But if you’re looking to be spooked by really tall trees then you’ve got to go to Washington State.

–Dar Williams

The State of Washington

When I started my jour­ney to Belling­ham to stay with my friends C&R I had no idea where the city was. They tried to tell me it was in Wash­ing­ton but if there’s any­thing I’ve learned since leav­ing the ATL it is to not trust any­thing my friends say. They are all liars. “Yes Dave, there is free beer avail­able to any­one who climbs to the top of the Sun­sphere” (there wasn’t and I broke sev­eral legs try­ing to climb it) or “Don’t worry about that lightning—in our town light­ning just barely tick­les when it strikes you!” (I now have no hear­ing in my left ear and I walk with a con­stant twitch). There­fore I assumed that Belling­ham was in Maine or pos­si­bly Nor­way or most likely a small island in the Pacific pop­u­lated by pen­guins and echidna.

Turns out I was wrong. It is in Wash­ing­ton. Read More


Music for Marvin Minsky’s Society of Mind

At long last I’m pub­lish­ing my Music for Mar­vin Minsky’s Soci­ety of Mind (click to down­load the score). You might remem­ber that I first wrote some music while search­ing for that book but now we have the result of all that effort. And it’s big.


Echo

Another post! I haven’t been updat­ing much dur­ing the past few months. This doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy. I have been work­ing on a very large piece of music that is tak­ing for­ever. While doing that I fin­ished up, or nearly so, a num­ber of other projects but decided against post­ing them till […]


My first poetry collection. I’m sorry.

Apolo­gies are in order: I have writ­ten some poetry (down­load the pdf). Poetry can be a won­drous art form to behold, just not so much in my hands. That doesn’t stop me from writ­ing it. We all have souls of poets or something.


Alot revisited!

The orig­i­nal plan was to pub­lish updates to the Mike and Dave’s Style Guide to the Eng­lish Lan­guage on a reg­u­lar basis. Obvi­ously I failed. So instead I’ve just put up the whole dang thing for now which you can down­load as a pdf. The style guide is woe­fully incom­plete but does have a decent […]


Train Across America

Ex rerum finis: After four days on the train being unable to fully relieve myself, I arrived at C&R’s place and: fully relieved myself much to the detri­ment of their toi­let. C&R then has­tened to the hard­ware store and pur­chased a “Bel­lows Plunger”. Yep, that is what it said on the tin. A plunger designed […]


Music for Erik Satie #2

And here we have Music for Erik Satie #2 which is a fol­low up to Music for Erik Satie #1, as you might gather from the clever nam­ing scheme. Like #1 there are some obvi­ous and not-so-obvious ref­er­ences to Satie’s music. One thing that stands out to me is how abrupt the changes are. There […]


Music for Erik Satie #1

About 20 years ago I wrote Music for Erik Satie #1 (click for down­load links). The piece exists in an odd place. It is unique for me in that it has some­thing that’s almost a lit­tle melodic, a near hint of har­mony, and very clear rhyth­mic ideas. And all of this was done on purpose […]


Spoiler Alert: I Survived!

For some rea­son I haven’t done a travel post in a while which is odd because I’ve had many a strange adven­ture since last I updated. Maybe I’ll get around to chron­i­cling those. If you’re lucky.


Music in Search of AI & Marvin Minsky

Some­time dur­ing the ‘90s I decided to set Mar­vin Minsky’s The Soci­ety of Mind to music. I did. This is not that piece. What this piece is, is music I wrote while search­ing for Minsky’s The Soci­ety of Mind. You see, dur­ing the early to mid-‘90s you couldn’t just hop on over to your near­est computery […]