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Composer and Psychogeographer
Interests: psychogeography, aesthetics, poetics, sonic structures.
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Listen to "four influences, part 1 ( Gould and Monk)" on Spreaker. "four influences" part 1. Glenn Gould and Thelonius Monk on how to sit at the piano. Next session, Karl Haas and Terrence McKenna on how to teach. You... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at ZenGlop
Listen to "Heidegger, existential hermeneutics and Bill Clinton" on Spreaker. The joke that defeated a presidency. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2019 at ZenGlop
Robert Cogan's book "New Images of Musical Sound" had an enormous impact on me as a graduate student, a composer and a human being who thinks about music. Listen to "the joy of music theory" on Spreaker. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at ZenGlop
More natural radio; Transduction and sonicism; the meditative stillness as a precursor to death. With a side of Alvin Lucier and John Cage? Delicious episode. Listen to "sonicism and the precursor to mortality" on Spreaker. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2019 at ZenGlop
I've written some music called 'glory birds orange and gold'. Sometimes I start a piece with an idea about how to use specific synthesis maybe I want to explore what happens if I use one signal as a controller... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2019 at ZenGlop
Listen to "Natural Radio, Electromagnetism and Thoreau" on Spreaker. Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2019 at ZenGlop
Like so much of what I think, what I think about life in the universe I learned listening to Terrence McKenna. There’s always a challenge to describe the provenance of these ideas. Terrence McKenna spoke at workshops and gatherings for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2019 at ZenGlop
Listen to "communion and compassion" on Spreaker. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at ZenGlop
On October 6 2016, Six Canticles were transmitted from Dwingeloo Radio telescope in the Netherlands outwards directed towards the Lyra Nebula. A month later the same set was transmitted towards the Andromeda nebula. The Fourth canticle is contained in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at ZenGlop
In this episode, more on psychogeography and the meditative expanse, as well as a reading of W H Auden. Listen to "Psychogeography, meditative expanse: unintended intimacies and WH Auden" on Spreaker. First off, I know the sound was garbage last... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2018 at ZenGlop
I'm going to Paris next month for an event at the Pompidou center ( check out this cool article from CMU. ) The Moon Ark is an object designed to land on the surface of the moon onboard the Astrobotics... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2018 at ZenGlop
I'm nearly fifty - just past fifty counts as near to fifty, right? These pieces had been on my desk for years. Picking at them, avoiding the hard decisions required to finish. making the commitment to finish writing, practice sufficiently... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2018 at ZenGlop
Listen to "Chod by the Hudson" on Spreaker. Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2018 at ZenGlop
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at ZenGlop
Liturgy provokes a confrontation with the vectors of scale and prompts a consideration of mortality. The Aesthetic object is directly constructed to instance this confrontation. Listen to "a liturgical gesture hacks experience" on Spreaker. Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at ZenGlop
I gave the Tuesday talk at Olmo Ling meditation center last week. This is a recording of that talk, 'Poetry and Practice'. Listen to "poetry and practice: a Tuesday night talk" on Spreaker. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at ZenGlop
I talk about music, memory and meaning in a new piece based on a sample of Elvis singing 'unchained melody'. link to full track 'hands made perfect' link to 'hands made perfect' patch breakdown video: Listen to "a gesture from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at ZenGlop
I demonstrate the Hurdy Gurdy and talk about the anachronistic dream at Pennsic. Listen to "Hurdy Gurdy at The Pennsic War" on Spreaker. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2018 at ZenGlop
talking about hats makes me think about pantomime, which somehow makes me talk about Philip Larkin. Ends with an improvised tape piece, my voice manipulated reading Larkin. Listen to "many hats, many dreams" on Spreaker. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at ZenGlop
In which I discuss the decision and program to schedule a house concert with a mix of piano music I've written and other compositions. Listen to "kaiser plays kaiser" on Spreaker. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at ZenGlop
The weather being exceptionally fine one Saturday morning, I took my favorite gear out to the back porch and there made sounds for the enjoyment of my neighbors and assorted wild life. KOMA FK FX spring reverb picking up ambient... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at ZenGlop
Kaiser erases a white board and creates a phased glitch musical reworking of Terrence McKenna speaking about The Good Shit . intro/outro sounds!! Listen to "he had a notion" on Spreaker. Links: Terrence McKenna The Good Shit rap ZenGlop... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at ZenGlop
Episode 30: modes of sonic psychogeography (modify, memorialize, manipulate). A podcast episode recorded walking around downtown Pittsburgh. Listen to "modes of psychogeographic field recording: modify, memorialize, manipulate." on Spreaker Landscape music example, _music that is impossibly loud and unbearably silent_:... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at ZenGlop
In this episode, I talk about what it feels like to play my piano after it has been regulated...'regulation' is a two day process where each component of the action is taken out and recalibrate. Thus the title, because isn't... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at ZenGlop
I can rack up with synth gear but I'm still a pianist at heart. The Korg SQ-1 sequencer has a number of different modes, influencing the order and values passed. But what I've realized is that at any point, I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at ZenGlop