Musings

Darcy James Argue's open letter to John Adams

I just came across this and thought it deserved to be reposted. This is in response to John Adams being kind of mean to composers like me lately. The formatting for an embedded post looks a little screwy on my website, so – this is from Facebook. Visit Darcy James Argue online and listen to…

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Favorite Songs, Round 1 of Infinity

I was at dinner with a friend tonight and our conversation found its way to the topic of our favorite songs. We started with a top three, but that was too hard, so got up to top five, then started remembering others that should be on the list, and then just talked about a whole…

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I've been neglecting the internet…

You may have noticed (or not, but I’ll feel totally complimented if you did!) that this site hasn’t been updated for a while. There are a couple of reasons: 1. I was in Israel. 2. I was in New York. 3. I was moving into my new place in Santa Barbara. 4. I was preparing…

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Some Thoughts on the Pussy Riot Situation

I am totally on the side of the women in that band and what they stand for in the name of the oppressed, censored, and otherwise unfairly treated citizens of Russia. While the punishment seems harsh, my close friend Hunter Knight asks us all to pause and think about what would happen if you even…

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My mom's thoughts about Pitchfork

Susan Norton, after reading the Pitchfork review of my friend Liam’s band’s new record: Seems to me that a lot of writing about music is quite pretentious. They like a five-syllable word where two would do.

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The Saga of the 2012 LA Composers Project

Holy hell, what a week last week was. I was really excited to play guitar with What’s Next? Ensemble for the US premiere of AutoSonata Beta at their fourth annual LA Composers Project at Royal/T. I was honored to have had the piece selected in the first place, and then ecstatic when they asked me…

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Listen to Daníel Bjarnason

When I was working for the American Youth Symphony, they commissioned a piece from an Icelandic composer named Daníel Bjarnason. I watched this video online of one of his pieces, and, to be honest, was pretty blown away. I picked up his CD, Processions, but never really gave it a good listen until last week.…

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Pedalboard update

Here’s what it looks like after the aforementioned swap with Matt: In the process I decided to switch the order of the Freeze and the Empress Tremolo, so that I can have the trem going on what I’m playing without chopping up any infinite-sustain type things that may be happening. That’s all for today.

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