Happy new year! this is my semi-annual news announcement. First, we are closing in on February, which means the SEAMUS National Conference is right around the corner. I’m co-hosting the conference, held at Georgia Southern University, with my incredible colleagues John Thompson and Martin Gendelman. It has been an exhausting process coordinating this behemoth, but with the help of many people, we are making it work.
The spring is bringing many exciting things. First, the inaugural performance of the Electronic Music Instrumental Collective (EMIC). I’ve been writing and arranging for the ensemble, which is 30% laptop ensemble, 30% EDM, and 30% post-noise rock. The other 10% is indescribable. It has been a beautiful process creating this……..ensemble, and forging an identity from a void of nothingness. As we stand on the precipice of this adventure, it is my hope that the ensemble serves as a vehicle for exploration, both of soundworlds, and crossover potential. I’ll post some videos in late May of the early performances. I have 3 new instrument and microsound pieces in various stages of development, but the one closest to completion is a piece for microsound and percussion ensemble. I’ve had some interest from people asking about percussion pieces, so I finally got around to writing one. It will be premiered by…….(we’ll see who gets it first!) next fall.
I have 3 new albums coming out this year (that I know of!). First a new 32 Below record is in the production stage, and the songs written so far are far more grounded, raw, and soaring than on the last album. I can’t describe it better than that, so if you are interested in hearing the next big thing in country music, head over to 32below.net
Next is an electronic music solo project that I have been working on for a while. It’s an minimalist/ambient record, and it forms the core of a solo/duo show that I’m hoping to take out next spring. some samples can be found on the “ambient” page.
Lastly is a yet unnamed record that I’m working on with a close friend. I’ve wanted to make this album since I was 15. I’m a lot older than 15 now, but I’m no less excited about it. what is it? I just. can’t. tell. you. Yet.
welcome to the new year. be well.