• New Music: "The Dragonfly's First Dawn"

    January 14, 2008 19:56
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    A dragonfly is a truly extraordinary creature. It remains in its larval stage underwater for as long as 5 years. When it's ready to metamorphose into an adult, it climbs up a reed or other plant out of the water, at night, and emerges from its cocoon. When the ...

  • Globalization, Film Scores, and Yours Truly

    December 31, 2007 16:03
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    I was recently contacted by Sören Hyldgaard, a film composer in Denmark. He wanted glass armonica in his score for a film called Red, but flying me to Denmark to record them just wasn't in the cards. So instead he sent me the cues (each musical 'chunk' of film score is called a 'cue') and I recorded the glass armonica ...

  • New Music: "Pastorale"

    November 16, 2007 16:47
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    Well, it's getting to be the Holiday time of the year. A standard Christmas type of piece in ages past was the 'pastorale—the original idea is that it was supposed to be reminiscent of shepherds piping in their fields. Pastorales are always in a gentle 6/8 or 12/8 time (ONE-two-three-FOUR-five-six...) and frequently have a drone bass (long bass note). Handel has a Pastorale in his ...

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