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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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KISS2013

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For the past few days, I’ve enjoyed meeting other members of the “cult of Kyma” at the 2013 Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS2013) in Brussels, Belgium. The theme of the conference is interfaces (more precisely: “INTER faces”), and KISS2013 used for its symbol Belgium surrealist painter Rene Magritte’s “Les Amants” (“The Lovers”), an image of […]

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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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Beautiful Mishearings – Guest Post

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I’ve just gotten back from a hugely enriching week of supporting several amazing people in creating an opportunity for high-school and junior-high-school students of tsunami-stricken areas of Japan. Check back here later this month for more details about that experience, but, in the meantime, I’d like to share the first of hopefully many guest posts […]

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Studying World Music and Composing New Music

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I’ve been having a wonderful couple of months teaching a summer course in “nonWestern music” (to quote one of my professors: “Who teaches the course on nonEastern music?” but that’s a discussion best saved for another time), while simultaneously trying to make some progress on my opera. More about the opera sometime soon, but, for […]