Musicians Abroad

Good news! My friends and I were accepted to perform in Linz, Austria at the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference (ITEC) 2012. We are going to compose a new work for two tubas and laptops. Nick Hwang and I will be writing the work and performing on laptops; Andy Larson and Sergio Carolino will be performing on tubas.

While playing in Austria will be awesome, we would also like to hit the road (or more accurately the railways) and show off some of the cool stuff we’ve been doing the last couple of years together. The goal is to play in different venues across northern Europe on a mini tour, culminating with the performance with Sergio in Linz.

If you want to learn more, feel free to visit our wordpress blog or our kickstarter page. We can’t do this on our own, so the more help we can get the better. Please consider donating. Every little bit helps.

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Lines in the Sand

The history of composition is riddled with battles. It is what breathed life into music. If Monteverdi hadn’t written new music, conservatives wouldn’t have had anything to bash. For every Brahms, there is a Wagner. For every Mozart, a Salieri.

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How I spent my September 11, 2011

Where were you? Where were you that fateful day, September 11, 2011?

September 11, 2001 was an incredible tragedy. In no way am I downplaying such despicable acts, nor am I trying to trivialize the enormity of that fateful day. I have tremendous respect for the people who rushed to the aid of others, knowing Continue reading

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WordPress and Musicians

As a musician and composer, I am used to playing second fiddle to video. People rely on their eyes to digest information, mainly due to television and other modern digital media. People use their ears to listen to music, but few people actively listen, preferring music that is simple and transparent. I understand this, and know that it is a product of our times.

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My Schools Predictions

For those of you who don’t know me, or haven’t read my Biography, I have attended three schools en route to my over-education: Marshall University, Bowling Green State University, and Louisiana State University. All three have FBS football programs, but only one of them is expected to be good. Guess which one. Anyway, since earlier I tried my hand at predicting the Big East, I thought it would be fun to put out my projections for each of the schools based off of their schedule. I don’t have time to do the entire conference of each (stupid dissertation), but here are my projections for each school with notes (in Continue reading

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Big East Season Projections

Those of you who know me know that I am a big fan of college football. Every year, I buy a bunch of the preseason books and then make a list of points that I think the national media has gotten completely wrong in their predictions (such as Ole Miss being the #3 team two years ago, or Pittsburgh winning the Big East last year). This year, I wanted to try something different. As a big West Virginia fan, I wanted to try my hand at predicting the Big East in football this year.
I started by doing some research and reflection, and came up with the following list.

Big East Projected Finish 2011 (Preliminary)

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Bureaucracy in Action

Having served in the Army for 8 years, as well as having been in college for 14+ years, I am no stranger to bureaucracy. I could tell you some great stories about the ineptitude of bureaucratic institution, and the difficulties in an individual dealing with “the man.” Instead, why not make it an ongoing blog topic?

So today I went to talk to various people (well entrenched in a bureaucratic hierarchy) about my financial situation at LSU. This is my fifth year at LSU, and I have been paying for school with a teaching assistantship the last four years, but am no longer under contract.  I was originally going to sign up as a full-time Continue reading

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British Mass Transit Strikes Again!

Note: I have been severed from the Internet for three days, but chose to post this as is. I wrote it on the train to London on Saturday, August 6, 2011.

So today began my journey to London. I am finally starting to figure out this whole mass transit thing, and happily made my train with plenty of time to spare (although I overslept a bit, which means I never got to try blood sausage, apparently for which Huddersfield is well known). I got off the exit at Wakefield West to board the connecting train to King’s Cross Station in London. The train arrived, and I realized that my seat was Continue reading

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Impromptu lessons

Today was our last day of ICMC 2011. It was also the day my work Metallurgy was played in the listening room.

I have gotten to know Dan Weymouth this week, a composition professor at CUNY Stony Brook. He is very friendly and loves good food (as do I). Today, he stopped and told me that he had listened to my piece, and had a few comments on it. On our way to getting a beer, he informed me that the piece was very good, and that he liked most of the sounds, as well as the clear formal structure. He took some issue to some repetitive things, and thought a few of the sounds Continue reading

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Joystick Man

This is not even as amazing as the joystick really was!

On Wednesday, Dr. Allison and I went to an Unconference talk (random talks about nonconference stuff people want to discuss) that was primarily based around laptop ensembles (or, as they should probably now be called, mobile ensembles). As the topics were sorting them out, one man in particular (I don’t know his name and should probably not repeat it anyway) had a very exciting idea to propose. This man was excited because he could perform music with joysticks. Not just Continue reading

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