June 29, 2008

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Breezy -- Some synthetic wind chimes for this lazy Sunday.

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June 28, 2008

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Interference -- noisy ambient, if there is such a thing.

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June 25, 2008

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Won't You Come Out To Play -- My uncle is visiting (again!). While enjoying our post-pizza cannoli, our conversation turned to the Beatles and my podcast. So, with a little help from my uncle, we took the last four notes of Dear Prudence, slowed them down, layered them on top of themselves, added a looping drone from Within You Without You, and finished it with children coming out to play, courtesy of dobroide at the Freesound Project.

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June 23, 2008

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Persistence -- only seven days left. It's almost over.

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June 18, 2008

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Lullaby -- so tired.

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June 15, 2008

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Sigh -- only 15 days left...

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June 13, 2008

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Etude -- So many of these pieces have been etudes, I tried to avoid using that as a title, but now that the end is near it doesn't seem to matter.

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June 12, 2008

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Hard Shell -- Hard on the outside, soft in the middle.

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June 8, 2008

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Clouds -- This is a little generative sequencer I've built in MaxMSP. It chooses which notes to play when (with a little user guidance at the beginning...). The synth sound is still on the simple side, but that's the next project. For now, enjoy this chill little minute.

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June 7, 2008

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Robot Dream -- is there such a thing?

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June 6, 2008

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Simple Sin(e) 9 -- Lately I find these kinds of sounds very reassuring, though I couldn't say why.

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June 5, 2008

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Simple Sin(e) 8 -- Simple Sin(e) is back! With the end of the podcast in sight I'm gearing up for my next project, which will feature the synth tools I've been building to make this series of pieces... stay tuned.

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June 4, 2008

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Bubblespace -- For today's piece I experimented with an unusual sequencer tool called Refmatrix. After generating some random patterns I cut and pasted the bits I like into this spacey little piece.

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June 3, 2008

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City -- you can hear traffic all night long...

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May 31, 2008

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Deep -- Close your eyes and hum along.

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May 29, 2008

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Drone 2 -- see Drone.

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May 28, 2008

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Slow -- time passes slowly while waiting...

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May 26, 2008

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Memorial -- Today is the day that we honor those who have bravely fought for our country.

The trumpets you hear are from a piece I wrote a few years go after Alan Moore's graphic novel Watchmen. The various explosions are from Freesound user ERH.

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May 22, 2008

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Drone -- I've been reading and thinking about minimalism and droning music the past couple of days and wanted to try it out. Enjoy.

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May 21, 2008

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Slip -- no words today.

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May 20, 2008

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Longing -- sometimes they write themselves.

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May 15, 2008

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Pause -- How few notes does one need to make music?

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May 13, 2008

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Nocturnal -- another late night improvisation.

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May 12, 2008

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Hopeful -- late night piano improvisation.

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May 9, 2008

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Judson Church is my final danceaday.com collaboration with Boris Willis. Dance-A-Day will complete its year on Sunday. We've made 43 videos together over the last year. Wow.

In addition to scoring this final video, I also got to be the cameraman for the dancing. We were attending a show at Judson Church, an important venue in the dance world. Afterwards, Boris made this video (with some guest performers) so that he too could dance in Judson Church.

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May 3, 2008

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Impromptu -- It's exactly what it would seems to be.

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April 27, 2008

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Tokyo Redux is a remix of an earlier work of mine, Where Is Tokyo?, which in turn is a remix of an even earlier work, Elegy for Sophie.

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April 24, 2008

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Sooth -- Four pitches, each appearing in only two octaves, were all I needed for this simple minute.

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April 22, 2008

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WTC -- Tonight, flying home from Ohio, my plane followed a path north along the Hudson River, giving me an amazing view of Manhattan. One of the first things I noticed and identified is the place where the World Trade Center once stood.

It was very disconcerting that my first time seeing the site was from a passenger jet passing overhead.

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April 19, 2008

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Waiting -- Yesterday I waited in line at the DMV for over two hours to get my New York State Driver's License. As everyone with a license knows, this process can bring about a dulling sensation of despair. Today's piece explores that sensation.

