Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Today I learned that the music faculty had unanimously voted to award me departmental honors status. This is especially cool because I didn't know this even existed until last month. I know several recent graduates who had the necessary requirements, but did not apply for departmental honors because they did not know about it. In fact, I don't remember anyone ever graduating with departmental honors in music. Perhaps this will be the impetus for the music department to reevaluate how they advertise this honor.
Monday, September 11, 2006
So I was on the Apple download page, looking at their free screen-savers, and it struck me that a lot of them stink. After fooling around with Quartz Composer for the better part of half an hour, I discovered that making a screen-saver on a Mac is sort of like working with Reason. You end up working with a series of signal controllers that can be rerouted to other controllers, with near-limitless flexibility. Please enjoy this set of three quartz screen-savers. FlameSaver and WebCamSaver both show my RSS feed, and FairySaver is a cute little yellow light that flies around the screen (on top of a photo I took at the botanical gardens). Why doesn't Apple publicize this little program better to non-developers? Surprisingly, it IS quite user friendly. What other cool things are lurking deep within my PowerMac? Anyway, please enjoy these (Mac OS X-only) screen-savers!
Saturday, September 09, 2006
With much gratitude, I'm announcing that the new experimental piece is finished. This project generated a lot of interest in both the music and the Hope Center. Thank you to everyone who was involved (or followed along) with the project. The last incomplete feature of the piece was the title. I had been complaining last week about a lack of vowels, and just this afternoon, a group from Haralson County High School, in Tallapoosa, Georgia, purchased an A, E, I, O, U, and Y! Using the letters you purchased, I have decided to name the piece: Key Buxom Kamikaze @ H.Q. Some other considerations for titles included Squeakky Zombie-X Ham K and Q, Kabuki Homemaker XYZ.
The piece is now available to download online, and is free and open for public performance and recording. I will also upload a free recording, as soon as one becomes available. There is no fee to use the music; however, all proceeds generated must go to the Hope Center in Lexington, KY.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Well, it's finally out. As part of orientation, new students were given a coupon to come pick up my relaxation CD "Centered in the Circle" from ESS. I've already seen several people who have them, which is pretty cool! The bad news is that it's not available online yet, but hopefully it will be soon.
Friday, September 01, 2006
I just heard the unedited, unmastered recording of Greg Banaszak playing my Bozza Aria arrangement with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Krakow, Poland. It sounds fantastic! I can't wait to get a copy of the CD when it comes out. I also heard that Banaszak and Centaur records signed a deal with LOT Polish Airlines to use the Aria as part of their in-flight music presentation. I suppose stranger things have happened, but this is certainly up there.
Thank you to everyone who participated in my most recent experiment. The music is completed, but I am still selling letters for the title. The shopping cart has been disabled, so please contact me with how many letters you would like. Keep the following possibilities in mind: an "R" yields "embark" or "hammer", a "Y" yields "mayhem", two "I"s yield "maximize", "NCR" yields "benchmark", and "YTR" yields "myth-maker".