weclome to audientmusic...

This site started off very simply as a way to get my music out into the world.jesus buddha pose When you listen to the music here, you'll understand why I couldn't figure out a way to make a living doing it. So over the years it's gone through sundry and assorted forms.

You'll find my music, some things about some of the pieces I use for analysis in some of the classes I teach, and a little bit about me (maybe more than you want to know). There's a blog, too, but it's just nonsense for the most part. I suppose it's worth checking out for some light reading if you're interested in my day-to-day stuff....

The music you'll find here can be (and should be) difficult to listen to. There are a lot of very beautiful things about my music, but it can be extremely dissonant. I gave up on traditional rhythms years ago. A "beat" just doesn't matter to me much anymore.

What matters to me is the idea of pure sound. Sound for its own sake. I'm lucky that I have computers that can help me realize that. Even in my "art" music, the harmonies are not traditional at all. They're sort of "pandiatonic" in that almost any of the chords and harmonic structures could serve as a stopping point for the piece. It's a little disconcerting, but it's not that bad, really, once you listen a few times. I hope you will.

I take a lot of things for granted in the individual page explanations of each piece. I talk about inspriations and meanings to the music. None of which ultimately matter as much as the music itself. So don't think that you need to hear any of this in any particular way.

If you get lost, or if you don't know what I am talking about on a particular page, try reading about the piece earlier or later on the list on the music page here on the site. It still might not make sense, but it might help a bit. I tend to go through phases stylistically, so the pieces before and after the piece you're reading about might help explain what's going on.

I started off with my first PC in 1988 when I was in my second year of college in Boston. It was an IBM PS/2 and it was awesome. I used that computer for a long time. I think I still have it somewhere. I got it just so that I could run Music Printer Plus to create my scores for class and for my own use. That computer was a big deal because it had a 10 MB HARD DRIVE(!) and 640KB of RAM. Top of the line, man. Top of the line.

I've used CSound, Common Music, Max/MSP, and Logic Audio and Finale (Finale95, I think? If there was a 95....I know I had Finale98 on a Compaq PC (with 2MG of RAM and a 20MB hard drive!) at some point. I remember using 4 or 5 floppy disks to install it) to write most of these pieces. I started with CSound on an old Windows98 box along with Logic back when eMagic made it. I think I started with version 3.5. Crazy old stuff...

The site started off as a hosted site back in 1997. Self-hosting just wasn't an option for me back then. I did start hosting it myself in 2003 or thereabout. It's gone through changes over the years, but I've simplified it and stripped it down to the bare necessities (I hope). Makes for sort of a boring layout, but hopefully it's crisp and clean. And it ought to look decent on a phone or tablet.

....which leads me to this iteration of the site....

After the pain of completely losing my site to a hard drive crash (with a bad backup), for the longest time I just had a picture of Dillan Lauren holding a phone with text that read "This is a dead site...hold the line...we'll be back soon...". When it's completely back to life, so to speak, I'll be able to remove that image and the "zombie" wording so it'll look like a nice, normal site again.

whore of babylon

You should notice some images on this page. One is of Dillan Lauren holding a phone. That works for me because I think she is just lovely & it fits as a good placeholder while I rebuild the site. Another one is Jesus in a Buddha pose. I have a somewhat unusual belief system and don't really believe that different religions are necessarily contrary to one another. You can read more about that on the about pages. I am a Christian, but there is much to be found in other religions. Then there is a very cool image of Buddha chilling out with headphones. That one speaks for itself, I think. I'm not sure if Buddha would like my music or not. Maybe in a Zen state he could appreciate the "sound for sound's sake" aspect of it. Then there is an image or two of scantilly clad women. I guess that speaks for itself as well. There's something about beautiful women that inspires me. So there's that. Then there is an artist's rendition of the Whore of Babylon. Those images could be said to sort of sum up who I am. Creepy, I know.....You can find out more about that as you dig into the site, but for now that'll have to do. A teaser if you will....

The music here is free for non-commercial use. I can't imagine why anyone would want to steal this music to try to make money from it, but you're not allowed to do that. Do not post any of these pieces on a website. Please point a link back to this site.

And that's that. All you need to know to start your journey through audientmusic.

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This is a zombie site. The mp3's are available on their individual pages, but none of the interesting tidbits about each piece are available. They are coming soon. The site has come back to life from a crash that took everything out....hard drive AND backup drive failed at the same time...Hold the line. We'll be right back...