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In 2011 I inaugurated a blog called the Interpreter's Forum, where performers of my compositions can meet one another and share their experiences, observations and advice.

scholarly articles and presentations

Sonic Ideas 4:1

"Mathematics, Automation and Intuition in Signals Intelligence for Percussion", in Sonic Ideas 4:1 (2012). Available from CMMAS.

"The Calcuated Groove of Postminimal Percussion." Lecture/Recital with Andrew Bliss, presented at the LIVEWIRE Conference, University of Maryland Baltimore County (October 28-30, 2010). Download PDF with figures (2.1MB).

Reflections on Cross-Cultural Composition, in Arcana II: Musicians on Music, edited by John Zorn, Hips Road/Tzadik, 2007.
In this article, I survey my cross-cultural compositions from 1996-2006 and discuss my relationship to traditional Southeast Asian musics and the evolution of my thinking about methodology, ethics and aesthetics.

Drone Placement and Fingering in Traditional and Contemporary Music for Khaen, The Free-Reed Journal 3 (2002)
In this article, I discuss the traditional fingerings used to play the khaen, and one of my techniques for composing new khaen music by altering fingerings.

Cross-cultural Hybridity in Music Composition: Southeast Asia in three works from America. unpublished, 1998.
This is an unpublished manuscript about cross-cultural hybridity in contemporary musical composition, with analyses of works by Chinary Ung, Michael Tenzer and Evan Ziporyn, written in 1998. The full text, without figures, is available here.

resources for composers

Khaen: The Bamboo Free-Reed Mouth Organ of Laos and Northeast Thailand: Notes for Composers. Download PDF. (Revised, 2009)

reviews

Review of Anthology of World Music: The Music of Laos (Rounder Records, 1999/196?), Asian Music 32, no. 2: 200–203 (2001)
Review of Anthology of World Music: The Music of Laos (Rounder Records, 1999/196?), The Classical Free-Reed, Inc. (April 12, 2000)
These are reviews of the Rounder Records re-release of a CD of Lao music. The review in Asian Music is more extensive and detailed, whereas the web review focuses on the khaen.

brief articles and varia

An introduction to the khaen, for the Center for World Music in San Diego, 2015.

A brief contribution to Exploring Music & Spirituality, 2009. Download PDF.

This is a letter which I sent to National Public Radio's Weekend Edition critiquing a piece on techno music, portions of which were read over the air in August, 2002.

This article discusses an older composition for the Chinese free-reed mouth organ sheng.
"wind-chime, a Hybrid Composition for Sheng", Music from China Newsletter 7, no. 1: 8–10 (Spring–Summer, 1998)

 

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