Let's start with one right now.
This has been my jam all winter long.
I have five projects in some form of development right now. All of these need to be realistically finished by October 1 or, for one, much, much sooner.
Here are the current projects:
1. Lightning Field - a set of songs on poetry of the same name by Anne Shaw for baritone voice, bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, and possibly electronics. This will be written for loadbang and will be premiered at the Charlotte New Music Festival and Composer's Workshop (of which I will be a participant) during the last two weeks of June. First draft DUE March 31; Final draft DUE April 25.
2. Piece for vibraphone and computer for Stephen Tobin. No specific deadline but I have been writing this thing for the past year and still haven't finished it. I started writing it before I start my dissertation and also wrote some other things in between then and now. The written music is done. All that is left is the Max/MSP patch. But, I'm going to do a lot of things I've never done before so it will be a beast. I have some working titles but nothing I am willing to share at this point.
Now for more cats. An old one but one of my favorites.
3. Piece for violin and percussion for Jacqueline Hsu. Jacqueline and I met through my colleague, Dr. Yen-Ling Annie Liu. She is a brilliant violinist and the piece will be premiered in Taiwan in the fall. I've wanted to write for this duo for some time now. Bryan Christian has an awesome piece called Combination that you should check out.
4. Piece for large chamber ensemble (w.w. quintet, keyboards, harp, percussion, string quintet) commissioned by Dr. Hekun Wu, Dean of the Soochow University School of Music. The instrumentation is similar to the Schoenberg arrangement of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde which will be performed on the same concert.
5. Piece for bass flute, clarinet, and electronics for my colleagues Professor Clara Novakova and Dr. Xiaoting Ma. One of the benefits of working with so many talented artists is just getting to shoot the breeze and projects like this just come up.
Ok, more cats. Finally, right? All that reading just to get to the good stuff.
The point is, I have to make all of these instruments as fool proof as possible. In doing so, I've been making stuff that I will use in the future on my own projects and I've been seeing what else is out there that other people have made. If you are a Max Wizard and have something cool that you wouldn't mind some Chinese kids playing with to make their music - please - send it to me!!!
"Instruments" and effects I am making:
3. Waveshaping (taken straight from the tutorial)
4. Percussive Noise Producer
5. Noise Sweeper
6. Ligeti Cloud Texture
Ok. Thanks for staying with me. For your reward, one more cat video. This is a good one.