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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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 1, 2008

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Happy April Fools!

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March 23, 2008

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Easter Eggs -- Happy Easter, everybody!

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March 17, 2008

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Danny -- Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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March 4, 2008

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Autodial celebrates Primary Day in Ohio with a collage from recent messages on my answering machine.

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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.

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February 14, 2008

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VD -- Happy February 14th!

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February 5, 2008

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Fat -- Happy Mardi Gras!

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January 21, 2008

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Last Words -- I've used a recording of the final words from a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., titled I've Been to the Mountaintop. He delivered this sermon on April 3, 1968, at Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters) in Memphis, Tennessee.

He was assassinated the next day, April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

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January 1, 2008

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Resolutions

Happy New Year!

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December 25, 2007

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Merry Christmas!

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December 24, 2007

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Ole Red Nose wishes you a Merry Christmas Eve!

(Only one more shopping day...)

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December 23, 2007

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Elvis Claus
Elvis as Santa
sweat-stained red velvet jumpsuit
"Ah-Happy Christmas"


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Happy Christmas Eve Eve!

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December 21, 2007

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Holiday Movie is this week's danceaday.com collaboration with Boris Willis. The video he sent reminded me of old 35mm home movies, so I went with it.

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December 19, 2007

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Night Before uses the instrumental interludes from an old recording of a musical version of The Night Before Christmas. If you think it sounds familiar, you're right. I used samples from this same recording to open Electric Christmas In the Window, last year's audio Christmas card.

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December 18, 2007

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Christmaas -- Do you ever feel like this at the holidays?

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December 17, 2007

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Jingle Bits is today's installment in my 12-part holiday series. A little 8-bit, a little breakbeat, a whole lotta holiday cheer.

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December 15, 2007

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Free Speech Today is Bill of Rights Day. Celebrate our rights while we still have them.

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December 13, 2007

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Is That You -- Day Three of my holiday series asks this simple question:

What if Santa Claus lived in Kansas?

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December 12, 2007

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XXXmas -- Day Two of my podcast "tribute" to the Christmas season. One holiday song I've never understood is that little tribute to naughty girls, Santa Baby. A bit of careful mashing reveals the true meaning of this Christmas song. Listen to the ever-carnal Madonna vs the Sonny Lester Orchestra.

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December 11, 2007

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First Day is the first in a series of twelve pieces launching a podcast assault on the holidays. It's not that I dislike Christmas, I just can't stand the Christmas season. The constant barrage of Lexus commercials encouraging me to give the best gift possible (therefore winning...what?), the omnipresence of Santa (buying groceries, chowing down on Honeybaked ham, abandoning his trusty elves to shop at the Verizon store), and the never-ending musical cheer oozing from every orifice of virtually every public space drive me to distraction.

So... I begin this 12 Days celebration with my own version of a song that is the epitome of Christmas Camp: Sleigh Ride as performed by The Ventures.

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November 23, 2007

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Xma$$ale celebrates good ol' American capitalism with a trip to the mall on Black Friday. The idea for this piece comes from a suggestion by composer Alex Shapiro. She suggested I make an update of the passage in Charles Ives' "Three Places in New England" that layers different marching tunes on top of each other to simulate standing on a street corner as a parade passes. My version replaces the marching bands with canned Christmas music that you might hear at the mall during holiday shopping season.

I sent this along to Boris for this week's danceaday.com collaboration, and he took to the malls.

Check out Alex's blog - Notes From the Kelp.

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November 22, 2007

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Shoveling the Turkey -- To celebrate Thanksgiving, my wife JoLayne suggested I make a collage using audio from her favorite turkey-themed movie, Home for the Holidays.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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October 31, 2007

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60" Mourn compresses selections from Mozart's Requiem into a one-minute meditation on death. Fitting for Halloween, no?

Happy Halloween.

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October 28, 2007

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Orange Cheese is made using more sounds I sampled from a CD titled Scary Sounds of Halloween. The guy who made the original called his track Scary Invitation. It's so corny, I love it...

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October 24, 2007

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Gro$$ -- Today is Take Back Your Time Day, an initiative organized by The Simplicity Forum. Their position is that Americans work too many hours without being given adequate time off:
The crushing demands of a workplace out of control have long been a private anguish of quiet desperation. But that's not true anymore. During the 2004 presidential election, pollsters suggested that surveys and focus groups found that "lack of free time" was one of the most significant concerns of so-called "swing voters", many of whom are mothers with young children. This is no surprise to us. The U.S. has the longest working hours in the industrial world. The average European puts in nine fewer weeks on the job each year than Americans do. While the Chinese have a mandated three weeks of paid leave, Australians four, and Europeans 4 to 5 weeks, the U.S. has no minimum paid leave law.

American public policies protecting our family and personal time fall far short of those in other countries. A recent study released by the Harvard School of Public Health, covering 168 of the world's nations (www.globalworkingfamilies.org), concluded that "the United States lags dramatically behind all high-income countries, as well as many middle- and low-income countries when it comes to public policies designed to guarantee adequate working conditions for families." The study found that:

163 of 168 countries guarantee paid leave for mothers in connection with childbirth. 45 countries offer such leave to fathers. The U.S. does neither.

139 countries guarantee paid sick leave. The U.S. does not.

96 countries guarantee paid annual (vacation) leave. The U.S. does not.

84 countries have laws that fix a maximum limit on the workweek. The U.S. does not.

37 countries guarantee parents paid time off when children are sick. The U.S. does not.

America can do better. We believe there is no compelling reason for the world's richest country to lag so far behind in so many areas when it comes to work/life balance. It is time for the United States to join all other industrial nations in guaranteeing that our nation's tremendous productivity be used to allow Americans freedom from overwork, stress and burnout. Such stress relief will make Americans happier and healthier, and reduce the pressures on our health care system, lowering costs for all. It will also make us more productive. Studies show that job performance goes up after breaks and vacations. A healthier workplace will save money for American business, too, which loses $300 billion a year in job stress-related costs.

We are not against work; meaningful work is essential to the good life. But we need to work more wisely to taste that life, as part of the pursuit of happiness that is our inalienable right as human beings. We want to work to live, not live to work. We need time to care.

October 24 is nine weeks from the end of the year. According to John de Graaf, National Coordinator of Take Back Your Time Day, Americans work nine weeks more per year than anyone else.

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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 2, 2007

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Haunted Loops is the first Halloween themed post of the month. I used some electric piano samples and some haunted house sounds I found online at the Freesound Project (Electricity.wav, Heartbeat.wav, Moan.wav, and Owl.wav, all created by Johnc)

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July 4, 2007

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Cadence is an expanded version of a snare drum cadence used by marching bands.

Happy Independence Day, America.

Happy Wednesday, World.

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