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Category Archives: Listening

Trumpet Clouds


A beautiful performance of Craig Shepard‘s Trumpet Clouds for 14 trumpets last Thursday in Madison Square Park, presented at the opening of Erwin Redl’s light sculpture “WhiteOut.” The performance unfolded over the course of an hour, as the performers moved through the park in various choreographed formations, brilliantly projecting the composer’s haunting score. It was […]

Bottoms Up


I probably shouldn’t be doing this, but I just have to share this audio clip from Iggy Pop‘s BBC6 radio show last Friday. For the last few weeks he has been playing short excerpts from Pauline Oliveros‘ electronic composition “Bottoms Up”, and this week he just went off about it, in a good way!  Check […]

Satellite Canons


Satellite Canons for brass sextet, 2014 Written specifically for this Music for Contemplation concert (11/1/14) featuring Affinity Brass, Satellite Canons is a six-part un-coordinated, un-conducted canon. Each part is played independently of one another, with each player using a silent metronome set to a unique tempo. The material for each player is simple and repetitive, and […]

80s DC


WMUC DC Set 1986 by Danjoseph on Mixcloud   During the summer of 1986 I hosted a weekly radio show on WMUC, the radio station of the University of Maryland, College Park.  I wasn't a student there, but my friend Dave McDuff was the station manager and during the summer there was a chronic shortage […]

Plastic Ono Band


Recently I have been obsessed with Yoko Ono and her Plastic Ono Band. I was of course already aware of Ono and the Plastic Ono Band project for years and even own one of the early albums. But I never took any of it seriously. Not until earlier this week when, on the occasion of […]


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