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New Camera and Boiling Water

Lauren and I recently gifted ourselves (for our 6th anniversary) a Nikon D3100 DSLR camera, which I have to say is a pretty remarkable piece of equipment, based on my limited experience (1 month and 11 days, as of this post). Besides taking great pictures Рa good quality for any camera to possess Рit also takes full HD 1080p video. It is this feature that I, while admittedly on a lot of pain meds for my back, was inspired to use while we were boiling water for what turned out to be pretty amazing homemade eggplant lasagna, using eggplants and tomatoes given to us by our next door neighbors from their epic garden. Lauren of course made the mistake of pointing out to me how cool the boiling water looked in the particular pot we were using, at which point I of course grabbed the camera and commandeered the pot for 5 minutes or so, while she was waiting to, you know, cook pasta.

Anyways, the resulting video, to my very untrained eye, looked quite cool, experimental, and edgy. I’m sure to any actual video artist, it looks like some hack grabbed a camera and taped water boiling. And they was right. I then decided it would go particularly well with a percussion quartet piece I wrote earlier in the year, performed by the Talujon Percussion Group. So I opened iMovie for like the second time ever, and with my cunning expertise, assembled the following product (there are even titles and credits and fade outs and things, which is cool):

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League of Composers/ISCM Award!

This week I received the exciting news that my piece¬†Self, Analyzed (2010) for flute, bass clarinet, percussion, guitar, and toy piano was the winner of the 2012 League of Composers/ISCM Composers’ Competition! This is a national award, with over a hundred applicants each year, and only one (or sometimes two) annual winner(s), so it’s pretty big news! I’m both honored and humbled to receive this award, especially since it means a New York performance of the work sometime in the 2013-14 or 2014-15 concert season. Seems this piece has become my “ringer” as of late. I guess at some point I’ll have to write something else that measures up (or that again uses toy piano, haha).

Below is a recording of the work, performed by the incomparable East Coast Contemporary Ensemble (ECCE) at the Fenway Center in Boston on May 3, 2011:


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