As a composer and musician, my influences have appeared over the years, slowly revealing themselves to me as my thoughts on music evolved, shedding their youthful skin and growing into something a bit more serious, a bit more mature. Despite any illusion of progressive maturation, there are always particular influences who were formative and who continue to remain influential to this day, musicians whom I return to continually in one form or another (Webern's quiet simplicity, Zappa's absurdity and sardonicism, Schnittke's polystylism, Zorn's collage techniques, the virtuosity of death metal and shred guitar, etc.)
In the coming months, I plan on writing insights on these composers and musicians. My intention is not to offer just a musical analysis, but to look at these composers a bit more eclectically, analyzing them culturally and maybe even in terms of anthropology, sociology, psychology, as well as in terms of music theory and aesthetics.
Composer, Artist, Writer