So today I read in the Globe and Mail that scientists are increasingly finding biological and genetic support for the age-old adages of love (Siri Agrell, “Sluts and Vermin”, The Globe and Mail, 26 Apr 2007, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070426.wxlsexstudies26/BNStory/lifeFamily/home).

For example, female mice who play hard to get tend to inspire faithfulness in their mates, as opposed to those who put out right away. There seems to be a biological reason why women that are unavailable are more desirable, and this builds faithfulness in men. Interesting. Read on ››

I’ve posted a couple of blog entries on my MySpace page, having to do with the philosophy of music. One deals with the value of music in society today, the other with the ecological effects of music, and how the energy crisis will change the sound of our music. On a similar note, I intend eventually to post some of my Master’s portfolio papers here, which deal with related topics, once I’ve finished my degree this summer. Stay tuned.

I’ve thought a lot lately about the effect that sound, and particularly music, has on our environment. This is what people frequently call Ecomusicology, though I’m not crazy about that term.

Basically, do we have a right to make noise? How must it feel for a bird living on my street? Does it enjoy (or notice) the sounds of cars, airplanes, people playing soccer in the park across the street? Maybe the bird doesn’t but the squirrel might. Read on ››

This is an issue I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Can we actually justify saying one kind of music is better than any other, or that one piece is better than another? Read on ››

Now that the Arditti residency is over and I have finished the numerous grants/applications/papers that were due over the course of Feb, I have made some long-overdue updates. Cleaned up my MySpace page too. I’ll post some new recordings there over the next couple of months. More information to come on various projects in the works.