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1. If you could be an active composer in any other time period, when and why?
Classical period: because it's "classic". I feel that I can do good with the music in this period regarding my personality; conservative, following rules, but creative.
3. Would you rather…Watch a volcano erupt or witness a meteor striking the Earth?
Meteor striking the Earth
4. You’re trapped on an island. There is one electrical outlet connected to a boombox from 1992. When you were stranded here you only had time to save one cassette out of collection of singles. What is the one pop song you will listen to for the rest of your life?
Tori Amos-Silent all these years
5. Who are 3 composers from the past -AND- 3 of your own generation whose music you respect, enjoy, inspires you, etc…
Past: Toru Takemitsu, George Crumb, Igor Stravinsky
Present: Paul Richards, Suk-Jun Kim, Joe Hisaishi
Hyang (incense) (2008) is for flute, Bb clarinet, vibraphone, harp, and piano.
I really enjoy the control of color in this piece. Register and tone are used very effectively to project a morphing sound world. The delicate moments in the middle section are very nice.
A funny thing happened while I was listening to this piece. I opened up another tab to find out the instrumentation as I was listening. And apparently that was on autoplay. So I was listening to the piece and then the piece again on about a 1-minute delay. And I kind of liked it! I then of course went back and listened again for real. My opinions of the piece did not change at all. I still really enjoyed the "less dense" original version and thought color was the main factor drawing me to the piece. Well done.
Maze of Mirrors (2005) is for flute, Bb clarinet, and piano
I really dig the opening of the piece. I wish it lasted longer. The grittiness around the 1:30 mark is great! I am usually a fan of microtones but, they didn't really add much to the piece for me in the middle section. I think their use in the beginning and ending is really nice. The unison ending doesn't seem like it fits the character of the piece as a whole. I'm always very interested in endings because they are so difficult for me to write. I am never convinced until I've written about 4 different endings. And then my wife ultimately says, "That's the one" or "try again."