"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture"
(i.e. worthwhile and to be encouraged)

Below some of the academic papers that have resulted from my work, as well as a smattering of less formal pieces of writing.


Clockblocks: A Pure-Python Library for Controlling Musical Time, published in Proceedings of the 2019 International Computer Music Conference, (New York, New York, USA), 2019.

Composing (with) Interfaces: Analog and Digital Feedback Loops and the Compositional Process, thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for PhD in Music Composition, UC Santa Barbara, 81 pp.

SCAMP: Suite for Computer Assisted Music in Python, unpublished thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Science degree in Media Arts and Technology, UC Santa Barbara, 50 pp.

Other Writings

"Spectral Melody Decomposition" is a description of a analytic/compositional process that I've been playing with. It centers around applying Fourier analysis not to direct sound waves, but to abstract musical parameters like pitch and dynamic contour.

"The Dual Nature of Nature" is an analysis that I wrote of the seventh movement of Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony. The process of writing this paper also prompted me to create my "Harmonic Visualizer" computer program.