Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Fragility Official Music Video

Fragility official music video is out on YouTube. Fragility is the opening track of my latest album entitled Groundless. The video concept and editing are mine but the amazing videography … Continue reading

June 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

Groundless

https://dosiamckay.com/music/groundless/ I have made ambitious plans for international travel in 2020. I was considering Japan or Korea but a friend strongly suggested China. I had already purchased the plane tickets … Continue reading

June 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Watercolors – New Music for Symphony Orchestra

I have been programmed with Tchaikovsky before, most likely because of my Slavic ancestry. But when I discovered that Aram Demirjian, the artistic director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, programed … Continue reading

April 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Unveiling – Free Perusal Score

Conductors, instrumentalists, composers, and non-musical friends, I am making “Unveiling” for string orchestra available as a free perusal score download. See what a musical blueprint looks like. https://dosiamckay.com/music-scores/unveiling/

February 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Things I Wish I Knew

On the occasion of the release of the 3rd Endless Immersion album, I am reminded of the video I created for the first one. My hair might be different now … Continue reading

February 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

Waiting for the Titles

I spent the last few days editing tracks for my upcoming album. One darling was killed in the process and the rest had to justify to me why I should … Continue reading

February 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

I Need Spotify Help

Please, for the love of God, can some kind person add my music to several Spotify playlists? My algorithm is completely off. I am currently pegged as a Renaissance composer, … Continue reading

January 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Endless Immersion 3 is Here

iTunes | Amazon | Bandcamp | Spotify https://dosiamckay.com/music/endless-immersion-3/ The next installment of the Endless Immersion series and another full hour of seamless, immersive musical experience is here. As always, I have a difficult time categorizing my music. This … Continue reading

January 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Manifesto

Manifesto is a strange yet captivating film. Because it is a mish-mash of many art and political manifestos recited in new contexts by the ever-inventive Cate Blanchett, there is no … Continue reading

January 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Audiophile’s Musings

It is true that it takes a long time for the performer to bring a composition to its fullest potential. The notes and the phrases remain the same, but with … Continue reading

January 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Endless Immersion 3

Before I release my brand-new album, I will first release the 3rd installment of Endless Immersion. Originally conceived in 2015, Endless Immersion was a soundtrack to an art installation in … Continue reading

December 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Composer Desk Again

I am documenting this makeshift set up before the arrival of my new desk. It looks convoluted but ergonomically speaking, it works very well. It is actually my drafting table … Continue reading

November 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Composer Desk

I am reinventing the wheel again, that is, I am reexamining the ergonomics of my music studio setup. The three main elements always are the MIDI keyboard, the computer keyboard, … Continue reading

August 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

At Peace

The score has been spiralbound and the parts have been taped according to the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association’s guidelines. All that remains is to send the materials to the Knoxville … Continue reading

June 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Instant Gratification

I crave instant gratification as much as the next person. I want minimal effort with maximum rewards. Immediate rewards. I want dopamine, the hormone of accomplishment, opening the floodgates of … Continue reading

June 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

Art Song – The Secret from Rubble Becomes Art

The second poem by Valerie Foote, entitled “The Secret”, tells the story of a betrayal of a young girl whose innocence is stolen by a stranger and who, fifty years … Continue reading

May 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Dark Sister, Sing from Rubble Becomes Art

Here is the recording of the premiere of Dark Sister Sing from Rubble Becomes Art, a triptych of art songs commissioned by Kate Steinbeck and Pan Harmonia. This performance took place … Continue reading

April 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Flow – Chapter 2

If you missed the first chapter, you can read it here: https://wp.me/p6Qr0-127 The first thing she noticed upon entering was the smell. It was the fragrance of aged wood and … Continue reading

April 2, 2020 · 1 Comment

“Watercolors” for Orchestra to be Premiered by the Knoxville Symphony

I am delighted to share that my “Watercolors” for Orchestra will be premiered by the Knoxville Symphony on the Masterworks Series concert in October. Although I was not born in … Continue reading

February 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Flow – Chapter 1

Numbness does not have to be destructive. Its lukewarm embrace can be nourishing, sustaining, prove wonderfully protective. When all other emotions have failed, numbness remains to offer a guiltless escape. … Continue reading

November 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Freakish Intensity

The cover design made it more real. The novel is out with the editor and I am inching toward the release of the book. I am about to enter the … Continue reading

July 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Back to the Novel Writing

Some of you have asked what happened to the psychological thriller I was writing last year. I had to put it aside for the last few months as I worked … Continue reading

June 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

From Faint Inklings to Tangible Embodiments

Once upon a time, Kate Steinbeck had a faint inkling about commissioning new music for her ensemble. We had talked about it many months in advance, before she really knew … Continue reading

