Music Technology is technology involved in the musical arts, in particular the use of electronic devices and computer software to facilitate composing, performance, recording, playback and storage. This website, which I created, and its multimedia content such as the music included in the video projects are examples of the types of technology involved. The excerpts to the left are from computer-generated compositions that I composed for class projects in 2007.
Additionally, this site is inclusive of professional and teaching experience in the area of music technology and business administration. Examples of my classroom experience and interaction with students in after-school clubs and projects are also included.
Special thanks to my loving wife, Marcia, and to Dr. Howard Swyer, (click on his name to view his bio) a former classmate for his contribution to the graduate performance of one of my compositions, Project Video II, featured on this site.
"Innovative music has always been inextricably linked to technology. The Pythagoreans set scales in accordance with their mathematical concepts of harmony in nature, Mozart wrote groundbreaking concertos centered around the newly invented piano, and The Beatles completely changed the face of popular music by pioneering almost every modern recording technique.
Today we live in a world of nearly unlimited computing power and connectivity, and, in light of this technological landscape, it should come as no surprise that the most vibrant field of musical creativity lies in the world of electronic music...." -Huff Post, Music and Technology, February 13, 2014.
Despite the realization of the sentiments expressed above, I am still motivated by the words of Dr. Robert Ward spoken to me during my freshman year as a composition major at the North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA):
“It is better to write a single simple but inspired tune that will survive the ages than to write an entire catalogue of intellectual music that is not remembered beyond the instance it is performed. Larry, always remember that music is more art than science and that composing is to be a venture nurtured by inspiration and not a scientific experiment plotted with complex schemes and formulas.”
Additionally, never far from my consciousness is the counsel of my first composition teacher and the Dean of the School of Music at NCSA (UNCSA) in 1970, Dr. Louis A. Mennini, given during my senior year in high school when I explored composing with twelve-tone techniques:
“Compose from the heart, not the head!”