Loyola MIS Forum on Genre

The Music Industry Studies Program at Loyola University New Orleans (where I teach) has a weekly forum with all of our students. A couple of months ago our guest speaker was ill, so I put together a discussion on ideas around genre. There is video evidence. The talk starts about 10:30 in, after the student announcements.

Comparing Artists To Start-Ups Lazy, Unhealthy, Beside The Point. – hypebot

Comparing Artists To Start-Ups Lazy, Unhealthy, Beside The Point. – hypebot: “Comparing artists to start-ups is a trend that has emerged this last couple of years as music and tech became ever more increasingly tied and the latter churned out its daily dose of spectacular stories and unicorns. When a particular field is successful, it would be a shame not to try to find some key take aways and apply them to an ecosystem like music where everything has been challenged and turned upside down these last 15 years or so.”

Contemplation on A City That You Love So Much

This post hosts documentation of my piece “Contemplation on A City That You Love So Much.” This preliminary video will be replaced with the finished documentation once it is available.

“Contemplation…” is a composition for “Songs of Home Songs of Change” which is a sound art installation consisting of a sonified map of New Orleans with brass instrument highway system, and field recordings by New Orleans high school students.

Composition, keyboards, and brass by Jeffrey Albert
Brass by Hannah Benson-Kreiger and Jebney Lewis

Songs of Home Songs of Change by Jebney Lewis, Rick Snow, and Chris Staudinger
Video by Brent Joseph

Program Notes for “Contemplation on A City That You Love So Much”

When I was invited to compose for “Songs of Home Songs of Change,” I had a chance to see it in installation mode. Even though the piece is about the ideas of home and change, seeing the map of New Orleans in this form and thinking about change immediately brought my mind to New Orleans since August 2005. Painful destruction can lead to positive change, and I tend to be an optimist, so this piece trends towards optimism. These sounds are meant to provide a sonic basis for contemplation, not necessarily to guide the listener to a particular conclusion or thought. Allow these sounds to encourage your contemplation of a place you love.

Follow this link for some background on “Songs of Home Songs of Change.”

Link to youtube video.



Make a Leap Beyond the Accepted Paradigm

“Inventiveness and innovation require intelligence, but beyond intelligence they entail imagination, that is, the mental agility to make a leap beyond the accepted paradigm to another and to see the relationship between them that has escaped others. Training in the humanities is a training, if all goes well, in exploring “the other” and seeing how it relates to the known—an exercise in imagination. The cultivation of this skill is certainly not exclusive to the humanities, but they are especially apt for it. ” – John W. O’Malley S.J.