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...

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...