Kyle Mountain

Hi There!

I write acoustic and electronic music with plenty of time signatures and a healthy dose of nostalgia.

I teach Composition and Entrepreneurship at the Challey School of Music at North Dakota State University, and I run the composition program at Valley City State University.

I also run the musical workshop NoteForge, which publishes music, produces apps like Liszt, and generally makes sound happen.

My research interests involve composition pedagogy, the creative process, and the intersection between electronic music and cloud computing.

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On booking travel to music conferences

02/05/2020 06:38 AM

This post is primarily for my students, the ones in Music Entrepreneurship who do a similar project. This evening, I finally booked my travel to SEAMUS 2020 at the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. In all honesty, I was procrastinating putting together this week’s Comp II masterclass, but regardless it needed […]

Irons in the Fire

01/30/2020 04:44 AM

As the semester started, I hoped that things would be calmer than the fall, and thankfully in most ways they are. In some ways, however, there’s more work. Here’s a list of some of the things on my radar this spring, some moving into next fall and further. At NDSU: I’m part of the College […]

On Music Entrepreneurship – 7

01/29/2020 05:34 AM

(Continued) Perhaps all of this talk about our students knowing how to do something is moot–after all, I’ve heard the argument that “our students learn what they need to despite what we teach them,” and this is largely true. Most musicians I know (myself included) haven’t had much in terms of entrepreneurship training, and yet […]

Why the Clarinet Choir piece isn’t done yet.

01/28/2020 05:45 AM

I’m writing a piece for the NDSU Clarinet Choir, which they’ll perform at ClarinetFest 2020 in Reno, Nevada. Well, I mean, I’m not actually writing it this very minute, I’m writing this blog post. But I have been writing it. Except when I haven’t been. Which has been a lot. This post isn’t so much […]

Index Cards

01/25/2020 05:19 AM

All throughout my college career and the beginning of my teaching career, I never had a good system for keeping track of research–after all, my experience was in composing instead of research. Within the past couple of years, I’ve finally figured out a system that works for me: Index cards. As I read through books, […]

On Music Entrepreneurship (6)

01/24/2020 05:32 AM

(Continued) Back to music projects. Some of the things we do in the music curriculum are essential operational knowledge, such as theory, history, and aural skills. While we can (and often do) put together projects as assignments, the importance is primarily the underlying knowledge, not the “how to” part. Working musicians need theoretical, aural, and […]

Smoke Bombs

01/23/2020 04:16 AM

One of the things that I like about my job (and I mentioned this earlier) is that I get to have ideas that other people don’t, by virtue of being a composer in a music department. Since most of my job is creating things, I get to think about things in a different way. Often […]

On Music Entrepreneurship – 5

01/22/2020 04:19 AM

(Continued) I never had the chance to take a music entrepreneurship class or a music business class in college. Drury was too small, and Oklahoma at the time wasn’t interested in such things. And with a school the size of OU, there’s a diversity of thought, and unfortunately a fair amount of thought I saw […]

First Faculty Recital

01/21/2020 03:45 AM

After two and a half years, I’m finally giving my first faculty recital at NDSU, featuring all music written in North Dakota. The planned program is: The Notes Between The Notes – My song cycle featuring poems by Jamie Parsley. Michelle Gelinske (who premiered the cycle nearly a year ago) wasn’t able to perform in […]

On Music Entrepreneurship – 4

01/18/2020 04:27 AM

(Continued) I don’t want to give the impression that we should blow up the music curriculum. There’s a lot we have to go through in not a lot of time.   Some of the things we have to address in the music curriculum: Grammar and/or Math (Music Theory), Fluency (Aural Skills), History (Musicology), Individual Technical and […]