In Memoriam David Macbride


The world lost a great man on Friday morning. Dr. David Macbride, music composition and theory professor at The Hartt School, but more importantly a great human, has left us.

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John Wiggins – String II


"STRING II was made with “real” sounds - sounds that I recorded both in my studio and in the field. I used only the oddest bits of these recordings to go ahead and represent something else. Something that EVERYONE hears differently - its interpretation is up for grabs. I feel that’s important."

Steven Maheu’s Elements of Creative Force – Part 5


Hi All, Here is another image from Steven Maheu's Elements of Creative Force.  This explains how different elements can be contrasting or complementary to one another. We use the relationships between each number and another number to define if the two numbers are contrasting, or complementary.  This only applies when using the same color.  (We …

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Steven Maheu’s Elements of Creative Force – Part 4


Before we proceed with this post, it is worth noting that there have been some small changes in Steven Maheu's main Elements of Creative Force document.  The updated document can be found here: Today's post is going to be short on my end, because Steven has devised an exercise for you to try, using the …

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Steven Maheu’s Elements of Creative Force – Part 3


This next post will finish explaining the basic notational elements in Steven Maheu's Elements of Creative Force.  We will then get into exercises to practice the application of these tools.  By the way, if you are interested in the visual elements driving this vein of notation, check out Steven's visual art on Facebook. We already …

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Steven Maheu’s Elements of Creative Force – Part 2


This next post features the overarching framework and processes involved in Steven Maheu's conceptualization of music and the process of composition.  Future posts will include exercises in this method, to "feed off" this large concept. To begin, please review this image: To begin, we see 3 primary dimensions: Mechanics (mechanical progressions) are the "matter/physics" in …

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Steven Maheu – Elements of Creative Force


Steven Maheu, a composer currently based in my home state, reached out to me about an idea he has, for realizing, documenting, and hearing creative ideas: "I felt you may be interested in a type of toolbox I had created for music and art.  It has roots in an old ballet notation that has wide …

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Sight Reading Exercises for Guitarists – Book


Book available for purchase here Sight Reading Exercises for Guitarists The goal of this book is to provide a large volume of exercises that guitar teachers can use to help students gain facility with reading music. This book is not intended to teach sight reading. It is only meant to make a guitar teacher's job …

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