the old professor

October 31, 2012

Took this in my office. It is what it is.

"Academia" - A Ken Burns Film

Me in the office.



taking shape

October 30, 2012

The Rocky Horror research moved forward substantially today – not in actual words written, but in how it needed to be shaped. It looks like I’ll be examining Frank N. Furter as a simulacrum of traditional gender roles. The nice thing is, I can apply the same analysis to the evolution of Brad and Janet over the course of the show. Preliminary research is showing that there are some musical ways to show this, above and beyond the recognized affectations of rock music vis-a-vis tonality as shown in the works of Walt Everett and others. I can still incorporate the “othering” aspect from queer theory, but I’m really thinking the simulacrum is the way to go.

It feels good to pull this back from the brink and salvage the research. The more stuff I can put out there, the better my tenure case.


with Joe Zawinul

October 29, 2012

Stay safe and dry, East Coast Liberal Elitists. We’re not gonna be able to force all those Midwesterners and Southerners to get Muslim interracial married and have gay abortions if you get flooded out.



October 24, 2012

There may be more to this tomorrow, though tomorrow is an insanely long day and I don’t know if I’ll have time to update the blog. (I have been doing better lately!)

I’ve been working on some analyses of The Rocky Horror Show. I was originally going to do it through the prism of queer theory and the “othering” of the aliens vis-a-vis the humans, but it’s looking more and more like a Baudrillardian simulacrum might be the operative model. Of course, this is not new for me, as my work on Susannah used Baudrillard as well.

My fear is that, because I understand the Baudrillardian approach, I’ll try to shoehorn everything I analyze into that. So I ask you, Gentle Reader, to help me keep my focus.

More bulletins as events warrant.


Tuba-Euphonium Tuesday

October 23, 2012

Good news, everyone!

Gonna try a little something. I have a piece for solo euphonium that isn’t really…publishable (most places don’t particularly care for multiphonics). So, I’m going to make it available for download here! A couple of players have expressed interest in performing it, which is nice, but I want it to go far and wide. So, here you go – Euphemera for solo euphonium. It’s a .pdf.


If you happen to program it, drop me a note. This one’s on me.


miniature american flags for others

October 22, 2012

I am celebrating the fact that I’ve lost 9 pounds. I am also watching the last Presidential debate. I feel better about things than I did two weeks ago, but still – this shouldn’t even be close.


on the docket

October 21, 2012

This week, I’ll be starting research on a new and exciting composition project. Bulletins will be issued as events warrant.

Also, I’m going to force myself to do more work on my Rocky Horror paper, even as I no longer think it’s going in the direction I thought it was and thus won’t be submitting it for publication at the originally intended place. I am going to salvage it, though, and make sure it gets out there somewhere.

I think it’s time to get the Susannah paper into a place where it can be published as well. Any and all suggestions as to a good journal for a paper on (American) opera and philosophy are appreciated.