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Nanbu Lullaby

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I’m thrilled to announce that the NY Licorice Ensemble has selected my new work, Nanbu Lullaby for clarinet choir to appear on their upcoming CD Project “Warabe-Uta Remix!” More details

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Commission Consortium – Hiraizumi

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Attention band and wind-ensemble directors! There is a consortium to commission me for a new large chamber work for wind ensemble, based on the temples of Hiraizumi, near where I used to live in Northern Japan. More details are available here. Please spread the word.

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Electronic Music and the Uncanny

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Louis Dufort’s Zenith: Creepy? Awesome? Both? In introducing electronic music to students, there usually comes a time in the semester where one of my students asks, “Why is all this music creepy?” I’m not sure I agree with my them about the music being creepy, but, as a specialist (of sorts), though, I’m maybe too […]

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Rigidity, Formality, and The Book of Tea

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Dusting off my old copy of Okakura Kakuzo’s Book of Tea, which I haven’t read for more than a decade (before my time in Japan), I found this quote in Liza Dalby’s introduction, talking about her training in Japanese tea ceremony: American culture has traditionally stressed the Romantic notion that form and structure are things […]

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“We Don’t Care About Music Anyway”

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Taking my first afternoon off in a while, I sat down to see what had been lurking unwatched on my Netflix queue, and I came across a documentary that I added a while ago, We Don’t Care About Music Anyway, a 2009 film about avant-garde musicians and sound artists in Tokyo: For a better idea […]

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Some Tracks from “Lawn in the Sky”

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I’m just now getting back to updating my homepage after a busy few months editing, recording, and defending my dissertation. But, with that all successfully behind me, I’d like to share some of the recordings from our reading of Act I of “A Lawn in the Sky.” I had a wonderful group of volunteer performers […]

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Shin no Shin, for iPad and electronics

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Here’s another contemplative work that I premiered at the Future Music Oregon Concert on November 17th, using iPad and the Kyma system. It contrasted nicely with the Post Haste Duo’s performance of my chop-buster bioMechanics that was also on the concert (video of that performance coming soon). Simon Hutchinson – Shin no Shin from Simon […]

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Requiem, for Shamisen and Live Electronics

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For some time now, I’ve been revising my 2010 composition, “Requiem,” and I finally had a chance last month to get into the studio to make a video recording of the new version. Enjoy it on a system with bassy speakers: Simon Hutchinson – Requiem from Simon Hutchinson on Vimeo. This piece, for shamisen and […]