Thoughts, reflections, and obsessions of a composer of contemporary classical music who is also a karate practitioner and for whom the two are closely related.

August 24, 2017

I suffer from pitch distortion. I am not sure if it is divergence between my two ears, or divergence between different instruments (i.e., different overtone spectra) and/or octaves.

For me, stri...

August 21, 2017

Yesterday I read a fine, 3-part analysis of Floyd Mayweather's boxing techniques. One of my takeaways was how managing his opponent's expectations is fundamental to his approach. Expectation ma...

August 21, 2017

My trio entitled Lines, Hockets, and Riffs was recorded by the Trio Casals at the Rose Recital Hall in Philadelphia on July 3. I just completed my comments on the 2nd round of edits and sent th...

August 5, 2017

Is what I'm hearing what it actually sounds like?

That's the question that haunts a composer who does not hear well.

In my case, it's not just volume. My hearing loss includes pitch distortion,...

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