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Record Icon The List: Works are listed in reverse chronological order to their start dates. Some compositions are dithered (unlinked) where the respective piece, whether listed as a part of a single composition or as a distinct composition within a series, has been taken out of chronological order for presentation purposes.

The below photograph of me with my Les Paul dates from 1977, I believe. I received it upon graduation from high school, along with the Ampeg amp in the background. I was working at McDonalds at the time, and although they had blue smocks as uniforms, this blue shirt was not that uniform. I later sold both the guitar and the amp to raise money for graduate school. (I miss that guitar, but not the oversized, overkill amplifier.)

Artist with Les Paul


 Musical Works 2019-2009

Current Artwork 2006-2016 Musical Works 2019-2015: My music is not different in the avant-garde sense, with endless poly chords being stacked like cigar boxes on top of one another. Rather, my music is vaguely familiar, like Asian knock-offs of American apparel where the belt buckle is oddly too large, but not so large as to merit discussion. It creeps up on you.

These selections include tributes to Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem and base metals, as well as a Wagnerian chronicle of regional road trips through the Midwest and Arizona.

My development as a digital composer over the past decade has followed the utilization of my assets, first those of Garageband and then Logic (now known as Logic Pro Tools). Early pieces made heavy use of nifty dance club drums loops and synthesizer presets. Once I exhausted these, I turned to standard drum kits and less processed sound. Works over the past couple of years use more horns and reverb, and this has coincided with compositions that are simpler in construction.

I am not sure how I feel about this ‘big brass band’ sound. It borders on a kind of kitsch heard often in my youth where arrangements of Beatles songs were played by middle-aged men in variety television show brass orchestras. This seemed to miss the point of the counter culture, or so it seemed to me. Something was lost in translation. Few alive today would make these associations.

  110) Crown Shyness 10/27/19
  110) The Banks of Opposite Meadow 10/20/19
  109) Borrowed Alphabet 10/09/19
  108) Struwwelpeter 10/01/19
  107) The Temple of Slights 2/14/19
  106) Maragine Hammer | Five of Cups 1/22/19
  105) Two Swords 1/07/19

  104) The Mooncalf 11/20/18
  103) Antecedents: Ahshislepah | Pioneers of Mars | Sputnik 11/01/18
  102) Thrift and Industry 10/29/18
  101) Noble Gases, Abridged 5/15/18
  100) Aspartame in Episodes 4/09/18
  99) Compass Jerusalem 3/30/18
  98) Palindrome 2/27/18

  97) Machine Winter 12/06/17
  96) Food Court 11/06/17
  95) Impareggiabile 11/05/17
  94) Incompleteness (Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem, 1) 9/22/17
  93) Base Metals: Three Bagatelles for Piano 7/25/17
  92) Surrexit Dominus (w/ Up Side of Down) 2/16/17
  91) Up Side of Down (w/ Surrexit Dominus) 2/16/17
  90) Nashville, TN (w/ The Road Trips) 8/19/17
  89) Saugatuck, MI; Holbrook, AZ; Baraboo, WI (w/ The Road Trips) 3/28/17
  88) Dark Fanfare (w/ The Road Trips) 2/14/17

  87) Plateaus of Arbitrary Effort (Part 1) 6/13/15 (w/ Part 2)
  86) Plateaus of Arbitrary Effort (Part 2) 8/22/15 (w/ Part 1)
  85) Eventual Etude No. 3: Umbrella Men Sans Magritte 10/05/15 (Linked within Series [2011])

Music 2010-2015 Musical Works 2014-2012: These works include a meditation on a suicide forest in Japan, a lamentation on batteries in landfills, a tribute to a cargo cult deity, and an elegy written for my deceased parents.

