I’ve been very busy in Holland, composing like crazy. Several pieces recently finished for various projects. I’ve updated various pages on the site to reflect more currrent information and hope to give more details as soon as possible. Stay tuned!

I’ve now officially completed my Master’s degree at UC San Diego. The last two years have been a lot of fun, educational, eventful… also really busy! I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds. I’ve taken a major professional challenge for the short term by deciding against pursing a doctoral degree, at least immediately. Several plans are in the works, as well as projects stretching into 2008 and beyond. One of these is that I will be participating in the Domaine Forget Academy’s professional development session in Quebec this summer, from 12–25 August. More details on other projects as they become available.

Recently I had a discussion with someone at a concert, about whether or not it was good to fall asleep during a performance. She said that, although she enjoyed the piece that had just been played, she was disappointed that it had been programmed so late in the concert, because it made her feel sleepy. So I asked her why that was a bad thing. Read on ››

The genre of outsider music is problematic in many respects. Unlike its art brut or naïve art cousins in the visual realm, it is difficult to come up with a specific categorization of outsiderness in music. Once we begin an attempt at such a definition, philosophical questions about consciousness and the nature of art complicate the issue. Therefore, I address the question of whether or not outsider music should be considered a genre at all, or if more specific descriptors for this music might be more useful. Read on ››

There is surprisingly little musicological literature devoted to the subject of nostalgia, especially considering how widely it is used by musicologists in their writing. In this paper, I deal with the question of nostalgia as a discursive tool, and especially with the ways that it can be used as a literary authority. Read on ››