How I Compose

Music is, in short, organized sound. The various methods used to organize sound produce predictable associations and connotations (the seeds of which are largely culturally drawn) in the mind of the listener. I believe that as a composer I must, at the very least, be...

Being Better

I recently resigned from my “day job” as Program Coordinator for the WWU Music Department. I’m now spending all my time trying to be a one-person music/sound-making business. This is scary as hell, and I don’t know if it will be successful, but...

Make It Smaller (+ make space)

I’ve been in a rather massive creative rut since roughly the start of this year (though I think the problem’s roots go back further than that). I don’t know how useful it is to try to find the reason behind it; at a certain point it stops mattering,...
On Synthwave

On Synthwave

Lately I’ve been listening to ungodly amounts of synthwave. It’s not something I expected to get really, really into, but now that I’m here in the midst of this obsession, I can start to trace where this all came from and why I’m digging it so...

Don’t Wait for Inspiration

A series of reminders for myself that you may find helpful: Don’t wait for inspiration to get to work. Remember what Dr. Briggs always said: “[Creative work] is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.” Don’t wait for the perfect timing....

Open-Source Music

I am an abashed (no pun intended) fiddler—and I don’t mean I play violin. Recently I’ve been tipping my toes into the water of open-source development for fun, learning basics of git, CLIs, SQL, Emacs Lisp, various bits and pieces of various programming...

New website: “Skeptical Spirit”

In an effort to make my busy life even busier, I’ve started a new website called Skeptical Spirit, where I’ll be talking about stuff having to do with skepticism, spirituality, personal development, and basically anything tangentially related to those...

Mindful Composition

As a composer (and, I’m sure, in any creative endeavor), it’s extremely, deceptively easy to fall into a rhythm and habit and just write without thinking too much about it. We simply write what we think sounds like it should come next in that moment alone; where the...
What Makes Undertale So Wonderful?

What Makes Undertale So Wonderful?

A few months ago I finally gave in to peer pressure and bought & played Undertale. In September 2015, Undertale seemed to appear out of nowhere. Suddenly on Twitter and Facebook, everyone seemed to be talking about this mysterious new game (at the time, I didn’t...