Today I captured some field audio in Lowell and Manchester. You can read more about it on the Soundscape Project page and by following this link.
I posted a new entry on the Soundscape Project website about my experiences recording sound on Cape Cod this afternoon. Here is a direct link. You can also access the website by clicking on the toolbar on this website. It was a very interesting and personal experience and I look forward to more in the near future.
MIT Press released a list of the upcoming papers for the LMJ 25 issue. I'm delighted to be a part of it. You can find out a little more about the issue at http://www.mitpressjournals.org/page/journal/forthcoming.jsp?journalCode=lmj.
Looking forward to attending the UK's Audio Engineering Society Conference this week in Glasgow. The conference proceedings came out and I've included a link to that in on my Research page along with links to journal articles that are finally available. I'm excited to hear other presentations and meet some fellow colleagues from other institutions. Generally, I leave these types of conferences inspired and am hopeful for a good trip. Publications are slowly getting updated and revised. I have a few under review right now along with confirmation of a podcast review that's been accepted in a special issue of the Journal of Radio and Audio Media coming out in November. I don't anticipate writing too many book/media reviews, but they are a nice way to establish a relationship with a journal and explore new content out there.
We're ramping up for a busy fall semester and the start of the NSF research project. I'm delighted to be a part of it and look forward to learning a great deal along the way. The last month of this summer I've been reading a great deal of literature. Rather than writing, I decided to dig deeper into some published articles. I'm also reading a couple of books (those will take a bit longer) and taking lots of notes. Otherwise, I'm taking a statistics course this fall in my doctoral program and plan to get out to do some field research for the New England Soundscape Project. I've placed an order for some technology and hope to get started in October. Finally, I'm working on a new solo piece for trombone which is starting to take shape. More on that in the coming weeks. Best wishes for a great fall.
I've been reading a lot of different blogs about how academic publishing works. I find the whole process very interesting because peer-review is helpful and very challenging at the same time. I've shared many of the positive outcomes from the past year. I'm grateful for those and delighted to see articles coming out, grants getting funded, and research coming to fruition. That said, I've experienced my fair share of setbacks too. I've had journal manuscripts and grant proposals rejected and placed in various stages of revision. I share this because of a few rejections that have come in the past two weeks. Sometimes the reviews are insightful and offer many suggestions on how to improve the paper's overall quality. Other times, the reviews are brief or nonexistent. In those moments, it's difficult to know how to address the rejection.
As thankful as I am for any successes, I'm equally mindful of how persistence is one of the most important attributes in any path worth pursuing. John C. Maxwell's book "Failing Forward" really helped me to set aside any hesitation in pursuing a goal. How we address, recover, and learn from our setbacks is so important. Cultivating a focused, positive mindset is equally beneficial. Most importantly, I try to take a deep breath, offer thanks for my successes, and quickly make adjustments on the setbacks. After a couple of weeks of relative highs and lows, I come back to these simple ideas in an effort to stay focused and enjoy the journey.
I'm delighted to share that the National Science Foundation has confirmed major funding for a two-year study entitled "A Middle School After-School Pilot Program Integrating Computer Programming and Music Education" under the direction of PI- Jesse M. Heines (Professor of Computer Science) and myself (serving as Co-PI from the Music department at UML).
I’m pleased to announce that the New England Soundscape Project received an Internal Seed Grant from the University of Massachusetts Lowell for the next couple of years. This funding provides a wonderful resource to carry out the project and I’m delighted to proceed in the next few months. As the plans and logistics come together, I’ll be sure to share the creative and research work in progress.
It's been a productive few weeks. I had a very nice time at the IASPM Conference in Ottawa. My talk went smoothly and I heard some really interesting research. As always, it's nice to receive feedback and thoughtful questions and I look forward to expanding some of the ideas and suggestions I received there. The IASPM - Canada folks are very friendly, run a tight ship, and seem to be doing great things. I hope to attend in the future.
I've updated the website to include some new research activity. This Friday, I'm presenting at the Association for Popular Music Education conference in Miami, FL. I wish I could attend for longer, but this will ultimately be a quick trip. That said, I'm looking forward to it and hope to hear some great talks. I've made my paper and presentation slides available on the website as well.
Two articles and a review are "officially" coming out. One will appear in the Journal of Music, Technology & Education, published by Intellect. I'm excited for that. It's in the final editing stages and will be available later this summer. The second article in Leonardo Music Journal, published by MIT Press, is in the copy editing stage right now. It will be out this summer too. Finally, I'm excited that a short review article will be coming out in the Journal of Radio and Audio Media, published by the Broadcasting Education Association, for their special November issue on podcasts.
After a short break, I'm going to start some sound gathering for the New England Soundscape Project. I have about four weeks to get some work done and look forward to traveling to some sites for fieldwork. I'm also going to catch up on a couple of music composition assignments. I'm studying privately and look forward to digging in some more.
I still have three articles under review and plan to have one or two more finished by the end of the summer. Here's hoping for continued progress in all areas. Above all, I also plan to have a little down time to recharge for the upcoming school year. It'll be here very soon. Thanks for stopping by.
Wrapped up a good first year of teaching and research. All in all, I can say it was productive and enjoyable! The summer always brings a little more of a relaxed pace. I have several projects going on in the meantime. The calendar includes the following events:
The academic year is winding down with finals, juries, and grading. I'm thankful that this has been a productive and fruitful semester. I submitted an article in April along with a shorter book review. It will take some time to hear back on those projects. I did hear back on one grant proposal - which didn't get funded. That changes my summer plans a little, however, that's not a bad thing. I'm going to revisit the grant proposal later this year and revise it.
Reviews and evaluations have always been positive and helpful. Speaking in very general terms, I think it's really important to consider the time and effort peer-reviewers share in order to make a manuscript better. I feel the same way about teaching and performance evaluations. There's always something to learn and to improve upon. Thankfully it's been a very solid year, but there is always more to accomplish. Working with students has been really enjoyable too. My students are hard working, down to earth, and talented in many areas. I've had fun interacting with them and watching their improvement. That's one of the great joys of teaching I find.
I did hear back from one publisher regarding a manuscript. They have recommended publication with revisions. I'm delighted to hear the news and will share more specific information once all details are current. Suffice it to say, the article needs some tweaking and I'm looking forward to the reviewers' comments.
I'm presenting at IASPM - Canada in a couple of weeks. In the interim, I'm working on the final touches of the AES UK paper to present in Glasgow this August. I'm excited to begin some creative work too. I'm going to study composition this summer, continue with my doctorate and try to get plenty of practicing in. My hope is to sneak in a few percussion lessons too. Finally, I'm going to jump into the New England Soundscape project, which I'll share more about in an upcoming blog.
Thanks for reading.
Assistant Professor of Composition for New Media at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. This blog summarizes my research and creative interests. Thank you for stopping by.