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April 17, 2008

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Fragments -- The setup of my workspace in this new apartment allows me to use my keyboard. Where I lived before there was no room for it unless it was sitting on the radiator, which is generally not a good practice with plastic encased electronics. Now that I have it out again I like to noodle around on it, playing the few bits of songs that I can.

While preparing for this minute, my fingers fell into a song I'd written in high school and then revised in college. The problem is that I can only remember the first part of the first phrase (not much at all). So I recorded myself playing around with it and ended up with this new version for today's minute.

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April 15, 2008

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Tax Day -- This music has nothing in particular to do with the filing of taxes, but I had to call it something... ;-)

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April 13, 2008

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Blocked -- Writer's block (or in this case, composer's block) is a fact of life. Often when I'm having a hard time creating something I'll just play around randomly at my keyboard, hoping to find something interesting or useful. Today's piece is one minute from about thirty or so of me poking around at the keyboard. Don't think of it as a piece about writer's block, think of it as writer's block made audible...

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April 8, 2008

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Internet Woes -- I did not post anything yesterday because I was having trouble getting my brand new internet set-up to work properly. It works now, so here's this little anthem to my troubles....


I will not put posting off until the last minute.
I will not put posting off until the last minute.
I will not put posting off until the last minute.
I will not put posting off until the last minute.
I will not put posting off until the last minute.
I will not put posting off until the last minute.
I will not put posting off until the last minute.
I will not put posting off until the last minute.
I will not put posting off until the last minute.
I will not put posting off until the last minute.

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April 4, 2008

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MLK is this week's danceaday.com collaboration with Boris Willis. Today is the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. Boris marked this occasion with a dance at the future site of a memorial to King. I created this soundscape using a sample of King's voice, "Like anybody, I would like to live."

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March 28, 2008

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Cherry Blossoms is today's danceaday.com collaboration with Boris Willis. A little celebration of Spring here in chilly Ohio.

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March 21, 2008

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Nerves Relax -- the final installment in this little series...

I did not get my act together enough this week to get this to Boris in time for a danceaday collaboration. You should still cruise over to his site and see what he's been making though.

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March 17, 2008

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Danny -- Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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March 16, 2008

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Spring Fever -- another fever-themed piece, this time with birds.

sample attribution: evening in the forest.wav by reinsamba

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March 15, 2008

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Feverish -- Yesterday (when this piece was supposed to be posted) I came down with a fever very suddenly, making it difficult to concentrate on composing anything. So I just held off until today and made this little anthem to feverish disorientation.

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March 13, 2008

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Simple Sin(e) 6 continues my little series of FM pieces. Today I wanted to go for very subtle changes, making the piece more reflective than buoyant.

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March 10, 2008

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Watery -- Well, it finally happened... I missed a day. Damn. Traveling yesterday after a long weekend made it slip my mind until i was drifting off to sleep last night. Oh well, today I must compose two minutes to catch back up.

The first re-uses a water sample that I first explored a couple of weeks ago. Today though, I have subjected it to the kind of manipulations I usually reserve for beat-based samples.

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March 9, 2008

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Seen Memory -- Thursday night I had an awesome performance with Esther Palmer (Seen Performance) and Amiti Perry. I mixed some loops and found sounds into a meditative soundscape. It was a lot of fun. Today, I celebrate that performance with this minute of remembering.

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March 2, 2008

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One Inch:8 -- this time it's from the song Vessel.

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February 29, 2008 (Leap Day)

There is no new 60-second piece for today. If there was this project would need to be called 60x366, which it's not.

Instead I am posting two other pieces today, each of which is built from earlier one-minute postings. The archives of 60x365 have become a kind of menu that I can use for collaborations and commissions. These pieces were each created for specific performances, using the 60x365 archives as a source for material.

First is a piece called Twine [listen]. I made it for dancer/choreographer Kristin Hapke using five earlier pieces: Simple Sin(e) 1, Simple Sin(e) 2, Stasis, Glass Canon, and Here, I'll Play It Again.

The second piece is called Creamy Pink Thrill [listen]. It started as Boop Boop Beep and evolved into a Gameboy performance piece.

Enjoy.

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February 26, 2008

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Greetings from Minneapolis. I am traveling this week to visit/participate in the 2008 Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts. Tomorrow morning, nine selections from this very podcast will be featured on a concert of appropriated music. I will report back on it when I post tomorrow.

