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Controlling Time

Last month I gave a hybrid talk at the Rhymes with Opera summer training program for singers and composers. Part of it was based on the same material as my talk for Fresh Inc., and the other part concerned my approach to putting music in theater. For the last few...

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YouTube launches Crowdfunding as a feature

It was only a matter of time. It used to be that social networking was a specialized feature that was only done by specialized websites. Then social became a must-have feature for everyone. That’s what’s happening now to crowdfunding. YouTube is adding a tip feature to its channel, announced in...

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Fresh Inc 2014

Last week I returned to the Fresh Inc Festival to speak about arts entrepreneurship (and specifically crowdfunding) to a group of young composers and performers. I was a little worried about doing the same talk over again, but as I began preparing my notes for the talk, I realized that...

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Blette Soup

Stupidly easy recipe. Throw about a third of a cup of unwashed rice into a quart or so of chicken stock. Simmer it until the rice is done, and throw in a couple kind of bashed up but practically whole garlic cloves. Throw in a chopped up bunch of chard...

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Los Angeles Fishventures

I have been remiss. Last May I went to a beautiful wedding in Los Angeles, and took advantage of being there to eat a lot of Mexican seafood. The entire nonsensical experience is catalogued in this particular Chowhound thread. The frequent posters were super helpful, so I did my best...

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4 Ingredient Salmon Tartare

Before I make any salmon main course, I make this tartare. I love raw salmon, I love how it tastes with soy sauce, and I do not have the wherewithal to confidently cut my own sashimi and still have the rest of the fish be nicely shaped portions, so I...

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Recent blogging at NewMusicBox

At New Music USA, where I work, we publish NewMusicBox. Coincidentally, NewMusicBox is turning 15 years old this month, and there’s a great series of posts examining the site’s history (in related news, you should make a donation to keep the site going for another 15 years). Occasionally I’ll contribute...

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Stock Tips

Rachel Fershleiser once said “If I die, tell the New York Times I liked soup.” Then she made this soup zine with her friend Ami Greko. I think the Times will be able to figure it out on their own. Most of the zine (which you should buy at Housingworks)...

Sixth Borough Punch

Sixth Borough Punch

There is no photo for this punch. I hadn’t planned to blog it, but the audience that drank it last night at the Con Vivo gala demanded I post the recipe. They did this after they drank it, so blame them for the lack of art. This recipe uses all...

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We launched.

You can now create a project page at New Music USA in order to apply for funding! It’s easier than a normal grant process – just paste in your marketing materials, link to some media, and make a profile. And if we fund you, we publish your project page and...

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Employees Must Wash Haiku (live)

Elisabeth Halliday does an incredible job with these little songs/jokes/micro-comedy-routines. These haiku are legally acceptable replacements for “employees must wash hands” signs in restaurants. We learned that when Journeyman posted them in their own bathrooms in Somerville, MA. P.s. Go eat at Journeyman if you’re anywhere near there. They’re a...

That damnable pick up artist Kickstarter.

That damnable pick up artist Kickstarter.

I had a chastising blog post all set to go. I was going to criticize Kickstarter’s decision, their slow response, and poor handling of the whole mess. Given how much I write about, talk about, and think about Kickstarter, I had to say something. Especially given how much I push...