Thomas Royal

Composer | Pianist | Technologist

Writings


Updates after Hiatus

June 19, 2013

Real life has happened since the last time I published on this blog. I have since started playing piano for dance classes, started TAing for a relatively intense interdisciplinary humanities course, and I also started getting serious about my dissertation.

I was writing about play, and how it can be used to describe music, computers, and performance, but came upon some snags when it came to applications. It turns out what I was talking about wasn't real enough to be understood. I have since shifted my focus from theory to practice, deciding to talk about works by Jonathan Harvey, George Lewis, Pamela Z, Nicolas Collins, and others.

So, hopefully I will continue to keep up with the blog portion of this website. It is not really unusual for there to be something collecting dust on the internet. Computers are funny.

Speaking of which, I have been thinking about writing a piece of music that is to last 4 billion years that could be listened to on the internet. Likely, the piece would sort of point at the dis-embodied-ness of computers, and this dis-embodied-ness's ability to render time inapplicable. The more I think about it, the more I lean towards having the piece served by a Raspberry Pi, Model A, buried beneath some pile of rubbish. It is funny how computers, valuable for the information they contain, do not neccesarily detract rubbish.

Don't believe me? Check this out.