Statement of Purpose

This is a blog devoted to my musical endeavors. I intend to have a separate blog devoted to issues in librarianship.

I am a trained classical saxophonist; however, my musical background also includes jazz and pop idioms on a variety of woodwinds and keyboards. In the music I make now, I combine these idioms to create a style of music that could be called ‘minimal pop.’ I think pop music has a lot more in common with modern classical music than it may seem at first glance. Minimalism often features repeated patterns (loops) with shifting sonic textures; pop often has a repeated bass pattern with different instruments adding material in a second verse or the repetition of a chorus. Many artists straddle different forms of music: Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell, Björk, Sufjan Stevens…

I intend to document the process of creating and arranging music as well as the end product. My bedroom studio setup includes:

  • Apple MacBook
  • Apple Logic Studio
  • Zone Mobius looping plug-in
  • Behringer FCB1010 MIDI foot controller
  • AKAI eie Pro audio 96/24 audio interface
  • M-Audio Nova condenser mic
  • M-Audio Keystation 88es MIDI controller
  • Stylophone
  • AKAI Pro LPD8 MIDI pad controller
  • AKAI Pro MPKmini MIDI controller
  • Alto saxophone
  • Soprano saxophone
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Wurlitzer electric piano

I also sing (with some vocal percussion on occasion). Most of my projects involve arranging pop songs, but I am also working on composing original music and perfecting live looping improvisation. I have been learning about music production as I go. I have made 4 albums by now (gifts for friends and family), and each one has raised the bar on production quality. I have learned that performance is only one part of music. You have to also deliver that performance in the best form possible.

I am interested in collaborating with other musicians that have a willingness to experiment with combining sounds in new ways. Drop me a comment or send me a message if you like what you hear, or if you have any suggestions!

Mark

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