Lately, in the course of composing pieces, I have been obsessively fascinated with one particular chord...NO, NOT THE TRISTAN CHORD!It's a wonderful chord, but it's not the one I'm thinking of.It's…Continue
What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Leaning on the more classical side, I love Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern, as well as Debussy, Strauss, Sibelius, and Wagner, but on the modern contemporary side, I always love Jazz-Rock Fusion, and Post-Rock, for they also have influenced me in my writing.
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
I was born in Asher, Oklahoma, but at the moment, I am in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the Fall and Spring studying for my Bachelor's Degree in Contemporary Music.
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
Hello, I am a student at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design's Contemporary Music Program, working to get my Bachelor's Degree in Contemporary Music and hopefully moving on from there to get my Master's Degree in Music Composition.
As a high school student, I was interested in being a "rock and roll guitarist", playing in the local church's youth group band as a lead guitarist. I then decided to become more seriously invested in music, learning all I could about the theory on my own in a school that provided little to no music education. I would strive to become a virtuoso guitarist like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Shawn Lane, and all the others.
Going to University (or music school, as it is sometimes deemed), I learned so many things about music as a whole, and once I had begun to really grasp it, something always eluded me: "What do I do with music, really?" Should I become a touring artist? A music therapist? A teacher? I could never really figure it out for a long time (5 years total). I then decided that composing music professionally would be the way to go!
I mostly specialize in solo piano miniatures that delve in several musical concepts such as pandiatonicism, aggravated quartal-secundal harmony, polytonicism, and less often Serialism and full-on atonality. I have however written for full orchestra, and have even written narrative music for short films and video.
For influences, I quote from Debussy, Strauss, Sibelius, Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Satie, Cage, Schumann, Harrison, Copland, Wagner, Gershwin, and Ravel, just to name a few! :)
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Listening to your music, I like the delicacy and subtlety. Some gamelin-like influences, a la Debussy? He may be my favorite composer, although Mozart and Sibelius have always been among my top three also. My favorite chord would have to be the ninth, as well as the floating unresolved dissonances so typical of Debussy. I'm currently hearing your "Doubt," which really shows his influence. His piano music is in my opinion the greatest that has ever been written. Now "Sepia" is playing, and it reminds me of Golliwogs's Cakewalk." But while his influence is there, you have much originality. Very nice music, glad you joined the Forum!