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09 October 2017

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Why Are We Afraid of Silence?

Photo by Dawid Huczyński Although I mostly speak for myself, after working with many students over the years I know […]

31 August 2015

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Seven Major Moments

photo by Niklas Morberg An interesting rule-of-thumb I read about in an interview with a composer was to try to […]

06 August 2012

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SCOREcast: How to Create Tension with Climbing Scales

My latest article for SCOREcast Online has been released: How to Create Tension with Climbing Scales “Among the many primary […]

23 July 2012

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What James Horner’s Score to Braveheart Teaches Us

My newest and currently favorite article for ComposerFocus.com has been published online: What James Horner’s Score to Braveheart Teaches Us […]

02 November 2011

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Towards a New Theory of Music

In my opinion, “music theory” is a misnomer. Music theory courses and books are really referring to a theory of […]

28 September 2011

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“What do I do next?”

An aspect of composition that I’m currently fascinated with is development. How do you turn a simple idea into an […]

18 October 2010

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ComposerFocus: Reharmonization: Diatonic Chord Substitution

My newest article for ComposerFocus.com has been published online: Reharmonization: Diatonic Chord Substitution Composer Focus is a new site dedicated […]

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