In 1974, as a composition student at Oberlin Conservatory, I wrote three songs for “The Donner Party: Its Crossing,” developed and performed by the company Kraken, and directed by Herbert Blau. The words were by Stuart Friebert and Herbert Blau. I posted the program here, and finally got round to revising and recopying the songs. […]
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October 30th, 2016 · 1 Comment
July 27th, 2015 · No Comments
Here’s another excerpt from The Doug Skinner Dossier (see last post). It’s the first bit of “Trevor’s New Job.” TREVOR’S NEW JOB “I didn’t think I’d need a job in the afterlife,” said Trevor. Mr. Wallingford smirked at him from across his desk. “Didn’t you need a job in life?” he asked. “Well, yes,” said […]
October 13th, 2014 · 5 Comments
I had forgotten about these two short pieces for flute, ‘cello, and piano, written for my composition class at Oberlin Conservatory, back in 1972. They seemed lively enough to keep, so I made a legible copy from the penciled antique.
October 1st, 2014 · No Comments
This melancholy little piece features the Tremoloa, a curious instrument once made by the Manufacturers Advertising Company, which has a single slack string played with a steel bar. On its first performance, I was joined by David Gold on viola, Ralph Hamperian on tuba, and Doug Roesch on guitar.
July 14th, 2014 · 1 Comment
A round about time.
December 5th, 2013 · No Comments
Aleister Crowley used to great carolers by flinging open the door and roaring, “To the lions with them!” This charming holiday tradition inspired the following round.
February 26th, 2013 · No Comments
I often performed this vent bit with Eddie back in the ’90s, including, if memory serves, a couple of TV appearances. Here’s an excerpt:
December 7th, 2012 · No Comments
A short piece for piano, based on diatonic 4-pitch and 7-pitch sets. Here’s the beginning:
November 20th, 2012 · No Comments
In 1996, MTV decided to expand, by starting a second station called M2. A number of bands were commissioned to write jingles using their slogan “24 more.” White Knuckle Sandwich submitted three possibilities (one for each of us), and mine was chosen. The 30 second spot used an elaborate set, a revolving camera, and a […]
September 17th, 2012 · No Comments
“Trash Cash” was another commission from the Tallgirls. I devised a series of interrelated scenes, accompanied by slides of my drawings. The floor was covered in pennies, which sparkled in the light, and crunched underfoot. I costumed the Tallgirls in white minidresses and go-go boots, which they all looked lovely in. There was also a […]