It’s been a long time. Way too long. I keep telling myself that I won’t let so much time fly by in between posts, but the last year and a half or so has been a bit crazy, to say the least. Ironically, when things are happening more frequently, that’s probably when I should be … More Embracing Transition
I know it seems weird to be “interviewing” myself, but I figure there are fun and interesting things that you may not know about me yet. Plus, I want the series to be a collage of the entire studio, so why not. How did you become interested in studying music? I first wanted to learn … More Meet the Studio: Sakari Dixon
Yesterday I began Ross W. Duffin’s book How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care). It is one of the several books on my summer reading list, but the first to be read out of the music-related books so far. It seems that just starting this book has begun to get some … More Summer Reading: How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony, Part 1
Since I am writing another chamber piece that heavily involves percussion, I decided that I would research more percussion techniques in order to expand my “palette” for the instruments, mallets in particular. I don’t quite remember how I found this (it’s so easy to get sidetracked doing research on the internet), but I learned that … More An Awesome Discovery: The Balafon
Upon rereading and reflecting on James Sharp’s entry in the U of R Composition Studio Blog, “Balancing the Professional and the Academic,” I have finally realized one of my major obstacles to composing a work to its completion. I often write out every note that comes to me, thinking that it will solidify my ideas. … More Channeling my muse…not. Let’s talk about old-fasioned brainstorming!