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April 25, 2024

Dusk turns 20 years old!

The original version of Dusk, commissioned by the Langley High School Wind Symphony, Andrew Gekoskie, conductor, was premiered by that group at the MENC National Convention in Minneapolis, MN, in April, 2004. It was a commission I almost didn’t take: this was my sixth work for full band in 14 months, while I… continued

March 29, 2020

Experiments, Drafts, Side-projects, etc.

I often make things on the side while composing – usually “electronica-ish tracks” – just for fun. It’s a great way to keep the creativity going with absolutely no pressure. I’ve decided to share an assortment of these various experiments, side-projects, and (mostly) electronic creations. When I speak to composers, especially at universities, I usually… continued

September 21, 2017

Commission Consortium Opportunity and Miniature Suite

Commission Consortium Opportunity ($250) I will be writing a new 10-20 minute work for winds+electronics+potential other elements (lighting, etc.) to premiere at the CBDNA National Conference in February 2019, performed by the Arizona State University Wind Orchestra. This is an extremely affordable buy-in ($250), and will be less than the cost to rent the work once it’s released to… continued

July 6, 2015

My website turns 20

Since 1995, I’ve been designing, coding, and maintaining my website myself, and it had grown into a byzantine mess of barely-working PHP and CSS held together with duct-tape and hope. Things like SoundCloud, YouTube videos, online shop, etc have all been bolted on Frankenstein-style over the years. Also, it was unusable on phones (the last redesign was… continued

May 1, 2014

Concerto for Alto Saxophone

I wrote a concerto for Alto Sax and Wind Ensemble. (open http://www.concertoforaltosaxophone.com now if you want to listen while you read) It was inevitable – this was my instrument all through high school and undergrad., though now I only play very occasionally, usually in Austria with a community band there, and then only… continued

October 13, 2012

The Machine Awakes (live humans, this time!)

Last week, Kevin Geraldi and the UNCG Symphonic Band were kind enough to devote some time on a rehearsal to reading and recording The Machine Awakes for me, so now you have something other than the MIDI realization to listen to! Composers: I’m leaving the original MIDI version posted in hopes this will make for… continued

September 19, 2012

Solace for Wind Ensemble and Electronics

My newest work for large ensemble and electronics, Solace, is now in rehearsals at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Yesterday was the first rehearsal with electronics, and the first time I’ve gotten to hear the piece – always an overwhelming experience. The band sounded great, especially since it’s still early in the process,… continued

January 27, 2012

Spring, 2012 – Three World Premieres

THREE WORLD PREMIERES in Spring 2012: I’m fortunate to have yet another very busy season to kick off 2012, including the world premieres of three new works: FEBRUARY 19th (Ball State Univ.), MARCH 1st (ABA Convention), MARCH 16th (Orchestra Hall, Chicago): Paean: Chant and Triumph, a new work for the Ball State University… continued

April 5, 2011

Self-publishing – nuts and bolts

My fellow composers and I have written a number of times about self-publishing vs. traditional publishing, covering everything from copyright to licensing to notation. However, I don’t recall that we have actually demonstrated, in simple steps, the physical process of making of the paper product, so I shot a video here in my home studio/office… continued

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