My projects so far this summer are two pieces for voice, saxophones, and a rhythm section of electric bass, Korg synth, and drumset. Writing drumset parts has become my new favorite thing to do. I used to be intimidated by it and pretty much always resorted to slashes with general indications of style. I still do this sometimes, but I've become braver about notating specifically, and it's a blast. I don't play drums and I'm hesitant to learn more, actually, because I think I may be at the perfect level of ignorance with it right now--I know what kind of sounds I want, but I don't always know what's typical or expected. If mastery of an instrument or especially of a style isn't available, this state of general, untrained ideas is a particularly fertile space to be in.
10 Best of 2014
January: Wyoming and the Open
February: New Mexico and the Holes
Notes on The Accounts