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April Projects Update: Concerts, Saxophones, Transparency

Posted on Monday May 1st, 2017 at 8:23 pm by Kyle Vanderburg

Hey, it's May, and you know what that means. It's time to do a month in Review post for April. It was, overall, quite productive in a lot of ways, so let's dive in.

Cloud Music

Cloud Music for cloud computing and Audience Participation received its first and second performances, with a lot of great feedback and audience participation. There are quite a few improvements to be made, but the two performances served as a really great beta tests of the concept. Between the two performances, about 1600 clouds were launched from cloudmusic.me

Sooner Bassooners

This ensemble is one of the most fun I've played with in a long time. AND we've been accepted for Midwest this December! I've had a blast playing with them, and I'm hoping to write something for them in the very near future.

Improv Ensemble

The newly-relaunched New Century Improv Ensemble had its concert on April 28, with a handful of excellent works by several of our student composer-performers at OU. I played a radio. It was a lot of fun.

Saxophone and Electronics

Oh, the saxophone piece. I'm nearly done! With part of it. The first part to the golden section, or the first 4.5 minutes, minus the electronics, are pretty much in place. The next phase is to dump everything I have so far into Pro Tools to start work on the electronic part, before moving on to the second portion of the piece. Here's what it currently looks like: 

Programming

Liszt development is continuing, with additions to inventory control systems (marching band uniforms!), comments (add a comment to anything within Liszt, including other comments!), file uploads (drag and drop multiple at a time!), and especially the blogging system, allowing me to present…

Transparency

I've been doing a lot of reading and thinking about the creative process recently, and I'll be trying an experiment in making the creative process transparent. You can thank Austin Kleon's Show Your Work for giving me the idea. To that end, I've created a second blog for the site, titled OpenKyle. While the main blog will still be for substantial contributions to human knowledge, OpenKyle will be more along the lines of stream of consciousness. Works in progress, stuff I'm listening to, code snippets, random thoughts, basically all the stuff that goes into creating. It's built on a combination of Liszt and Postmark, with a bit of Microsoft Flow to make it as easy as possible for me to blog. Up in the navigation bar, it'll take the place of "Projects and Research", until I figure out where best to put them.

And that's what's new here. Oh yes, and a bunch of grading.


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