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April 4, 2011

Studio Tour

I made a short video tour of my home studio. It’s not Jerry Bruckheimer material, but I invite anyone with FX skills to add lasers and  explosions.

March 21, 2011

Anthem + Cello Concerto + Hummingbrrd for Euphonium

I finished two new pieces last week. That makes three in the past month. This can’t be good for me… The first, Anthem, is a brand new work for Jay Gephart and the Purdue University Wind Ensemble, commissioned to celebrate the Purdue Bands’ 125th anniversary. It’s 7’30” of joy, featuring twittering flutes, vibraphone, glockenspiel,… continued

February 9, 2011

Hummingbrrd

Back in May, 2010, my dear friend Hila Plitmann performed her own concert of songs at the Boston Court Theater in LA. In addition to her own amazing originals, she asked a number of people to arrange some popular songs for her. I was honored to arrange Nine Inch Nails’… continued

November 10, 2010

Concerto world premiere mp3

The Concerto for Wind Ensemble world premiere performance is posted (look in the dark green box for the “UT World Premiere” link)! Given the surround/antiphonal nature of the work, this isn’t quite the same as sitting in the middle of it all, but it still sounds great. The University of Texas Wind Ensemble players… continued

October 25, 2010

Concerto for Wind Ensemble – the score

I’m in Austin this week for the University of Texas Austin Wind Ensemble’s world premiere of my Concerto for Wind Ensemble. Had a great 2.5 hour rehearsal this afternoon – Jerry Junkin and the band have worked their butts off on this piece – all 54,210 notes of it. The concert is this coming Wednesday… continued

July 28, 2010

Composing at the Computer: MIDI Mockup Madness

A recent exchange with fellow composer John Mackey on Facebook about saxophone samples (he uses the Vienna Symphonic Library series, and I’m currently using the built-in General MIDI samples, which possess the subtlety of a chainsaw) reminded me that I’ve long wanted to do a post comparing MIDI and live versions of a… continued

July 28, 2010

Ecstatic Waters review

review of Ecstatic Waters: “The score could benefit from judicious editing.” My “wry impishness” compels me to point out to the reviewer that crystal water glasses are not “electronic,” Mvt. III has nothing to do with serialism, and the clarinet solo is not a blues.