June 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Home Archeology

Discovery of a buried ziplock bag during a routine weeding of a flower bed led me to a more involved archeological dig which produced the featured figurine. It was slimy … Continue reading

June 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rubble Becomes Art – Score Editing

The final and crucial step of self-editing. Yes, I could catch the same mistakes on the computer screen, but there is something tangible and more immediate about editing on paper. … Continue reading

June 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

New Music for Pierrot Ensemble and Percussion

I had a lot of fun creating this graphic animation/representation for my new piece. “Abandon” captures a fleeting moment of forsaking self-imposed restraints in favor of complete freedom and joyful, … Continue reading

May 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rubble Becomes Art

I have spent the last four months composing a triptych of songs commissioned by Kate Steinbeck and Pan Harmonia, based on the poems of three North Carolina contemporary poets. Although … Continue reading

April 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Unifying Principle

How do I express this movement musically? And when I hear gripping music, how do I paint it? These two artistic disciplines have been closely related in my creative output. … Continue reading

April 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chamber Music Commission – Art Songs

In celebration of its 20th season (2019-2020), Kate Steinbeck and Pan Harmonia have commissioned me to create an innovative work for voice, flute, bassoon and guitar for the chamber music … Continue reading

January 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Flow – A Psychological Thriller for Artists and Creatives

The Flow, my psychological thriller went out to Beta Readers today. I never thought I would write a book like this. I was only going to outline the plot, just … Continue reading

January 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Flow – a Psychological Thriller

An exciting day for me. I have finished the first draft of my psychological thriller and I’m able to share a more descriptive blurb with you: “A broken artist. A … Continue reading

November 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Cemetery

Cemetery in Wejherowo. This section dedicated to small children. Growing up in Poland, I was never sheltered from the reality of death and suffering. I remember visiting the graves of … Continue reading

September 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Pan Harmonia Commission

I am pleased to announce that I have received a commission from Kate Steinbeck of Pan Harmonia to compose a new work in celebration of Pan Harmonia’s 20th season. This project will be … Continue reading

August 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Composing the Harpsichord Concerto

Enjoy a composer / painter studio visit while I share the inspiration, challenges, and discoveries in writing a harpsichord concerto.

August 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Harpsichord Concerto, II – Ballade

Traditionally, the second movement of a concerto is a slow one, allowing the audience to catch a breath between fast sections, but giving no rest to the soloist whose virtuosity … Continue reading

August 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Harpsichord Concerto, I – Ritornello

The new harpsichord concerto is finished. Enjoy the preview of the first movement, the Ritornello. I will upload the other two movements in the next few days. Ritornello is a … Continue reading

July 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Terabyte Tiara – New Painting

I have been working intensely on the harpsichord concerto and came to a point where I felt that a quick change in artistic disciplines would do wonders to reset my … Continue reading

July 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

In Search of Divine Patterns

I have always believed that there is a divine order in all things. Studying calculus in college and diving deep into music theory showed me hidden treasures few people are … Continue reading

June 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Harpsichord Concerto – Work in Progress

The second movement of the harpsichord concerto is now in its final stages. Here I am checking the form for possible structural flaws. In my book, symmetry is always better … Continue reading

June 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Intersection of Art and the Real World – Twenty Years Later

I am skimming through a few episodes of The West Wing in disbelief that the series is almost twenty years old. In nearly every episode president Bartlet gives his staff … Continue reading

June 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Toolbox

You can accomplish anything if you have the right tools. However, the problem often lies in the fact that the right tools may be out of reach, you may have … Continue reading

May 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Harpsichord Concerto

I am presently composing a concerto in three movements for harpsichord and string orchestra (4,4,4,2,1 or larger). The total length of the music will be approximately fifteen minutes. I hope … Continue reading

May 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Hardcore Bread Baking

I made this loaf from sourdough starter, freshly ground spelt flour, filtered water (no chlorine or fluoride), Himalayan salt, and brown sugar. I had made the starter from freshly ground … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fragments

I think about all the places I have ever lived and feel a profound sense of loss. I am grateful to heave been exposed to different environments and experiences, but … Continue reading

February 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Quiet Room with a Large Window

To be perfectly honest, following many of you ultra successful artsy people on social media has been difficult recently. Your premieres, international travel, awards, commissions, exhibits, and accolades–you are in … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Arizona – Thrive or Survive?

A girl on the internet shared her adventures of moving from Hawaii to Arizona. She said the islands became too small for her and since she loves collecting rocks and … Continue reading

October 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Storing the Memories

First world problems: my phone with an excellent camera is broken. I am using a replacement phone with a mediocre camera. My full blown camera has a portrait lens while … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Fragile

Every morning I wake up with anxiety. I reach for my phone to quickly scan the news to find out whether the new Korean war has begun. Then I check … Continue reading

September 5, 2017 · Leave a comment
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