Anyway, today's piece is called Waterworld, and no, it has nothing to do with that Kevin Costner movie...

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February 25, 2008

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One Inch:7 -- it continues with The Warning.

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February 22, 2008

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Blue is this week's danceaday.com collaboration with Boris Willis, continuing his series of dances for Black History Month. For today I decided to pay homage to the blues, that African-American form that is a cornerstone of our culture. This piece is a re-examination of a piano composition I composed several years ago, itself a re-examination of the blues. Enjoy.

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February 20, 2008

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Shimmer -- I used the same sound source to make this piece as well. Fascinating, no?

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February 19, 2008

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Remembering -- A while ago, I posted this sketch of an uncompleted piece. I thought for today we'd check in and see what I've done with it since then. Enjoy.

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February 17, 2008

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Echo - I feel like this sometimes. Do you?

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February 16, 2008

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Silver moonlight streams
onto taut piano wire.
darkened notes ring out

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February 13, 2008

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One Inch:5 - another in my series of Nine Inch Nails remixes. Can you guess how many I plan to make?

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February 9, 2008

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Rub -- 60x365 is bringin' back mono.

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February 8, 2008

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Fight is this week's danceaday.com collaboration, continuing Boris's series of dances for Black History Month. Today's piece samples from bassist/composer Charles Mingus's Haitian Fight Song. If you are unfamiliar with his work, I'd recommend that you start with these albums:

Blues and Roots
Mingus Ah Um

His autobiography, Beneath the Underdog is also well worth a look.

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February 1, 2008

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SQ is this week's danceaday.com collaboration with Boris Willis. To honor Black History Month Boris is doing a series of dances at black history sites around Washington DC. Today's takes place at the Mount Vernon slave quarters. I've scored this dance with samples from a recording of Berta, Berta by Branford Marsalis.

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January 31, 2008

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Cut
sound of scissors, looped.
notes hang in arpeggios.
torn fabric textures.

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January 17, 2008

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Nostalgia - I don't usually like to post works-in-progress here, but time's gotten away from me so I'll put this piece up now and polish it more later. Stay tuned.

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January 10, 2008

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Tail -- here's some feedback for a Thursday evening.

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January 8, 2008

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Simple Sin(e) 5 -- After a break from it, I've decided to revisit my Simple Sin(e) series. Each of these pieces was made using a custom software patch and is built entirely from the sound of sine waves.

Check out the rest of the series:
1 2 3 4 Inexplicable Pain Nostalgic Relief

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January 7, 2008

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Amen Buzz -- I wanted to transform the amen break into an ambient soundscape. If you listen carefully, you will hear that it is much more than random noise...

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January 4, 2008

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Old Tape is this week's danceaday.com collaboration with Boris Willis, the first of 2008. I tried to make this sound like an old piece of audio tape that had been recorded on many times. It fits the mood and style of the video.

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January 2, 2008

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Bells -- I was feeling very zen-like today.

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January 1, 2008

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Resolutions

Happy New Year!

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December 30, 2007

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Grow -- With today's piece I enter the second half of this podcast project. I decided that this is the perfect opportunity for me to compose a piece using notes and pitches rather than simply using sounds and samples. It may seem like a subtle and meaningless different for the listener. For the composer though, there are some important differences, the foremost being that I first created a notated score from which I performed the music for this recording. Enjoy.

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December 28, 2007

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Smile Song -- For Christmas, I got to visit my four-month old niece, Eiley. I recorded her cooing and giggling and set that to music for today's piece. Check her out, sporting her 5of4 logo shirt. You can get your own shirt at Cafe Press.

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December 27, 2007

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Flying Home -- We flew home from California today. Thiry minutes in line to get through security. An hour and a half waiting at the gate with loud, crying children. Five stupid hours on an airplane. Creativity is at a low ebb tonight, so more airplane sounds.

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December 22, 2007

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Flying -- We take a break from my podcast "tribute" to holiday music to bask in the sound of airplane engines. Many people fly during the holidays, adding to the season's stress.

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December 20, 2007

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Bellsong provides some ultra-minimalist, ambient sleigh bells for your holiday mood. Enjoy.

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December 16, 2007

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Carol -- Wow, this is the latest I've posted a piece yet...one hour to spare. (We spent a good portion of the day in the car, travelling on some very icy roads.)

