Ethical Sampling

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Along with the release of my album Sampled Library, I wanted to write up some thoughts about sampling I’ve had kicking around my head. The sampler is a relatively recent invention: showed up in the late 60s, affordable by plonkers in the 80s, and gutted by legal nonsense the 90s. In between the last two […]

Not As Advertised

Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 4:56 am

As sure as rain will fall, stated tech specs invariably inflate what the product can do. Various features are fonted and gaslit with a knowing wink, then vaporize as soon as the rubber hits the road — Oh. That’s not what I thought that meant. Other woes belched from the from the technology horn include, […]

Free Agent

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I wake up every day, and there is stuff to do; things to make. I use tools to make things and do stuff, because they accelerate and expand what I am individually capable of. One such tool is the computer. I get an amazing amount of stuff done on computers, and I’ve come to rely […]

The Devil Is In The Details

Monday, July 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Your time and energy are limited. Choosing to spend your time on one thing means choosing not to spend it on something else. Don’t let curiosity, perfectionism, and compulsion drive you all over the map — set a direct course.

Korg, Roland, and Yamaha: Please Stop Faking It

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 8:17 pm

The big manufacturers of music equipment (such as Roland, Korg, and Yamaha) have been increasingly dissapointing to synth-heads over the last few years. I outline why I think this is, and find a few rays of hope.

The Computer Is Just Another Piece Of Equipment

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Computers are a potent symbol of unleashed creativity and unlimited potential… but it’s no good if you can’t get at that potential, and get at it quickly. The software you use determines your options and workflow. A DAW is not always the best option!

Motivations Of A Musician Blogger

Friday, November 27, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Why I blog.

Why Write Music Anyways?

Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Trying to untangle my own motivations to compose.

Electronically Amused

Monday, September 28, 2009 at 5:50 am

You know what it’s like when music, sound, and the related equipment just amuse you beyond words?? You just want to sit there all day and fuck with it.

The Holy Grail of the Unconscious

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 2:19 am

Charming NY Times Article that got me thinking about where I’m going with this music stuff.