Blogs

Dangerous Listening

I’m exploring an interesting psychosomatic illness—rapid heartbeat, dizziness, confusion, and even hallucinations in the face of too much beautiful art.

Here Comes the Judge

Last weekend I helped judge scores for the upcoming Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts here in Minneapolis. I can’t guarantee that my findings are universal, but in any case it was a tremendously enlightening couple of hours.

On Vacation from Rome

I’ve been in Paris and Prague, on “vacation” from the AAR, visiting friends and exploring cities that I don’t know very well, hoping that may spark a measure or two of music that needs to get written soon.

Face the Music

What’s really interesting about Facebook from a new music-minded perspective is how many people involved with new music are there.

Sound Ecologies

The Japanese soundscape, whether in the office or outdoors in the neighborhood, is neither particularly silent nor even relatively quiet—it’s full, rich, and for the most part quite noisy.

Operatic Intentions

As is the case every time I see an opera, I am seized anew with
the desire to write and produce my own.

Fuzzy Math

If having only seven million viewers is a failure, how can anyone succeed? It’s a question of scale.