Kyle Mountain

Hi There!

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

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

I also teach Composition and Entrepreneurship at the Challey School of Music at North Dakota State University.

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

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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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We’re starting a composition program at NDSU

10/04/2021 02:26 PM

I had some writer’s block earlier this year. After completing Shindig for horn choir, I flailed a lot from about March to August. I think part of it was the workload from taking classes and teaching a full load across two campuses. But another part of it was that I spent mid-to-late part of the […]

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 […]