Anyway, today I continue my 12-part holiday series with the ambient choral offering. Enjoy.

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December 9, 2007

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Birds is the title for today's piece. I made it using a sampled bird call and modulated sine waves.

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December 7, 2007

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Dance no.1 is this week's danceaday.com collaboration with Boris Willis. It's our 24th podcast. In preparation for next week's 25th collaboration, I revisited the music from our very first podcast. In case you've forgotten, you can find it here.

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December 5, 2007

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Sketch -- I came home from work today, excited to have some time to compose, finally. I jumped right in and worked on some sounds for a collaboration with Esther Palmer (those of you keeping score will recall that she suggested this piece for Listener Appreciation Month.)

The entire time I was working I had this nagging feeling that I was forgetting something. There must have been something else I was supposed to be doing. Eventually it occurred to me that I hadn't made today's minute yet.

So...

I made a one minute version of a sketch I was working on for Esther. Think of it as a preview for a preview...

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December 2, 2007

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Minimal -- in the craziness and confusion of my life right now I looked for simplicity. What could be simpler than a single sound run through a simple delay?

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November 30, 2007

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Leaves -- 60x365 concludes Listener Appreciation Month with another danceaday.com collaboration with Boris Willis. He sent me a video of himself rolling around in some leaves. I took the sound of the leaves, tweaked them a bit, and added some gentle guitar noodling. Enjoy.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an idea for November. I will continue to accept ideas throughout the rest of this project, so if you have one, don't hesitate to share it.

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November 28, 2007

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Variations is a suggestion from composer Jay C Batzner of the Unsafe Bull Podcast. I have created 5-second variations on twelve previous posts. There are four different variation "formulas" present, each applied to three different pieces. The results are arranged chronologically according to each pieces orignal posting. If you want to listen to the originals again, they are:
  1. Brass

  2. Peanut Break

  3. Mellow

  4. Gl!tch (tar)

  5. Invasion

  6. Eulogy

  7. Elegy for Ollie

  8. String Cheese

  9. Guitar Dream

  10. Joyful Noise 3

  11. Scrub

  12. Scanner

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November 25, 2007

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*N C is today's listener suggested piece, courtesy of my father, Paul. He said:
It's not for a composition, but for a performance. Terry Riley's In C is someone keeping time by playing the two highest C's on a piano, and any number of other musicians moving thru the score coming in, leaving, repeating their current snippet, etc.

My idea is sample something other than a piano playing a couple of very high C's (or two things or a bunch of things), and loop it into a 60-second background track. Then, you perform your interpretation of the score using whatever instrument you can play or simulate.

You probably can't get through all 53 of the snippets once in 60 seconds. So you might have to take liberties in skipping a few in order to repeat others.

While thinking about this idea, I had one of those strange brain moments I occasionally have. I realized the similarity in sound of the words "In C" and the name of the erstwhile boy-band *N Sync. So I sampled their voices and transformed them into a one-minute rendition of the Terry Riley piece. (To do this, I only worked my way through the first five segments of the piece. One for each member of the band...)

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November 21, 2007

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Nostalgic Relief is part two of Esther Palmer's suggestion:

how about a minute dedicated to acute and inexplicable pain?

and then a minute for relief and nostalgic bliss.

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November 20, 2007

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Inexplicable Pain is today's listener suggestion from dancer/choreographer Esther Palmer. I had the opportunity to work with her on amazing MFA project, Where Is Tokyo?. This spring I have the good fortune of working with her again on her new piece, on the other side of the glass plate, she wore nothing.

She suggested two pieces:
how about a minute dedicated to acute and inexplicable pain?

and then a minute for....
Tune in tomorrow to find out.

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November 10, 2007

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Today's listener suggestion, Remembering Louie, comes from my mother. Louie was a cat, owned by my uncle. Louie lived to be very old. The older he got, the fatter and crankier he became. But, like any good cat, these became his best traits and one couldn't help but like Louie.

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November 3, 2007

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Stomach Song -- Today's listener suggestion comes from Lillian Gray. She too is involved in a daily art project. Every day she writes a new haiku and posts it on her myspace page. Lillian has submitted several great ideas so you will be hearing from her again.

