Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Unveiling – Music Painting

“Unveiling” composed for string orchestra is an exploration of layers of sound. Beginning with one solitary note, new aural strata gradually unfold in which multiple layers of counterpoint constantly shift, … Continue reading

September 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Delusion

Art is not necessary. Art is not indispensable. There are more urgent issues such as maintaining peace, feeding the hungry, and protecting the environment. And yet, if we don’t have … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Translating Color to Music

I feel restless again. Restless to translate these colors I have been dabbing with into music. I don’t hear the sounds yet. I just feel the need to remove myself … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Geometry, Language, and Music – My Path to Composition – Radio Interview on “Zero Crossings”

What do geometry, language, and music have in common? The ancestral shadows, George Michael, and creative loneliness – it’s all there. I am talking about my convoluted path to composition … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Composition Competitions – Gambling and Return on Investment

I have been sharing my successes and hopes with you, but have been concealing failures and struggles. It is not all glitter and red carpet in my profession. It is … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Unconventional

When I talk about Endless Immersion, I’m supposed to have an elevator pitch to capture your attention in one sentence. I don’t have it. I don’t even know what genre … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jackpot – New Composition Inspired by a Visit to a Casino

It is odd to imagine that a quick stroll through a casino would become an inspiration for a new composition for a chamber group, yet the surround-sound cacophony of blips, … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Glossolalia Premieres in China

NeoQuartet is taking Glossolalia to China to the Beijing Modern Music Festival, marking the premiere of my music on the 4th continent. http://neoquartet.pl/ http://www.dosiamckay.com/glossolalia.shtml http://bmmf.org.cn/EN/CalendarDetail.aspx?id=540

May 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Taking Musical Chances, Reaping Musical Rewards

More than a year ago I took a chance on a string quartet from Poland I have only heard in recordings. I flew in to Gdańsk, we met in person … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

“Unveiling” for String Orchestra

“Unveiling” written for string orchestra is an exploration of layers of sounds. Beginning with one solitary note, new aural strata gradually unfold in which multiple layers of counterpoint constantly shift, … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Endless Immersion Installation

Endless Immersion Installation – the colors morph, merge, dissolve, and drift away. Just like the music. I’ve had a great response to a private showing of the installation. Each guest … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Endless Immersion Download

Can you download single tracks of Endless Immersion? Yes, you can. There are only two of them. Each one is a seamless one-hour immersive experience, and you can preview them … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Submerged – New Music for Piano Solo

“Submerged” is one of my early compositions for piano solo. Ever since a pianist friend played for me “The Sunken Cathedral” by Claude Debussy in ninth grade, I felt enchanted … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Calliope – The Patroness of Inspiration

Calliope is the muse of epic poetry, the patroness of inspiration. http://tinyurl.com/muaj4ru

April 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Cello – A Guarded Love

The more I play the cello, the more I love it. But if it loves me back, it does so in a guarded way. I have to spend many hours … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dear Fans, I Need Your Help!

Dear Friends and Fans, I need your help! Please help me spread the word about my new album “Endless Immersion”. I have no agent, no publicity firm, and no organization … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Endless Immersion – A Sonic Experience

Endless Immersion is out as a 2-CD set and an MP3 download. If you are looking for a truly unique sonic experience, look no further. http://tinyurl.com/kge5osr

April 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Endless Immersion is Live!

Endless Immersion is live! Today I am sending out all pre-orders and new orders. Are you ready to be immersed? http://tinyurl.com/kge5osr

April 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Endless Immersion – First Impressions

“I am speechless”, “This is what music is supposed to be”, “I drove and don’t remember how I got home”, “I was so relaxed, I didn’t want to stop listening”, … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Endless Immersion Installation and the Magic Algorithm

The Endless Immersion installation and the creative process of composing the music for this unique environment. I discuss the double stereo loop design and the capabilities of the magic algorithm. … Continue reading

April 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Times of Solemnity and Reflection

Times, seasons, holidays, remembrances. It’s good to have days set aside for reflection and solemnity. Though our perspectives of the World may differ, we share the the joys, sorrows, and … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Recording Studio Fashion

More studio fashion and drama. Clothing should always match the hardware. April 9 – Only 7 days left to the release of the Endless Immersion Album. http://www.dosiamckay.com/endlessimmersion.shtml

April 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Beijing New Music Festival Premiere

I am very honored to learn that my music will be featured at the Beijing Modern Music Festival in May. NeoQuartet will be performing selections from our latest recording Glossolalia. … Continue reading

March 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Endless Immersion – New Album of Experimental Music

