"Gymnopedie" is just a pretentious word for "Barefoot". I made this for DJ Stashu's Homemade Polka Contest on WFMU. [more inside]
This is for the 60 second Metafilter November Music Challenge. My software, the Platonic Music Engine, generates 6 glorious seconds of avant-garde electronic beeps and boops for your listening pleasure! Many, many, many more details inside. [more inside]
If you've ever watched Masterpiece Theater on PBS, you've heard this Rondeau by Jean Joseph Mouret. [more inside]
In case you haven't had your shot of modernist/postmodernist classical music today here is a musical analogue to John Cage's mesostic method of generating texts. Warning, the music starts off very softly and then has loud bits. If you listen carefully you just might hear something familiar embedded within the stream of notes. [more inside]
If synthesizers were around, would Peter Illich Tchaikowsky have used one? [more inside]
Short piano solo: Snow falls on the prairie.
A piano composition written a while ago at the end of autumn for the first snowfall. The changing of seasons; the coming winter; delight in the sounds of children playing in the fresh fallen snow. [more inside]
This is sketch I did in MIDI of another instrumental song
Pensive piano interspersed with electronic outbursts and a broad, burbling middle section. [more inside]
Uptempo, hard-driving instrumental for synth+piano, with elements of trance and classical. First track on my Anthem of the Heart EP. [more inside]
Classical piano style experimentation. [more inside]
More massive amounts of Massive. I think it builds up nicely. Let me know what you think.
A pastoral sound, with piano, cello, and English horn.
Another piece written as an homage to Satie. [more inside]
Short piano piece in homage to Erik Satie [more inside]
Music I wrote while searching for Minsky's The Society of Mind. A kind of experimental Baroque for piano. [more inside]
A very short prelude with three variations built from that and each other. Experimental work for piano. [more inside]
German, anonymous, probably 1500s. Still learning to harmonise using GarageBand. [more inside]
A short playful piece for flute and piano. [more inside]
An abridged version of Pachelbel's Canon in D. [more inside]
Who *doesn't* love experimental music?! Demo for a piece in which the performers read the music in circles (and sub-circles). [more inside]
Choral work in support of marriage equality, with text taken from a speech by a Republican WWII vet. Performed by the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers 2010. [more inside]
this came from a guitar thing I came up with. I really messed up the recording, so I should re-record it someday. [more inside]
An elderly man remembers a favorite and long-departed leather jacket with great fondness and maybe a bit of regret. [more inside]
So that you're not left hanging after the conclusion of the third movement, here's the finale of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, programmed in SONAR with the Miroslav Philharmonk library.
A few weeks ago I bought Miroslav Philharmonik, an orchestral sample library, and to test it out, I programmed the third and fourth movements of the Beethoven Fifth in SONAR. Here's the third movement. I'll post the fourth tomorrow.
My first attempt at composing a song using musescore. A bit of a baroque feel to it. (not any real training so I may have broken lots of rules of composition :P)
I sang in the college choir, and one semester, we performed this selection from Benjamin Britten's War Requiem. One day, I pictured a tremolo guitar replacing the orchestra. [more inside]
Its been a while! Inspiration struck, and while I was unconscious this is what it recorded. Hope you enjoy it! [more inside]
My string trio playing 'Ashokan Farewell,' a new American tune. [more inside]
A fantastic piece of symphonic music with deep connections to electronica, joe's last mix by Tanner Menard is a fun ride (this performance is by one of my ensembles with me conducting). I've posted this before, but he and I are doing something different with the piece, and I'm wondering if any of you are interested in participating.... [more inside]
This piece is supposed to represent or express a particular emotion. Please let me know what emotion you think it is. [more inside]
A slow, two line piece on classical guitar, not really in a medieval style but I wasn't sure what else to call it! Hope everyone who takes the time to listen to it enjoys it. [more inside]
This piece is supposed to represent a story associated with a particular emotion. Please let me know what emotion you think it is. [more inside]
This is a piece I've composed to express or represent emotion. Please let me know what you think it expresses. If you really want to be serious, then copy and paste the questionnaire posted inside (without reading the comments!) and send your answers to me by email. [more inside]
"Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal." Text by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Setting by Allen McCullough.
Stylistically I'm not sure where this piece sits, the opening scale is a little Middle Eastern (deliberately) but the rest of the piece ... well have a listen and see what you think. I always intended to record a lead guitar over the top (but never got around to doing it...), so its a little repetitive in the middle section.
Third in my "Can I Play" series, can I play pseudo Japanese koto sounding music? the opening and closing melody is in the hirajoshi scale, hence the name of the song. Performed in two parts on my classical guitar.
Came up with this on a Sunday afternoon, after a long sleep in and a greasy breakfast. Short, instrumental guitar piece like the rest I've posted :)
Another laid back instrumental guitar piece performed on my classical guitar. One of my favourites, though I possible went a little overboard with the compression. Hope its enjoyed by all.
Instrumental piece on a classical guitar, recorded with two parts. Kind of slow, relaxing, and was an attempt to make slight harmonic clashes easier on the ear. Don't worry, its not twelve tone serialism or anything!
Slow instrumental guitar piece performed on classical guitar. Similar in style to my previous pieces Together and Touching
Laid back guitar pop, on a classical guitar - written for a friends wedding.
from Bizet's opera Carmen. Recorded with pianist Andy Kraus in the heat and humidity of a DC summer. [more inside]
Did you ever play Columns for the Sega Genesis/Megadrive? [more inside]
This is the reaction to my constant enthusiasm about music theory: I strung up my first guitar, a 3/4 size steel-string classical, with a mismatch of electric guitar strings, and tuned it BF#BBBD#. Then just played whatever. It made for an entertaining spring break and a kind of 'endearing' song.
This song consists of two parts: the life of the clown, and the funeral of the clown. [more inside]
Sir Edward Elgar, 1899, from a cycle of 5 songs called Sea Pictures. This one is about the singer constantly hearing the call of the sea. Live recording from a recital I did in May with pianist Guy Newbury. [more inside]
One of Franz Schubert's finest songs. Recorded, inexpertly, live in a recital I did in Oxford about a year ago with my excellent accompanist Guy. [more inside]
A song mostly inspired by having a stressful job where I deal with lots of nervous/frustrated/severely impolite people, and its effect on me. It's a little rough because the main track is recorded on a boombox with a verrrrry old cassette.
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