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A Demonstration of Coagula, the Industrial Strength Color-Note Organ

So I’m having too much fun with this and I have to share – I just revisited my “noisemakers” folder and found some ooolld software and remembered how completely fun it was  Coagula, the “Industrial Strength Color-Note Organ.”

It’s basically a Windows Paint that when you’re done makes wacky sounds.  It’s buckets of fun and actually generates some interesting things; I’m seriously going to the output as raw materials for some electronic projects also.

Listen to the file below and just scan the image left to right and you’ll have a good sense of how it works.

coagula demonstration

Download Coagula here (PC Only, as far as I know)


Closet Music: Music for the Mind (and Only the Mind!)

Photo: Flickr user vmiramontes

So I have to share this new concept I came across on The Composers Site. “Closet Music” is music intended to be made–and heard–only in the participant’s head.

Sound crazy? It’s actually peaceful and meditative – check out some sample scores from their first collection:

(the Burnell one gave me a real “a-ha!” moment – it’s structured so cleverly, in terms of audiation and also visually)

It’s sort of, oddly, an inverse of Cage’s 4′ 33″ – the “music” in Cage’s piece is created by the sounds around you. With closet music, the “music” is created only inside you.

They have a call for scores – it closed last week, but if you ask nicely and have some good ideas…



Spotify Playlist for Alvin Lucier’s Music109 book/class

Spotify Playlist for Alvin Lucier’s Music109 book/class

I’ve been enjoying this book (basically a print version of the lectures for the Music109 class he teaches/taught at Wesleyan) and since I was sick of cataloging found-sound samples I thought I’d make a big playlist of all the pieces discussed in the book in order.

So enjoy – an important composer’s list of important pieces.

Shout-out from Jeffrey Agrell Himself!

Improv Games for One Player Cover

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How cool to receive a shout-out from the creator of my some of favorite improv exercises!  Jeffrey Agrell, author of Improv Games for One: A Very Voncise Collection of Musical Games for One Classical Musician, linked to recent post of mine on an improv session with David Elkin-Ginetti.


(This book’s suggestion to practice your scales in irregular rhythms has been a staple of my warm-up routine for a couple of months now – I’ve been doing all major and minor scales and arpeggios in 5/4)


I’ve been a reader of Agrell’s blog, Improv Insights, for a while – it’s really motivating to hear from a music educator who is so passionate about the power of improvisation and creativity – check it out!

(I love the internet!)