News and Updates
I recently composed the soundtrack for Zoe Quinn and Patrick Lindsey's Depression Quest, an interactive fiction game about living with depression, and I've been proud to be associated with a game that deals with such difficult issues in a nuanced way. I'm even prouder now that Depression Quest has won the 2013 Massachusetts Digital Game Institute Game Challenge in the category of Best Serious Game. Congratulations, guys.
A few pieces of unrelated news:
1) Congratulations to Juventas New Music Ensemble, who have won The American Prize for Opera Performance for their production of my chamber opera Light and Power!
2) Christine Love's visual novel Analogue: A Hate Story (for which I wrote the soundtrack) has been nominated as a finalist in this year's IndieCade Festival!
3) John Cage is 100 years old today! In celebration of the centennial, NewMusicBox has published my article "David Tudor and the Performance Practice of John Cage's Concert for Piano and Orchestra," the culmination of some original research that began a few years ago. The article includes some never-before-published images from Tudor's papers at the Getty Center, and I'm very happy that it's out there in a format everyone has access to. Thanks to Prof. Bob Moore at USC for encouragement and guidance, Nancy Perloff at the Getty for being really helpful about permissions and copyright, and finally, Frank Oteri and Molly Sheridan at NewMusicBox for their eagle-eye editing.
A little bit of opera news: My chamber opera Light and Power, commissioned by Juventas New Music Ensemble with libretto by Jillian Burcar, was recently selected as a finalist for The American Prize for Opera Performance (Professional Division). This adds to the opera's previous accolades, including winning 2nd place in the category of "Production by a Professional Opera Company" in the National Opera Association's 2011 competition.
Recently the LA new music collective wild up asked me to write some arrangements of the music of Ennio Morricone, who scored Sergio Leone's classic spaghetti Westerns. This week at NewMusicBox, I write about how Morricone managed to seamlessly integrate his avant-garde roots with an unabashedly tonal, melodic sensibility: The Good, the Bad, and the Experimental
Here is a video trailer of the upcoming 9th International Symposium on Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval (CMMR 2012), held at Queen Mary University of London, where I will be performing as part of the New Resonances Festival at Wilton's Music Hall. (If you don't blink you can see a brief clip of me performing at 0:38!)