recording

On Prince’s “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker”

May 3, 2016 Featured, Uncategorized

Prince died a week ago. I’m really bummed about it. I’ve had some really good friends rave about how life-changing his shows are, and I kept convincing myself that I’d actually go to one. That can’t happen anymore, and it reminds me to take advantage of what exists in the now as much as I can. What I have now is his entire discography, pulled together from various sources since I started listening to Prince regularly in my adult life.[^1]Read More

Many voices, but only me in the room

October 10, 2015 Uncategorized

There’s an interview with Annie Clark and David Byrne in which they describe their working relationship for Love This Giant: DB: This was a more intertwined collaboration than most I’ve done. In many ways it was more democratic — we were constantly bouncing what we were doing off one another. Which is creatively great, but also slow — democracy is slow. [laughs] AC: The tech-y stuff was a headache, honestly. We’d send files back and forth in [music program] Logic, and because I hadRead More

April 18, 2013 Uncategorized

I should post more. So the marathon tragedy thing happened. I don’t usually get emotional about things like this but having it happen so close and with so much uncertainty was especially unsettling this time. (Relying on Twitter and local news for updates clearly didn’t help, either.) I can’t anything more emotionally valid or witty or powerful than what’s already been said, so I won’t bother. I spent Monday evening working on an arrangement of a song that a friendRead More

variations on a lonely theme

May 18, 2011 Uncategorized

I like this piece a lot. So did the audience. Very few composers (and songwriters, for that matter) these days make full use of the bass guitar, and ones that do stand out to me. For this piece, I was focusing on complete destruction of the main theme I had written, both in the classical sense and in new ways. All the electronic sounds are sampled from the original recording I made of the theme – thus, I am makingRead More

sometimes, late at night, i loop recordings

May 18, 2011 Uncategorized

This is a recording I just finished that may very well be a track on a future taken by name record. I played two great piano chords, reversed them, and came up with two more for the second half. Then I got this sweet guitar fuzz tone that reminded me of Ratatat. Then I sang some pretty paranoid lyrics I had written into an SM58 while wrapped in a blanket. (It’s cold.) I like the sound of things when theyRead More