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Plurality Spring now available!

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In order not to bury the lead, let me start by saying, Plurality Spring, a new game piece by me and Paul Turowski, is available for free download: In the game, players use acoustic musical performance (via the computer’s microphone) to control robots exploring an orb in deep space. This idea of a “game piece,” […]

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Interesting Decisions @ KISS2016

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This week, I’m settling in from my trip to Leicester, UK, where I attended the Kyma International Sound Symposium to premiere my new work, Interesting Decisions. The piece is a digital game that creates music through player interaction with a procedurally generated world. In the guise of a retro, neon-packed walking-simulator, Interesting Decisions engages with […]

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New Media Art at the ICC

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On the way home from spending a month in Northern Japan, I had a chance to visit Tokyo’s NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC), a new media art gallery that focuses on the intersection of science and art. They’re currently showing their The Mirror, a collaborative work by Fuji Naotaka, GRINDER-MAN, and evala. The piece aims to […]

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Hiraizumi: Cyberpunk for Wind Ensemble

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Hoping to “veg out” a bit upon returning from holiday travel, I put on one of the new Ghost in the Shell animated films. It’s always funny how ideas connect, but, earlier in the day, I had been chatting with my friend and colleague, composer Aaron Rosenberg, about my current composition project, Hiraizumi, and, in […]

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Play My New Piece

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Exploring new ideas of audience engagement and “gamification,” my latest composition is an interactive game available for free online. Games and music are both art forms that unfold over time, and the craft of these works lies in shaping and pacing how the piece unfolds. Composers and game designers both create the environments, but it […]

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Custom “Pro Sound” Game Boys

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Since the winter break, I’ve been tinkering around with some chiptune projects, and I’ve got quite caught up in the simultaneous progressive and regressive sound design of composing with chips of the 1980s and 90s. Perhaps its a stretch, but I believe this kind of cultural re-appropriation as directly akin to drawing influences from outside […]

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Schoenberg Quote of the Day

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There was a student who thought that he was writing something ‘modern’ when, in the fourth measure, he modulated from G major to Db major, then two or three measures later to B major. But within Db Major and B major he behaved just as tamely as in G major, where he used scarcely more […]

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“Bela Bartok Being a Father”

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I love this photo of Bartok I found on Composers Doing Normal S**t (warning: page title uncensored if you follow the link). It’s especially enjoyable thinking that this photo was likely taken around the time he wrote this: An inspiration to work on my string writing, parenting, and moustache.