Arranging In A Landscape

My favorite John Cage piece is In A Landscape, his piano solo from 1948. Just listen to this: There are plenty of arguments for why it’s an important piece (stunningly static for its time, pre-figures Cage’s obsession with listening, etc. ad infinitum), but they all dissolve into the sustain pedal as soon as you start…

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Rhythm in Light Delays

I’m right about finished with the first draft of Light Delays. I haven’t used a totally rigid rhythmic process to write a piece in a while, so figured it would be worth noting what I did for when I inevitably go revise a couple things. And since I have a fancy new website…hey, blog post…

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Kazuo Ishiguro on genre boundaries

Kazuo Ishiguro

I saw a tweet from Timo Andres the other day that had a quote from the author Kazuo Ishiguro in it that I absolutely loved, and did a nice job succinctly encapsulating my ideas about genre. So I thought I’d retype it out here.

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The Newports’ debut EP is out today

The Newports: That's Fine

A little over a year ago I was really missing playing rock shows so decided to buy a bass and join the first punk band I found on Craigslist that sounded good (and let me join). That band is The Newports, and oh man, it has been a blast. My initial plan was to essentially…

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This is my new website. Here’s some old press and writing.

Hola! My friend Traci Larson, who happens to be a fantastic designer, has been helping me build the new site that you are on now. The old site was cool, but the amount of stuff I was adding to it was making it kind of unruly. And as you can see the previous post was…

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My favorite records of 2016

I never like it when year end lists come out before the year is over. In addition to the arbitrariness of dividing music into annual dates, who knows when something cool might drop at the end of December? Isn’t that like releasing a year end movie list before Oscar release season is up? Rant over. Here…

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Idiots are taking over

There’s an election tomorrow, and a NOFX song I loved in high school (George W era) has been stuck in my head all day. It’s admittedly reductive, but it does vent many of the frustrations I feel right now – and have felt for a while – in a surprisingly accurate way. It’s not the…

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Beat repeat

I think I finally got the electronics sorted for Mirror Smasher. I knew from the beginning that the pianists would need a click track, and that I’d rather pre-record the electronic part than do any live processing. In the spirit of the piece (breaking up material into small fragments), the first set of electronics is…

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Note on rhythm notation

Mirror Smasher, in its nine minute form for November 5, is pretty well done. By which I mean the piano parts are pretty well done – there’s still a ton to do with electronics and engraving. Regarding engraving, I ran into something that I thought might help other composers to know. Here’s an email I…

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