Teaching Electroacoustic Music I
in the fall semester at Simon Fraser University. Tasks include course development, preparing web material using the Canvas online learning system, and setting up equipment in SFU's electroacoustic studio. The students learn everything from recording audio to using a DAW to diffusing their acousmatic pieces through a multichannel system live.
Finished writing my first full-length play, Apple Season, and began production with a public reading on August 6th.
After many performances around Vancouver, am finally in the process of incorporating Co.Crea.Tive
, the Constrained Creation performance art Collective.
Graduated from the MFA program in Interdisciplinary Studies at SFU. My graduate project was the spoken-word-and-soundscape performance installation Flatness
, about all the homes - virtual and real - i've lived in.
Won two awards - second prize in the Godfrey Ridout (vocal) category for Kyrie, and third prize in the Hugh LeCaine category for In the Minimal Senses, at the SOCAN Foundation Young Composer Awards
Lived for three months in Huddersfield, England researching electroacoustic music there under the direction of Pierre-Alexandre Tremblay and supported by a SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement.
Got into design for theatre as projectionist and video jockey for Stone's Throw Theatre's production of Any Night
. Subsequent credits include sound design for ROAD
and musical direction, sound design & composition for King Matt Theatre's production of The Green Wanderer
Started creating electroacoustic musical accompaniment for dance, working variously with MAYCE dance and Marc Arboleda.
Co-founded the show re:composition
with Maren Lisac on CFRO 100.5FM Vancouver Co-op Radio. The show has since aired interviews with numerous music-makers from all over the country including John Oswald, the Bozzini Quartet, Paul Steenhuisen, Janet Danielson, Martin Gotfrit, Kat Gimon, Dorothea Hayley, James O'Callaghan and many more.
Got a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada graduate scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to fund my graduate work on electroacoustic composition, spoken word and generative soundscape.
Performed at the inaugural Vines Art Festival
in Trout Lake Park with a group that bridged the performance art band Dissonant Disco and the art collective Co.Crea.Tive. I also scored the festival's promo video
Got into software design for theatre, developing video and lighting tech for The Party's show Fake Gems
at Gallery Interurban.
Got my Bachelor's of Music in composition from McGill University, winning the Bernard Shapiro Prize in music theory.
Began serving as chair of the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts Graduate Student Caucus.
Began working as a research assistant on the Generative Media Project
at Simon Fraser University's School for the Interactive Arts and Technology.
In September, began working as editor-in-chief of the McGill music school undergraduate paper, The Phonograph. As part of this role, I also sat on the music school's undergraduate student caucus executive, getting my feet wet in student politics.
Began trying to get into theatre production, proposing assorted rejected projects to McGill's theatre societies.
Began publishing experimental poetry in magazines like ditch,
(the comma's part of the name!) and Read This Dammit!. Subsequent credits would include Poetry Quarterly, Infinity's Kitchen and The Curious Element Review.
Won various scholarships at McGill.
Moved from Barrhaven to Montreal to start my undergrad in music, thus concluding my illustrious and grotesque high school career, during which I'd published a bunch of theatre reviews in the Ottawa Citizen, played a bunch of music with the church band, studied a lot of piano, acted in some theatre productions and failed repeatedly as a nerdy angsty rock musician.
The Nineties and Noughties
Grew up in the Ottawa suburb of what used to be called New Barrhaven. I went to one elementary school and then one high school. I learned to ski very early, then to swim, then to paddle a canoe, then to write, then eventually to play music. Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell were my heroes. I wore toques a lot and often acted like the sort of Canadian stereotype bad American television makes fun of.