to run them is in the works. I realized I can run them equally well using Ableton Live, and recently bought an Akai APC 20 (my new favorite toy), so I’m going to use that in some circumstances, the standalone in others.
  • I’ll also be releasing a stereo rendition of the work in the form of a single, sixty minute track. It’ll be available for download by the end of the year.
  • After a series of mixing console disasters involving UAD’s new plug-ins, Nick Tipp’s work continues on mixing the Better Looking People record.
  • Better Looking People With Superior Ideas now have a website, at BetterLookingWebsite.com. Actually, I probably shouldn’t say that yet, because it’s in the works, but hey, what the hell.
  • I’m currently focusing most of my compositional attention on writing this clarinet microconcerto for Portmantô. It’s due in January, for a February premiere in Montreal. It is going to be so cold there!
  • Synchromy and the Symbiosis Chamber Orchestra are playing my piece Tiny Machine Designed to Make Altocumulus Clouds on January 27 and 28 in LA. Complete details are over on the concerts page.
  • I’m getting a laptop. Solo shows with guitar and electronics will be happening. Probably not for a while, while I develop a set, but I’m excited nonetheless.
  • NewClassic.LA has been extremely successful lately and I’ve been getting lots of compliments. If you haven’t checked it out yet, and like modern music, and are in Los Angeles, please do.
  • Pianomania was a good flick, catch it if you can. It’s got Pierre-Laurent Aimard playing Elliott Carter’s Catenaires in it, which was the inspiration for my Piano Piece for Mr. Carter’s 100th Birthday. Lots of Bach in there too.
  • In a shallow effort to sell a couple of downloads, I’ve finally created a Facebook page for my music. Click here to check it out.
  • I attempted to score my first commercial the other night. While there’s no artistry in the music whatsoever, it was kind of fun, and absurdly easy. Maybe I’ll do it again sometime. MAYBE.
  • I really need to get back into finger exercises, for both guitar and piano. Technique is suffering with all of this “composing” and “launching clips.”
  • I think that about covers it as far as music is concerned. In other news, I have learned how to make, and have successfully made, cheese. Also, I beat Half Life 2 two nights ago, and am pretty excited about that. I’m pretty sure New Vegas is next in line. Saw the LA Master Chorale do David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion last Sunday, and aside from being awestruck by both the piece and the performance, it gave me a lot of ideas about text setting. Ben Loory, expect a message regarding certain stories in Stories for Nighttime, and Some for the Day sometime soon. You too, Italo Calvino. Oh wait…