Video and Analysis – “Lifegiver”


This is a post about the final project I made in a course focusing on the sound design program Metasynth.   The video I made with the sounds, images, and videos I have compiled over the past years is here: To access the source audio files, please see below. Lis11-MicrowaveBeep.wav Lis16-LipSmack1.wav Lis17-LipSmack2.wav Lis22-HardWaterFlowAndCreak.wav Lis24-WaterDraining.wav Lis25-Fan.wav Lis28-MidZipper.wav …

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Proportional Notation (Tool #59)


One trap that is easy to fall into as a composer is the rigidity of rhythm, meter, and barlines.  While these are good tools to use when constructing a piece, sometimes a true sense of line requires that you write music that is free from strict rhythm, meter, and barlines.  This allows your music to …

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Tips for Musicians with Day Jobs (Tool #58)


Many of we musicians have day jobs.  For some, it is a temporary, seasonal gig for extra cash.  For some of us, it is a part time, or multiple part time, jobs to make ends meet.  For some of us, we have full time jobs, both exempt and non-exempt.  Some of us love our jobs, …

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I’m Actually Taking the Advice I Post Here


I blog from time to time about life as a composer, musician, and arts administrator, and reiterate many key qualities and skills one should aspire to have.  There is one skill that I advise readers to learn, but one that I don't consistently follow through: stop, breathe, relax.  If you're wondering why I haven't posted …

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Mental Illness as a Musician (Part 1 of many?)


(This was written on 11/30/16, for posting on 12/1/16.) I would like to write on a rather personal topic tonight.  I have a mood disorder, an amalgamation of mental illness that is best described on a spectrum (i.e. there is a spectrum of mood disorders, and I am somewhere on that spectrum, with my own …

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