Truly Music of the Spheres

Orbital3pno-ex

When Pluto splashed into our collective consciousness last month suddenly ready for its closeup, I learned a lot I hadn't known. For instance, that although the orbits of Pluto and Neptune overlap, they are prevented from colliding by the stable 2-to-3 ratio in their rotations around the sun; Pluto goes around the sun in 247.94 earth years, and Neptune in 164.8, and 247.94/164.8 equals 1.50449.... This kind of mutually influenced periodicity, as it turns out (how was I an astrologer for thirty years without learning this?), is common among … [Read more...]

Tribute to an Elegant Postminimalist

Duckworth-sketch

I figure everyone who's interested and lives within driving distance of Lewisburg, PA, already knows about this, but Monday evening at 7 I'll be giving the opening talk at a tribute to the late William Duckworth in the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University, where I taught for a few years in the 1990s. (The linked press release, unless they fix it, misstates my tenure at Bard College: I've taught here since 1997, not 2007.) The event is part of the Gallery Series, a series of new-music concerts that Bill founded many, many years ago. He … [Read more...]