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Updates to Composition pages

I hadn't realized that my clarinet and live electronics work Crosswinds took as much out of me as it did, and once I got that one performance-ready, I took a short moratorium on more writing. Instead, I did some website housekeeping, and introduced some substantial upgrades. Overall, I added some breadcrumb menus, like the one you see above, for better navigation through the entire site. With a few exceptions, they now appear everywhere.

Most of my work went into the Composition pages, starting with a revised color scheme for the complete catalog. I'm not sure that I'll keep it, but I think it's an improvement. Within each individual composition page there are some changes that I find pretty cool. The components of the page (program note, media, performances) have larger headers and an icon now, and some improved display logic only shows components that have content. For example, there is a new Awards component that appears if a work has been granted an award.

There's also a new Perusal Score component, which embeds an Issuu document, allowing you to see the score as printed. The Buying Options component now allows for some cleaner buying options, and I'm in the process of adding a bunch of never-before-available offers. I've started using a new score distribution system, and I'm excited to try it out. But one of my favorite parts of the new composition page is that it now includes an in-page menu that links to the various components. This menu travels with page scrolling, and highlights where you are in the page. Also, now all the embedded bandcamp plugins match. Let me know what you think!

Reverie of Solitude selected for New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival

I'm pleased to announce that my new tape piece, Reverie of Solitude, has been accepted for the 2015 NYCEMF! Details below.

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Congratulations!

I am writing to inform you that your submission below has been accepted for performance at the 2015 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. The information we have for your piece is as follows:

ID-266 Reverie of Solitude duration 10:00 2-channel fixed media

The festival will take place June 22-28, 2015 at the Abrons Arts Center in New York City. Concert schedules are being worked out now. The program will be posted to our web site, www.nycemf.org, as soon as it is ready.

NYCEMF will provide a sound system, microphones, cables, and a computer for fixed media playback. All other equipment required for live pieces (computer, audio interface, specialized MIDI/USB peripherals, etc.) will need to be provided by the composer. Speakers locations in our playback spaces will be fixed and cannot be moved between concerts to accommodate alternative schemes.

We look forward to seeing you in June!