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...

We Can Do Better

This is another post adapted from an extended Facebook post, this one from (I think) early December 2015. I think this was one of those rare, exceptionally lucid moments where I captured what I was feeling fairly well, and I stand by it now. I know two kinda political...

Why I Left a Meditation Retreat Before It Started

I’m mainly posting this so I don’t have to explain as many times to as many people why I told them I was going to a meditation retreat but didn’t actually do it. It’d probably be easier to lie and say “It was great,” but that would be lame. But also, maybe this will...

2015 In Review

Just as it was in 2014, 2015 was a year where things happened. Here’s a list of some of those things! I once again took part in the the Global Game Jam, writing music and sound for Mr. In The Moment. I went to the Digipen Game Audio Symposium and it was rad! I met the...