All stomach sounds come from The Freesound Project:
stomachrumbling1.aif by nannygrimshaw
gut_grumbles.mp3 by bigfatseal
tummy grumble-Normalized.aiff by martian

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November 2, 2007

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Shadowrock is this week's danceaday.com collaboration with Boris Willis. For the sound I used parts of the intro to Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline. These ideas were originally developed for yesterday's piece, but ultimately didn't work there. I've also added some rock sounds I found at The Freesound Project. They are SPLASH by petenice and selections from the sample-pack Falling Rocks by Melak.

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October 26, 2007

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Splinter is this week's danceaday.com collaboration with Boris Willis.

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October 20, 2007

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Spooky is made using sounds I sampled from a CD titled Scary Sounds of Halloween. I picked it up at a certain French department store for only $1. The CD was made by this guy.

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October 19, 2007

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Ginger Dances is this week's danceaday.com collaboration with Boris Willis. It's one of my favorite videos so far. After you've watched the dance, check out Boris's interview on Voice of America.

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October 13, 2007

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Pulsing was made using a new piece of software I've been playing around with. It's called Nodal and it's a midi event generator that uses a graph to create sequences and loops rather than using a traditional music notation scheme. It's challenging (and fun) to work in the context of a different visual metaphor to make music.

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October 11, 2007

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Ah Belding - yesterday I visited Belding High School in Belding, Michigan. I was invited by the band director, Jonathan Schnicke (also an old friend), to make a presentation about my music to his Music Appreciation class. Afterwards I attended the marching band rehearsal. Jonathan often records these rehearsals.

Today's piece uses samples from yesterday's rehearsal recording. The recorder was high atop a tower, giving the band a distant sound. This inspired my treatment of the samples...

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October 4, 2007

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stx2 is the second in what will be a series of acousmatic pieces using sounds from the Library Book Depository at The Ohio State University (where I work...)

The first one is here. Incidentally, stx is the three letter code for the depository.

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September 26, 2007

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Lawn Mowerment is another meditation in envirnmental sounds, created from a recording of my neighbor mowing his lawn last week. I recorded this using my laptop's internal microphone.

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September 24, 2007

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Guitar Dream a little something mellow for a Monday morning. The guitar riff comes from a project I'm collaborating on with my uncle, Skip.

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September 21, 2007

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Show & Prove is this week's danceaday.com collaboration with Boris Willis. When he sent me this video, Boris said:
I was a part of Holly Bass' performance art piece Show and Prove at Transformer Gallery. Anyone could ask her to dance and she put music on her iPod and a earpiece in my ear and we danced for a song. It was somethings slow with a woman's voice about love. I keep thinking it was billie holiday singing the man I love but it was not that song.
I think it's interesting to see how many people will walk by Boris when he's dancing in public without giving him a second glance (many of his posts demonstrate this behavior). I tried to capture that in my scoring by buring an old scratchy recording underneath subtly looping crowd sounds. Enjoy.

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September 18, 2007

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Simple Sin(e) 4, another installment in my modulation synthesis series. Relax and float down this river of sine waves with me.

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September 17, 2007

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Stasis is an experiment in music that doesn't move.

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September 16, 2007

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Gush
escaping juices
becoming vaguely viscous
almost out of reach

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September 12, 2007

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Elegy for Ollie Ollie was a dog I knew. On Monday he had to be put to sleep, he was very old and suffering from arthritis. Not long ago, I had the chance to look after him for a week while his owners were away. I'll never forget the way he would hobble after me through the house if he thought there was the remotest possibility that I might be getting something to eat, and that maybe I would share it with him this time.

Goodbye Ollie.

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September 11, 2007

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Terror
Six years ago today we witnessed something terrible during our morning television programs...

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September 8, 2007

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Eulogy for Luciano Pavarotti. I'm not a fan of opera, but his presence in our culture is too big to ignore his death.

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September 7, 2007

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Prayer is today's danceaday.com collaboration.

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September 6, 2007

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Invention 8 is a one-minute version of an idea I've had for a much larger piece based on Bach's Invention in F. Stay tuned...

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September 5, 2007

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Simple Sin(e) 3 continues my exploration of synthesis with sine wave generators. For today, I have synced the step-sequencers and added a delay/feedback loop to shift the waves into glorious stereophonic sound.

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