A preliminary programme is up for the AMS/SMT joint conference in San Antonio in November here.
Melvin Backstrom and I are scheduled to present our analysis of the Grateful Dead’s “Blues for Allah” on Thursday, Nov 1, in an SMT panel titled “Floyd and the Dead” (!), chaired by John Covach (!!).
The authors of the programme seemed to have shifted both of our locations one major city to the east, however, placing Melvin in Quebec City and myself in Montreal.
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I just recently found some reviews from February of this year. Surprisingly, Owen Maxwell of Ottawa Life Magazine positively reviewed the 1996 tape by my teenage screamo/lo-fi/noise-rock band the Skies Beg to Differ as a new release.
Kevin Jagernauth’s summary: Well, it took 22 years, but the first thing I ever recorded and released into the world — The Skies Beg To Differ debut album — has finally been reviewed, somehow, as a new release (thanks Bandcamp algorithms I guess?).
As you might guess by the name, we were very Earnest and had Feelings and quite an unruly amalgam of influences.
The first out of town show I ever played was with these dudes, in Pembroke. My Dad drove us. Jeff Miller (who was the lead vocalist, not me, as it suggests in this review) wonderfully recounts the jaunt in his book “Ghost Pine.”
Mostly, I’m pretty pleased to read something I’ve played on described with the words “guttural blues-scream.”
Also, Jonathan Blumhofer of Arts Fuse reviewed the Hub New Music concert from Clark. He was not entirely convinced by my piece Songs of Friction but I appreciate that he listened closely and critically.
I just received word from Ottawa New Music Creators that I was selected to compose a piece for an upcoming concert by the Cowan-Cicchillitti Guitar Duo. The concert will take place on October 13 at a location that has yet to be determined.
A lot of students are saving their work for release on their own pages or via other services but I’m proud to share two pieces from Dylan Tovey’s MUSC270 (Senior Computer Music Tutorial) portfolio:
From MUSC142 (Recording Practice and Audio Art), Ethan Moncur’s “Don’t Talk”:
I put together this short Youtube playlist of my guitar/laptop performances from Ottawa and Edmonton in Spring 2018.
Here is the proposal that Melvin Backstrom and I submitted to the Society for Music Theory that was accepted for the November conference in San Antonio – “The Grateful Dead’s ‘Blues for Allah’: Syncretic Composition in Mid-1970s Rock Music”. This includes the abstract and supplementary diagrams.
Video of my composition Needing Space for 10-string classical guitar, performed by Julian Bertino in his Master’s Recital at University of Ottawa (Apr 27, 2018):
Videos of my MusCan performance can be seen here:
Broken Refraction at -36:45 (36:45 left in the video)
Randomly at -20:45
S(h)immer at -12:35