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4 Jan

I believe it was the American composer and pianist Bruce Wolosoff who confessed in the liner notes of an LP that he “…failed to understand how anyone could not be obsessed with music.” (Paraphrasing here.) Since my adolescence, I, too, have felt the magnetic pull of music, a curiosity held so strongly, that it ultimately drove me back to graduate school to study the science of music, language, and human development. Unfortunately, graduate school has reduced any leisure time I once dedicated to expanding my knowledge and appreciation of art music considerably: It has been literal years since I discovered a “new” composer whose work resides just outside the periphery of the mainstream classical repertoire (e.g., Alkan, Mompou), read a serious blog post on music criticism (e.g., Boom’s Dungeon), or engaged with the classical music community on Twitter.

This year, I resolve to put down my school readings and open my ears in an effort to continue learning through sound. Join me, as I catalog #onesymphonyaday: A resolution to listen, contemplate, and, most importantly, experience one symphony every day for 2018. There will be no constraints regarding the period, genre, style, or composer, though I intend to start listening to symphonic works selected from the classical period, and, perhaps, progress up to the “new music” of today.

  1. January 4th,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  – Symphony No. 34 in C-Major [Listen on Spotify]
  2. January 5th,  Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 3 in F-Major (Bruno Walter conducting) [Listen on Spotify]
  3. January 6th, Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 2 in D-Major  [Listen on Spotify]
  4. January 7th, Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 1 in C-Minor [Listen on Spotify]
  5. January 8th, Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 4 in E-Minor [Listen on Spotify]
  6. January 9th, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 41 in C-Major
  7. January 10th, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 35 in D-Major
  8. January 11th, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 25 in G-Minor [Listen on Spotify]
  9. January 12th, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 21 in A Major
  10. January 13th, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 39 in E-Flat Major
  11. January 14th,  Franz Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 1 in D Major
  12. January 15th, Franz Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 4 in D Major
  13. January 16th, Franz Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 5 in A Major
  14. January 17th, Franz Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 6 in D Major
  15. January 18th, Franz Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 7 “Le Midi”

Neural Symphony: Make Music With Sounds of the Brain

28 Nov

I am so excited to finally announce the release of Neural Symphony, a free sample library of neural responses mapped to the piano keyboard. These samples allow composers, producers, and sound designers to create music using the raw audio of millions of neurons firing together in synchrony.  You can listen to demo of the sounds below, or download the sample pack and make your own “neuromusic:”


Twin Peaks – “Falling” (Theme Song arr. for Roland Juno-60 Synthesizer)

20 Nov

Twin Peaks – Theme Song (“Falling”). Music composed by Angelo Badalamenti. Originally performed by Julee Cruise and recorded by Kinny Landrum.

Arranged for the Roland Juno-60. All parts are played by Roland Juno-60, except drums. EQ, compression, and reverb added.

New Synthwave Instrumental: 120 MPH

21 Mar


This past week, I made this hilarious 80s-inspired theme song while playing around with the Ice Choir sample pack. 90% of this track produced using content from the sample pack, while the remaining 10% is the Juno 6 and guitar.

Learning about Machine Learning

29 May

With the objective of acquiring some technical skills during my graduate-school career, I and several of my fellow graduate students will be embarking through Gareth James, Daniela Witten, Trevor Hastie and Robert Tibshirani’s wonderful book, An Introduction to Statistical Learning with Applications in R this summer. R Bloggers has turned the textbook into a full curriculum, complete with video lectures and powerpoint slides. We will be blogging our progress at Chaotic Neural. Follow along.

Mixcraft 7 Teacher’s Guide

11 Mar

Mixcraft 6 Teacher's Guide


An updated version of the Mixcraft Teacher’s Guide is now available. As always, a .pdf-version of the book is free. Updates include new student projects, an overview of the added features in Mixcraft version 7, recommendations on hardware, and fresh screenshots. See below for a description:

Mixcraft 7 Teacher’s Guide is a teaching tool and reference manual aimed at educators who wish to incorporate music composition, music production, and digital audio workstations into an education curriculum. The book contains an overview of a great piece of music software called Mixcraft and includes lesson plans for making remixes, podcasts, film scores, and about a dozen other creative creations. Educators can download the book here along with supplementary materials (i.e., templates for making music and sample projects).

What does a Yamaha CS-40m sound like?

25 Nov

What sounds can you make with a Yamaha CS-40m analog synthesizer? Here is a collection of custom patches that I programmed into my Yamaha CS-40m. The demo includes basses, leads, sound effects, and more. I recorded these patches dry into Ableton Live. No effects processing was done. All parts were played by myself.