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About Me

 I just got new hosting and I'm waiting for dns to propagate… and in the meantime, composing a new "about me". Over the years, ccrma's been good to me, so I decided to link to this blog instead of creating a brand new one. My password still works from 2005. Thanks for that faith in me. 


About Me:


absolute noon

In Austin the sun rises at 7:28 every day this week because we're at the parahelion, the pointiest part in the earth's ellipse around the sun. the planet is moving slower this time of year. In three months, the sun will rise a minute earlier each day! In my home town in New Hampshire, it will change by two minutes each day!


The oldest book I can find on music theory is the Silappatikaram, written around the year 400 in Tamil.  I ordered a copy.  I'll let you know.

What music theory books have inspired you?

Texas Early Music Project

I went to see a concert of women composers by the Texas Early Music Project with music by Barbara Strozzi, Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, and Caterina Assandra among others.  Some of the pieces were arranged by director Daniel Johnson, who conducted as well. 

There was lots of vocal music.  Some of the soloists: Meredith Ruduski, Stephanie Prewitt, and Gitanjali Mathur astounded me.  The ensemble will do an early music opera concert in September which I very much look forward to. 

Open questions

composing is hard.

My first experience with CCRMA

I was a freshman in the year 2000.  I lived in Ujamaa and on the way back from one of the trailers parked behind the pomegranate tree on the knoll where I had rented a backpack and sleeping pad for a camping trip I heard the strangest sounds eminating from the old mansion.  This was before the renovations and the building was truly creepy.  There were owls.  I'm synesthetic, so what I saw were these Black black timbres, very low, impossible for a human to produce these vocally, maybe, yet they modulated around like a living thing.  I heard some other den
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