4 Things I Threw Away in 2014

Over the last year, I’ve had to unlearn some things. Below are some tidbits related to music, musicians, and the industry. If learning is like constructing a building, these are the bricks that don’t fit anymore. They’re in my junk pile now. I’m not even sure where they came from. I may have made them […]

In Response to Mark Eisenman and the Definition of Jazz

An interesting tidbit of information:  The word ‘literally,’ meaning “in a literal sense,” has been recently redefined to also mean: “in a figurative sense.” For example, my head literally exploded when I read Mark Eisenman’s post about Jazz: the black hole of music. I can’t think of a better example of the “bastardization” of a […]

Performing – It’s Not About the Music

(A reflection on my performance with Orchestra London last year) Thirty minutes before the performance, Kornel and I were backstage getting ready in our dressing room. He asks me: “Aren’t you going to wear a tux?” “Nah, I’m not comfortable in a tux.  Why?  Don’t I look good in this?” The first piece on the […]

Adventures in Chiptunes (Part 7) – Final Thoughts

Recap: For over a year, I’ve been investigating chiptune music.  I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned about myself, my music, my creative process and more.  I hope some of this is relevant to you.  Thanks for reading. Here’s another excerpt of one of my chip tunes. It’s Dan Fortin’s tune But Still and Yet.   […]

Adventures in Chiptunes (Part 6) – Another Way to Express Musicality

Recap: For over a year, I’ve been investigating chiptune music.  I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned about myself, my music, my creative process and more.  I hope some of this is relevant to you.  Thanks for reading. Here’s one of my own chiptunes.  My composition, Lament. How do you teach musicality? Musicality is the x-factor in […]

Adventures in Chiptunes (Part 5) – Compositions Methods, Flow and Squircles

Recap: For over a year, I’ve been investigating chiptune music.  I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned about myself, my music, my creative process and more.  I hope some of this is relevant to you.  Thanks for reading. Here’s one of my own chip tunes.  From Myriad3‘s album, Tell, it’s my composition Mr. Awkward. Learning Classical Theory […]

Adventures in Chiptunes (Part 4) – Music Software is a Musical Instrument

Recap: For over a year, I’ve been investigating chiptune music.  I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned about myself, my music, my creative process and more.  I hope some of this is relevant to you.  Thanks for reading. Here’s an excerpt of one of my own chiptunes. From Myriad3’s album Tell, it’s Ernesto Cervini’s tune Disturbing Inspiration […]

Adventures in Chiptunes (Part 2) – Keyboards vs. Pianos

Recap: For over a year, I’ve been investigating chiptune music.  I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned about myself, my music, my creative process and more.  I hope some of this is relevant to you.  Thanks for reading. Here’s an excerpt of one of my own chiptunes.  It’s a remake of Dan Fortin’s tune Myriad.  From […]

Adventures in Chiptunes (Part 1) – An Introduction

Before I write about chiptunes, I have two points of introduction. First of all, check out Kind of Bloop, especially Shnabubula’s version of All Blues, that guy’s a whiz.  This is a good starting point for jazz musicians interested in chiptunes. Secondly, some news: I recently bought a Nord Stage EX. This was a big […]