  84) Eventual Etude No. 4: Asphaltum, Indiana 4/22/13 (Linked within Series [2011])
  83) Scepters of Incidence 8/17/14

  82) Elegy/ Empathy’s Advent 11/25/13
  81) The Perishing Doorway 11/02/13
  80) Worlds Much Longer (Part 2) 5/09/13 (w/ Parts 1 & 3 [2012])
  79) Beige: R233, G220, B162 4/22/13

  78) Ancient Astronaut: Bep Kororoti (Part 2) 11/4/12 (w/ Part 1)
  77) Ancient Astronaut: Bep Kororoti (Part 1) 9/29/12 (w/ Part 2)
  76) Parachute 7/02/12
  75) Worlds Much Longer (Part 3) 5/18/12 (w/ Parts 1 & 2)
  74) Worlds Much Longer (Part 1) 5/02/12 (w/ Parts 2 & 3)
  73) Aokigahara, Suicide Forest 4/14/12
  72) Meddlers and Sealants 4/09/12
  71) Breathable Cotton Wife Swap 2/10/12
  70) Lite Brite Ponies 2/03/12

Music 2010 Musical Works 2011: This year saw the beginning of a piano etude project, and the creation of several unclassifiable works like Deltoid Fuchsia and Aerodyne. The former opus presents the plight of a surviving member of a murder house while the latter delves into the etherealness of Ganesha, the Hindu elephant deity and remover of obstacles. I lend my voice here and there to compositions, but do not anticipate this as a trend.

  69) Soviet Bunk Bed 10/31/10
  68) Aerodyne (Part 1) 1 9/31/11 (w/ Part 2 [2010])
  67) Symptom Palace 9/08/11
  66) Deltoid Fuchsia 7/25/11
  65) Rapprochement 7/07/11
  64) The Garden of Capitulation (Part 1) 6/20/11 (w/ Part 2)
  63) The Garden of Capitulation (Part 2) 5/19/11 (w/ Part 1)
  62) Pastorale 4/21/11
  61) Eventual Etude No. 2: Wigwam E Pluribus 3/16/11 (Linked within Series)
  60) Dionne Quintuplets: Astral Projection 2/25/11
  59) Boyhood Reptile 2/21/11
  58) Lung Maiden 2/04/11
  57) Hummingbird Colossus 1/25/11
  56) Eventual Etude No. 1: The Annotated Toupée 1/04/11 (Begins Series)

Musical Works 2010: Where repetition is a hallmark of pop music, I begin to employ it less in 2010, largely because the novelty of the software instruments had worn off. (Besides, I was running out of pre-packaged percussion loops that interested me.) There are several pop/rock/classical mashups here, like Integral Lap Comb and Memory Arsenal, and also a full-length ballet about a Portuguese interloper who disrupts the hotel accommodations of visiting royalty.

  55) Azure L’Amour 12/16/10
  54) Dormice Sync 11/14/10
  53) Brute Rainbow 10/22/10
  52) Found Candy (Valentine Ex nihilo) 10/06/10
  51) Non-Popcorn Arm 9/28/10
  50) buxis ab vinum inflexibilis | fragment b 9/24/10
  49) Lavender Raygun Sequence 9/21/10
  48) Divertimento for Piano 8/12/10
  47) Integral Lap Comb 7/23/10
  46) Memory Arsenal 5/28/10
  45) Benadryl: Enlarger of Prostates, Giver of Sleep and Allergy Relief 5/10/10
  44) Ritilan Before Breakfast 5/08/10
  43) Sleep-in-Late Japanese Girlfriend 3/30/10
  42) Pilgrims and Corn 3/13/10
  41) The Icarus Transfigured Suite: Nadir Mound 3/08/10 (Linked in Series [2009])
  40) Aerodyne (Part 2) 2/21/10 (w/ Part 1 [2011])
  39) Toner Depletion 1/25/10
  38) Waxworks: A Ballet in Eight Scenes 1/18/10
  37) March of The Absentminded 1/15/10
  36) The Goat-Footed Balloon Man 1/9/10
  35) Pretty for Deodorant: Three Short Pieces 12/25/09

Music 2009 Musical Works 2009: The tunes are catchy and mostly short. Through Garageband in 2009 (with later assitance from Logic, Apple’s digital audio workstation [DAW] software), I experienced a prolific musical renaissance as an erstwhile former music composition major. Synthesizers and drum loops abound.

