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Category Archives: Conceptual/Developmental

Digital Music Stand – Raspberry Pi + Touchscreen

I started working on this when I realized how much loose paper I have around the house thanks to IMSLP. Unlimited access to any and all out-of-copyright scores has a way of doing that, I guess. So I started thinking about it and came to the conclusion that there’s no reason I couldn’t just throw […]

And Then There Were None – Concept for the Piano Suite

As a part of my work with Theatre Britain, I am regularly called upon to provide original music for use in plays. Since this is a company that exclusively produces British theatrical works, Agatha Christie is to be expected in the rotation. The first one I did (last year) was The Mousetrap, which was a […]

Decompressing after a crazy year

I’ve finally started catching my breath after a super crazy year! Around March, 2013 I started my collaboration with a local author on a new musical. [I’m working on one or more new posts that detail the insane experience of writing my first musical from start to finish, but in the meantime I wanted to […]

Puredata piece/toy – Solar Windstorm

I had some fun with Pd while I was on vacation over the summer. I decided to challenge myself to see if I could make an interesting piece using just a single oscillator and a delay line. The result was this fun little piece: You play it using the arrow keys on the keyboard. I […]

Giving PureData a fresh coat of paint

PureData – which is a program you should be familiar with if you’ve read a few of my blog posts – comes in two varieties. There is a “vanilla” version which is the one directly from the desk of Miller Puckette. Then there is Pd-extended, which contains a continuously updated collection of all of the […]

Looping Video Game Tracks

I’m working on a track now for a potential client, and it’s occurred to me that making a looping video game track is like working on a piece of wood in a lathe. You’ve got to let it spin around on repeat for a while and trim down the parts that don’t balance well with […]

The Eternal Question of Compositional Process

It comes up often, particularly for young composers – should most of my work be done in Sibelius/Finale or by hand? Time is precious. Composers regularly question their own methods and techniques to be sure that the process is as efficient as possible. This question came up in a discussion I was a part of […]

04.17.2010 – A Life Alive

You would think that having narrowly escaped the past few months with my life (and my jobs) following my recent and massive projects that I would want to spend some time away from composition. You know, “let’s give it two to three months” or something. Instead, I have volunteered – that’s right: there are no […]

03.31.2010 – Film and Liturgy

I have again become remiss in keeping this site fresh with my latest thoughts. It’s just that when I usually have important projects with impending deadlines – the time I would most like to post about the details of my craft – it is most difficult. So now I will try to summarize my two […]

01.27.2010 – iPad

Say what you will about Apple’s new touch-pad computer, the iPad, but consider for a moment the amazing possibilities for interactive musical applications. Anything from practical control surfaces such as mixer-boards or piano-style input to conceptual instruments and interfaces that utilize the accelerometers and multitouch technology in astounding ways. My head is just full of […]