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Long story short, lots going on. And this is just my available-to-the-public stuff. (If you want to see private things about me, you'll have to do a web search or visit the NSA "Do-tell-me-more-about..." web site.)
Tessèreaction (described below), an on-line sound and image generator.by, and proud of, my Vox Spectra experience outlined below. It was a lot of work to put together, but now it's a lot of fun--for me and for my audiences. Besides my performing, I'm also teaching a lot of students. You can try your hand at making--for want of a better word--music with
, listen to some tunes. Stay as long as you like. Here! Have a plate of virtual cookies! (Personally, I'm trying to cut my "cookie intake" way down. Wish me luck!)
I do private instruction on Piano, Guitar, Drums, Clarinet, Saxophone; I also direct pop music ensembles (rock bands). If your family lives around Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Libertyville, Vernon Hills, Buffalo Grove, or Highwood, you're in my area.
I have released a collection of twenty(!) childrens' songs (well, the whole family is welcome to listen in, including dogs and most cats). They're free to listen to on my site.
Of course I have links to my original music on my web site. Don't you on yours?
My first collection of jazz originals is available here. Some of the pieces are straight-ahead jazzy, some are, um, crossovers. (Crossing. Get it?) Where are they crossing over to? you ask. Give 'em a listen and tell me what your thoughts are on that subject.
A visual sound experiment, inspired by some of my Vox Spectra work.
I modified one of my Vox Spectra performances to run on on-line, and you (yes you!) get to try it out. It's a "flash" program, so if you have Adobe Flash installed on your device, have at it.
Different results every time you mess with it.
Note: This on-line experience is in "beta" mode, it is still being tested and refined. Your comments on its specific behavior--as well as your general impressions and suggestions for improvement--would be, as they say, greatly appreciated. Feel free to contact me (link up top on the left).
No less than the Wall Street Journal recently published an article (October 10th) that summarizes the latest research into the notion that children who actively participate in music-making are, well, just plain smarter and become better students. The article also mentions that, somewhere in passing, that making music is just plain fun, so music study is sort of a win-win scenario.
This article, on the web site dottedmusic.com is called Benefits of Classical Music Training although I think it would be more appropriate to call it Formal Music Training. Whatever. In any case, here are some points to consider about what methodology to use when learning how to play a musical instrument. (And your own voice counts as a musical instrument--what is more musical than us humans!)