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
Category Archives: ICMC 2011
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
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
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
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
First pictures of Huddersfield. I walked from the station to the school. It is a beautiful town.
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