Improv Session – Brockman’s Pitch-Matching and Agrell’s Interval Games

I’m able to participate in somewhat sporadic ‘free improv jam sessions’ (including but not limited to my participation in the New Haven Improvisers Collective), and I had the presence of mind to document the most recent one, on a chillaxed Saturday morning with a very talented neighbor of mine. A mini-blog series seemed like aContinue reading “Improv Session – Brockman’s Pitch-Matching and Agrell’s Interval Games”

New Album Out – Only Numbers Remain!

Pleased as punch to announce my new EP, Only Numbers Remain, is now available! This EP combines my interests in free improv and drum and bass music with a super-nerdy classical interest in Schoenberg’s 12-tone serialism. This is project gestated for a long time – I was inspired by reading free jazz guitarist Derek Bailey’sContinue reading “New Album Out – Only Numbers Remain!”

Launching My New Blog, Composing My Way through History, with Mycenaean Music

Just a note that I’m launching my new blog, Composing My Way through History, with a description of Mycenaean Music (the civilization which juuuuuuuuuust pre-dated ancient Greece).   It’s fun – I’m looking forward to this project a bit (once I manage to scale back my other projects!) Next I need to be the first assignment,Continue reading “Launching My New Blog, Composing My Way through History, with Mycenaean Music”

New Tape Piece from MIT OpenCourseware Class:

This summer I’ve been working through the MIT OpenCoursewar class on Making Music with Computers, mostly in preparation for an electroacoustic baritone horn piece, but also just for fun.  I just finished this piece, in which I recorded 2 minutes of traffic and wind sounds from my backyard, drew a graphic score with squiggles and blobsContinue reading “New Tape Piece from MIT OpenCourseware Class:”

Playing with Beth Patella today, Sunday August 5th at The Outer Space in Hamden

And now for something a bit lighter than what has been going on the past few days  – I’ll be playing tunes from the great American songbook with Beth Patella at the Outer Space in Hamden — tonight! Sunday, August 5th, 6:00-7:00p.m. The Outer Space 295 Treadwell Street Hamden, CT 06514 We’ll be sharing theContinue reading “Playing with Beth Patella today, Sunday August 5th at The Outer Space in Hamden”

Selling Us Back to Ourselves, pt. 2

In my previous blog entry, “Selling Us Back to Ourselves”, I described how the act of making of music once belonged to all of us — and was subsequently taken from us and transformed into an “expert’s” activity, the product of which was sold back to us. We ended with the question: “When did weContinue reading “Selling Us Back to Ourselves, pt. 2”

Getting to Remix Tracks You Really, Really Like – Pt. 1, The LeBoeuf Bros.

Remixing tracks has turned out to be a great step for my career, such as it is (certainly better for my career than my usual chin-stroking tomfoolery). Right now I’m really digging being in the middle of working on two tracks from two very cool artists. Today: The LeBoeuf Brothers. The LeBoeuf Brothers are jazz-playingContinue reading “Getting to Remix Tracks You Really, Really Like – Pt. 1, The LeBoeuf Bros.”

Group Writing (or just plain old Creating) Advice from J. Robert Lennon

I loved this post on Creating and Editing from J. Robert Lennon, who is probably one of my most impressive internet friends and YOU GUYS HE IS AN AWESOME WRITER AND GUYS ONE TIME I GOT BURRITOS WITH HIM (and he eats a burrito just like you would expect a writer to. Like…metaphorically.) Anyway, it’sContinue reading “Group Writing (or just plain old Creating) Advice from J. Robert Lennon”