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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Mind & Machine Vol. 3 Cover
Creatures from the Black Bassoon released on Mind & Machine Vol 3.
MIND & MACHINE VOL THREE offers a new look into the Ravello Records series of electro-acoustic and electronic music lauded by critics as “interesting and captivating” (Cinemusical). This latest edition features an array of composers and sound-artists who offer his or her own striking exploration into the means by which technology can be used to alter time and form to create entirely new musical experiences.

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Recent Works

Kyle Vanderburg

2021

Winter 2021

Shindig

Horn Choir

Kyle Vanderburg

2020

Winter 2020

Metanoia

Concert Band

Kyle Vanderburg

2020

Spring 2020

One Sows for the Benefit of Another Age

Orchestra

Kyle Vanderburg

2020

Winter 2020

Thaw

Clarinet Choir



News

The teacher becomes the student.

04/10/2021 10:53 PM

The more I’ve composed, and the more I’ve taught music, the more I realize that there’s just so much interesting stuff out there to learn, a lot of which intersects with music composition. Psychology of creativity, business administration, critical theory, aesthetics, higher education administration–these are all things that sound terribly interesting. Cassie’s work at NDSU […]

New Login system for Liszt

01/26/2021 10:38 PM

When I first built Liszt, it required (logically) that users have a username and password. Well, more correctly, it required that I have a username and password, since I was the only one using it. As it grew and I got better at programming, I kept slightly upgrading the credential process and permissions system–the last […]

Nonsense Teaching: Due Dates

01/06/2021 04:04 PM

I did a lot of nonsense teaching things last semester. Or rather, things that seem like nonsense, but that are grounded in my composition/creative and programmer/system-building tendencies. Some of these things worked. Probably the last part of a 3-part series that I thought I’d forget about but somehow didn’t.Part 1: Late Work PassesPart 2: Choose-your-own-adventure […]

Nonsense Teaching: Autonomy Curriculum

12/31/2020 01:12 AM

I did a lot of nonsense teaching things last semester. Or rather, things that seem like nonsense, but that are grounded in my composition/creative and programmer/system-building tendencies. Some of these things worked. This is part 2 in a multi-part series I have thus far not forgotten about. (part 1: Late Work Passes) MUSC 385: Music […]

Nonsense Teaching: Late Work Passes

12/18/2020 03:48 PM

I did a lot of nonsense teaching things this semester. Or rather, things that seem like nonsense, but that are grounded in my composition/creative and programmer/system-building tendencies. Some of these things worked. Part 1 in a multi-part series I will probably forget to update in about January. I hate late work, but I’m no good […]

New Program Notes for Thaw, and Joyride (Finally)

08/25/2020 02:51 PM

Thaw was set to receive its premiere this summer at Clarinetfest(r) in Reno, but that’s been postponed for obvious reasons. Which has given me the opportunity to finally write its program note: I wrote Thaw during my third winter in Fargo, and it was an act of optimism, because spring hadn’t hinted its arrival when […]

New Program Notes for One Sows, Creatures

06/23/2020 03:51 PM

Program note for One Sows for the Benefit of Another Age, which is new this summer: I started writing what would become One Sows for the Benefit of Another Age in 2013, as I was sketching ideas for what became a piano trio. I liked what I had created, but two things became evident: The […]

Some assorted thoughts about working from home the last half of the semester

05/07/2020 02:43 AM

In no particular order We had like a thousand high school students in the music building at NDSU right before spring break. I had just flown in from Nashville at the beginning of March. Knowing what we know now, that’s kind of terrifying. We had a pretty good warning that classes would move online, and […]

Earmarks named finalist in The American Prize

04/06/2020 03:41 AM

Earmarks has moved from the semifinalist stage of the Chamber Music division of The American Prize to the finalist stage: Read more here: http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2020/04/finalist-composers-instrumental-chamber.html

Inertia

04/02/2020 03:05 PM

I spent the beginning of the year planning to write a small blog post every day. Well, at least every weekday. I had a backlog of blog ideas, and I posted one every day. Trying to channel my inner Seth Godin. And then I got to January 29. What happened on January 29 was that […]