Research and Writing

‘Musical Gesture’ in Analysis: Gesture-Class as a formal structure

I conducted my thesis work for an MFA in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology, at the University of California, Irvine. My thesis topic centered around the use of gesture as a structural musical element and incorporated fully composed music, improvised music, and interactive computer systems.

The results of this research can be seen in my thesis paper and MFA recital

Paper: ‘Musical Gesture’ in Analysis: Gesture-Class as a formal structure

Recital: E-Motions (what about gesture?)

 

A New Stream Of Discourse: Case Studies into Critical Analyses of Cecil Taylor’s Music

In general, there is a lack of in-depth theoretical discussion of many types of music that don’t fit into the traditional academic canons of discourse. When the academy takes on a form of music as being a serious topic of study, there are, of course, cultural ramifications. This paper addresses some of these issues and their potential implications.

Paper: A New Stream Of Discourse: Case Studies into Critical Analyses of Cecil Taylor’s Music

 

Perspectives on Public Enemy

As there is not a history of much critical analysis of hip-hop and rap music, it can be difficult to apply standard methods of academic discourse to this subject matter. This paper is a brief, but ultimately superficial attempt to provide a musical and textual analysis of the seminal Public Enemy song, Fight the Power.

Paper: Perspectives on Public Enemy

 

Playing the Network

This paper examines various ways that computer networks have been used as musical interfaces, environments, and even instruments themselves. Drawing on several internet-based musical projects, Playing the Network, provides a brief analysis of possible implications and applications of computer networks as creative spaces.

Paper: Playing the Network

 

 

 

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