Genuine do-it-yourselfers become involved in all kinds of neat and sloppy endeavors, which might explain how I became, amongst other things, a computer programmer, furniture designer, house and piano rebuilder, businessman and website designer. I've also been a salesman, handyman, soldier and tennis pro, but prefer to think of myself simply as one who loves, and loves to create, music and art.
My formal education has been diverse, but to focus on music, I received my B.A. degree from Queens College, NY (now SUNY) and some insights into world music, ethnomusicology and experimental music at Wesleyan University, CT.
My music has won a variety of awards and prizes and has been heard in concert, on FM stations and at several American music festivals.
This was such a delightful and totally unexpected message from a new friend that I couldn't resist reproducing it here.
Digital art is an extraordinarily exciting new medium that closely resembles the digital revolution in music and the way music is created, recorded and archived ~ so much so in fact that I could not resist applying some of the techniques I use in composing electronic music to my visual art. Instant gratification is nice, and I experienced much of it at first, but as anyone will tell you who has used professional graphics programs like Illustrator or Photoshop and then tried to create faithful and enduring prints of their work, the learning curves can be very long and very steep indeed.
So I can't say that the transition from electronic musician to digital artist was a smooth one. But I am pleased to report that the migration of the techniques went marvelously well and that nothing could please me more than to one day combine these two disciplines in one dynamic work. Sometime in the near future, perhaps...
My formal training in art derives from classes in art and architecture at Pratt Institute, the University of Cincinnati, Wesleyan University and Queens College (SUNY) and covers, though not always in the greatest depth, everything from ceramics and sculpture to painting and figure drawing. I've done little so far to have my art exhibited in real world galleries, but have participated in a few group shows in cooperation with the Renaissance 2001 project in addition to one or two others. My works "hang" in several online galleries.
The sixties were challenging times for aspiring composers. I had just won more prizes than any young composer has any right to expect, and yet, after some profound musical soul searching, found myself mostly rejecting the great wave of serialism that was engulfing the contemporary music scene. Whether with good reason or not, I'd decided not only that contemporary classical music was dead, but, in fact, that all fine art was dead as well. There's a whole lot more to this story than I can possibly tell here, but it's how I got into an "art" that most people will surely see as merely a craft. You will have to decide for yourself.
I'm not sure whether replacing all of the plumbing in an old house is an act of sheer folly, or whether the satisfaction of having done so justifies the effort. In any case, I found great satisfaction in getting rid all of those old pipes and replacing them with bright new copper tubing. The materials, in fact, were such a pleasure to work with that I was inspired to fashion them into a cocktail table. Friends were intrigued by our new addition and, one thing leading to another, I found myself designing a variety of sculptural, geometric shapes for my new art-tables business.
That was many years ago. There has been a long hiatus during which I returned to composition and, as you can see, become involved in the exciting world of digital art. Bronze fittings with their strong masculine character are no longer manufactured, alas. But these new all-copper bases, if less masculine, are certainly more elegant. I'm finding new pleasures in putting them together.
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