Kyle Vanderburg is an emerging composer of finely-crafted acoustic and electronic music. He also runs the musical workshop NoteForge, which produces apps like Liszt.

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Creativity November 2018: Finger Cymbals

11/27/2018 03:59 PM

It’s November, National Novel Writing Month, which means it’s time for another tape piece!* *For some of you this might seem to be a non-sequitur, so let me explain. While I was in Norman, our group would have a creativity pact every November. Walter (writer of some of my best program notes) would participate in […]

Every Version of Pipe Dreams Ever

10/22/2018 02:29 AM

Last week, Pipe Dreams–a piece I started writing in 2009, received its second premiere, this time by the NDSU Wind Symphony.  Second premiere? Am I even allowed to do that? Well, I did.  Pipe Dreams started out as the last thing I’d write as an undergrad, and the first thing I’d work on as a […]

Opportunities for Personal Growth

09/19/2018 01:25 PM

My parents and I watch a lot of procedural crime dramas. Law and Orders of all varieties, NCIS, CSI, The Closer, and recently CK and I discovered Crossing Lines on Netflix. But my parents are obsessed with Criminal Minds. It’s basically all they watch. They’re either watching Criminal Minds or going to Menards. In episode […]

The Massive 2018 Summer Update

09/01/2018 10:46 PM

CK and I agreed that we wouldn’t travel much this summer. Maybe a conference, visit some family, but no 25-state road trip and no taking 300 high schoolers to Europe. That idea was short lived, because here’s what we ended up doing: I’m going to paste a bunch of pictures, since I couldn’t do that […]

New program note for Earmarks

07/02/2018 03:29 PM

Earmarks was commissioned by the Boreas Ensemble at North Dakota State University, and despite my best efforts, it took on a vaguely political theme. In the early stages of writing this piece, I shared online the idea of writing a work for piano, clarinet, and saxophone where the piano played for as long as the […]

Hello wordpress!

05/31/2018 03:57 AM

When I started blogging like nine years ago, I started a blog with WordPress. As I built Liszt up and tried to do everything in-house, I moved the entire blog to Liszt. After working to streamline Liszt as much as possible, there’s not much need for a blog function. And also Liszt didn’t have fantastic […]

Earmarks III: Swing State

05/22/2018 05:47 PM

Earmarks Mvmt I: Echo Chamber

05/04/2018 05:06 PM


02/01/2018 07:32 PM

Late last year, I launched OpenKyle, which was an experiment based on Austin Kleon's Show Your Work. It was a lot of fun, and it kept me motivated to push updates every day to YouTube while I worked on a saxophone and tape piece titled Austerity. And then, I moved to the tape piece The Earth Shall […]

Tempest in a Teakettle selected for SEAMUS

12/05/2017 03:19 PM

University of Oregon  School of Music December 4, 2017 Kyle Vanderburg =email omitted= Submission number: omitted Thank you for your submission to the SEAMUS 2018 National Conference at the University of Oregon.  Congratulations, Tempest in a Teakettle has been accepted for presentation at the conference.  Installations will be presented during the course of the conference […]