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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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Playing with Piezos (a cheap shamisen pickup?)

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I’ve been making a few contact microphones using cheap ingredients for lo-fi live performance piece I’m working on. I’m no expert in electrical circuits, so I’m just following the directions Nicolas Collins lays out in his book Handmade Electronic Music. I’ve used these instructions to make little piezo triggers before for Arduino projects and the […]

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NIME 2013

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I’m currently enjoying a fascinating week in Daejeon, South Korea, at the international New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) Conference at KAIST (the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). I’m here, in part, to present my piece Shin no Shin for iPad, but after just a couple of days of attending workshops, performances, and […]

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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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Together in Tohoku Report

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This last August, I had the chance to help out with a SYLFF project called “Together in Tohoku,” which brought graduate student musicians from three different institutions, (Julliard, the Paris Conservatory, and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna) to work with children in Japan affected by last year’s earthquake and tsunami. Rather […]

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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 […]

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My Summer of Shamisen

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It seems that my lofty goals of having a composing summer have (once again) gone unmet. Instead, this summer, I got back to focusing on shamisen, studying with my teacher to learn (among other things) a new piece, Senboku Nikata Bushi. Now, at the end of the summer, I think I’ve finally got a grip […]