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Philosophy vs. Fact

I just watched Tae Hong Park’s (formerly of Tulane, now of Georgia State) paper presentation at ICMC. He presented on his Matlab program for the analysis of electroacoustic music. It was the same presentation he and his grad students presented at SEAMUS.

He was completely brutalized afterward during the question session by people who disliked the “hard” data that his program revealed. one of the questioners actually yelled to Elainie Lillios (the chair of the session) so that he could get his two cents in. It was quite heated and a bit shocking, considering the laid back Continue reading

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Soul Search

Today another student asked me what I was doing at ICMC. I told him that I had a piece in the listening room. He asked me if I was a composer or researcher. I told him that I was predominantly a composer. He then proceeded to ask me, “What differentiates you and your music from all the other composers here.”

That was a great question. Never in my life have I been asked what separates me from the rest of the pack. I was completely flummoxed. I had no answer. What does make my music better or worthwhile?

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Random thoughts about ICMC

If last night’s concert was any indication of the rest of the week, this will be a great ICMC! All of the pieces were excellent. John Appleton performed a work dedicated to Max Matthews on the radio baton. There were two very good percussion pieces. Every piece involved live electronics, and the performers did a great job. Some of the pieces were a little long, but I think that is a European thing. They probably don’t watch as much t.v. as we do.

There were two paper sessions on spatialization today. It got me thinking a lot about the topic. I think good compositions shouldn’t have to trick the mind into Continue reading

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Huddersfield

First pictures of Huddersfield. I walked from the station to the school. It is a beautiful town.

The plaza in front of the rail station

My first view of Huddersfield from the Train Station

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British Mass Transit

I have had a mildly entertaining journey to Hudderfield, UK (between Manchester and Leeds). For those of you who may not know, I am traveling there for the 2011 ICMC (International Computer Music Conference) because a piece of mine (Metallurgy) was selected for performance.

I have a few comments about mass transit, which ultimately is very good. I wish Continue reading

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Major accomplishment!

pollack

Today I accomplished an important goal that has been hanging over my head for awhile now. Last year I bought a Jackson Pollock puzzle at Barnes & Noble. It was the first puzzle I have ever done that nearly defeated me. I actually gave up on it for most of the spring semester, but with the advent of summer, I thought I’d give it another go. Today, I finished it.

I actually had to approach it in different ways. At first, I organized all of the pieces by shape, so that I could place them more easily, but one of the neighborhood stray cats jumped up onto the table and knocked them all over the floor. Next, I tackled the pieces by color, which worked somewhat. I finally found success by taking each piece and finding it on the box art, then placing it in its corresponding spot on the table. As more pieces got filled in, I was able to begin to work on it normally, by shape and color.

Anyway, I thought the finished puzzle would be a good start to this blog. This is a major hurdle in the way of my dissertation writing (ha ha) that is out of the way. Now I have more time for video games!

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