Endless Immersion, a new album of experimental music is set to release on April 9, 2015. Endless Immersion – The Concept I want to challenge the traditional way we listen … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Recording Studio – Inspiring Spaces

Beautiful space at the Echo Moountain Recording Studios in Asheville where I recently worked on Endless Immersion. We didn’t master in this exact room, but I like to peek in … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Testing the Quadraphonic Setup

A pair of new JBL studio monitors aka high fidelity speakers to complete the quadraphonic setup for the Endless Immersion installation. I tested them yesterday with one stereo layer of … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mastering Endless Immersion

With sound engineer Julian Dreyer at the Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville during the mastering session for Endless Immersion. We worked together on the final mix concentrating on proper … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

New Classical Guitar Album Release

Sergio Puccini, an Argentine guitar virtuoso, will soon release an album featuring my composition “Parting” I originally wrote for Baroque lute. And did I mention that Paul McCartney’s music will … Continue reading

March 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Black

Today my hair is nearly black. I am wearing black turtleneck and black pants. I carried my lunch in a black paper bag, forgetting that I already had another black … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Do I Have To Conform?

This happened. A note from my dear, kindhearted film scoring teacher Ira Newborn while I was studying at NYU. He wrote it in my notebook after I told him that … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Surround Sound or Double Stereo?

Homework for the Endless Immersion installation. It’s not a simple surround setup. I need two independent stereo systems playing simultaneously. I can’t say that I am bored. http://www.dosiamckay.com/endlessimmersion.shtml

March 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

I Want To Run Away

I just received the final proofs of the printed CD cover of my upcoming album and I just want to run away. No, there is nothing wrong with it. In … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Grit and Glitz on Princeton’s WPRB Classical Discoveries

Today “Grit and Glitz” was featured on the Princeton’s WPRB Classical Discoveries hosted by Marvin Rosen during the “In Praise of a Woman” music marathon devoted to American women composers. … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Work Hard, Play Hard

I am working non stop on this latest release, hoping to bring the music to life this April. Music is done, graphic design for the album cover is done. Now … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Aurora – For Stereo Headphones and Closed Eyes

Aurora – Meant for stereo headphones and closed eyes. http://www.dosiamckay.com/lacrimosa.shtml

February 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Endless Immersion – Challenging the “Stereo-Types”

With sound engineer Julian Dreyer, trying different alignment patterns for the looping layers. There are so many interesting combinations, there is not enough lifetime to explore them all. We are … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Endless Immersion – Painting With Sound

Painting with sound – I spent a solid day in the studio working with the sound engineer. This project feels very much like painting to me. I stretched the canvas … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Music in a Kaleidoscope?

I am putting finishing touches on Endless Immersion before I take it to the recording studio for final edit and mastering. Until today, the “kaleidoscope” design of the music was … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Winter Music for Woodwind Quintet

As my current home town of Asheville is expecting the coldest temperatures of the year, I thought I would post some winter music I composed during my early period (undergrad … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Composer Portrait, Part 1

Fun to re-watch. If only for the old hair.

February 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Arts Education Behind the Iron Curtain, Part 2

If you have not read the first part of this essay, you might benefit from reading it to establish context of the following. The first day at the Conservatory was … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Color Me Blue – New Music for Soprano Sax, 2 Vibraphones, and Bass

I am updating my score catalog and came across this fun piece for soprano saxophone, 2 vibraphones, and bass. Jazz meets counterpoint! http://www.dosiamckay.com/mp3/DosiaMcKay_colormeblue.mp3 http://www.dosiamckay.com/music/colormeblue.shtml

February 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bubble Tree – A Soundtrack to Short Film

The Bubble Tree – a soundtrack I composed a few years ago for this fun short film. I can’t decide if the movie is uplifting or depressing.

February 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Expletivo – Music So Vulgar It Should Be Bleeped Out

This is high-brow art music, and so it is proper to hide behind a made-up Italian word like Expletivo, but the essence of this movement might be better expressed through … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Lacrimosa

Lacrimosa – my most popular track on Soundcloud. And for a good reason. Double the fun on headphones.

February 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Danse Macabre – Dance of Death

Here is a little treasure I dug up for you – “Danse Macabre” for piano trio (violin, cello, and piano) I composed a few years ago. The computer rendition is … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Arts Education Behind the Iron Curtain, Part 1

I feel very privileged to have devoted much of my life to the study and practice of music. Having attained degrees from two American universities after completing studies in the … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bach and Beyond

Sometimes when I hear music like this, I feel that after Bach and his sons, every composition is superfluous. Much of this piece consists of a unison line against simple … Continue reading

January 29, 2015 · Leave a comment
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