News and Updates
I am flabbergasted to announce that I am one of the winners of this year's ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for my article “Sounds Heard: Anatomy of a Truth-Bender,” published by New Music Box last year. I'm incredibly grateful to Frank J Oteri and Molly Sheridan of New Music Box for taking a chance on my writing, and to Katy Pearce and Elaine Chew for convincing me to write the article in the first place.
Aron Kallay's microtonal piano project "Beyond 12" is now out and available from Microfest Records! The album includes my work Alien Warp Etude, which juxtaposes two incompatible just intonation scales, along with compositions by Kyle Gann, Vera Ivanova, John Schneider, Tom Flaherty, Brian Shepard, Jason Francesco Heath, and Aaron K. Johnson.
New music publication Sequenza21 recently reviewed the Los Angeles iteration of The Electric Voice, bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood's concert tour of music for voice and electronics. I was thrilled to have my piece Mouthfeel performed alongside fantastic music by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Jean-Claude Risset, Michael Norris, and Lissa Meridan. And I love how Paul Muller of Sequenza21 described my work, as "an amusing combination of marketing platitudes nicely re-purposed into a commentary on the industrial-scale process of making and eating tacos." Nice!
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.