  34) Pedicle in The Regency Style 12/14/09
  33) Warm Laundry 11/24/09
  32) Beautiful Monster 11/07/09
  31) Godzilla and The Long Arm of Funk 10/17/09
  30) Pillows and Pillars 10/08/09
  29) Infant Kal-El (w/ Escape Krypton) 9/28/09
  28) Trumpets of Paraffin 9/26/09
  27) Escape Krypton (w/ Infant Kal-El) 9/25/09
  26) Aerosol Cheeses 9/14/10
  25) Blue Bottle 9/12/09
  24) Whirled Peas 9/07/09
  23) The Orgone Box 8/31/09
  22) Lullaby in Chalk 8/02/09
  21) Spirits of Escalators 7/16/09
  20) Agnus Dei 7/02/09
  19) Vehicular Man Salad 6/29/09
  18) Bikini Ribcage 6/22/09
  17) Rare Paycheck 6/12/09
  16) The Icarus Transfigured Suite: Emma 6/02/09 (Begins Series)
  15) Reasonably A Vampire 5/27/09
  14) Memphis, 1975 5/18/09
  13) Olestra: Box Lunch Adventure 5/10/09
  12) The Icarus Transfigured Suite: Stonesthrow 5/07/09 (Linked in Series)
  11) Lactose Summer 4/28/09
  10) Tupperware Ignes Fatui 4/26/09
   9) The Lamp-Shaded Tower 4/23/09
   8) spukhafte Fernwirkung (Spooky Action At A Distance) 4/18/09
   7) Seldom Organs 4/02/09
   6) Polymers of Insincerity 3/27/09
   5) Aberrant Star 3/20/09
   4) Popeye Rotoscope 3/19/09
   3) Merry Christmas, Clowns! 3/14/09
   2) Cowboy Philosopher 2/?/09
   1) Provocateur 2/?/09

Notes on Music: Vanity persuades most musicians to pursue composition by limited means of their talent to utilize musical instruments, which is never as comprehensive as they might imagine. I was never more than an average guitarist and a marginally better pianist, yet felt stymied by cliche chord progressions in the former and a lack of virtuoso ability in the latter. Writing through software instruments removed both impediments. Because I am a visual artist, I approach musical notation visually, where pattern, movement, and counterpoint of notes are envisioned like brushstrokes on a canvas. The evolving melodies take shape by mysterious means, much like a sculptor shaving or adding lumps of clay where he imagines the underlying form to grow through a functional space.

Most of my first and second year Garageband musical creations were written in as little as seven to ten days, whereas mixing these compositions has been an effort ten years in the making. Of all my artistic undertakings, none have been more frustrating than mixing music. The endeavor may be likened to a game of “whack a mole,” where a problem resolved in one area creates a problem in another. The latest mix is always a compromise, where you can never get everything you want.

Classical music influences the way I mix music, in that midrange volume is sacrificed for the sake of spaciousness. I abhor loud, harsh music, and doubtless my hatred of sudden sharp sounds shapes my musical landscapes. I dare say, it is for similar autistic reasons that I use a black background for my web pages: The LED screens of current computers hurt my eyes. One may conclude that my website is a ‘autistic friendly environment’: made by an autistic and (probably) for the primary consumption of other autistics.

My sister recently reproached me (though gently), by stating that my online novel was too esoteric and wordy. I reacted with a prepared statement, where I referred to H.P. Lovecraft who, in my mind, wrote not so much for adolescent males as for fellow autistics through his esotericism and dog-eared thesaurus.

mlteague at piano, circa early 80s

Roots: This roll-over is a set of Polaroids taken of the composer in either 1980 or 1981. The tuxedo is a rental, which was required for a male choir recital I was to perform in that evening. I present nothing of the compositions I wrote during that time on these pages, and in no small part because of the contemporary nature of the pieces and their atonal effects, which cannot be replicated with software instruments. I may explore more of this music later, and possibly present it through a separate set of links. I am not encouraged in the prospect of this venture. My musical compositions of this period are much like the cartoons of my early youth. They begin with promise but quickly fall prey to distraction; they are rarely finished. I am willing to entertain the possibility that I have a mild form of Attention Deficit Disorder.

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