The dissertation and the symphony are finished. It's been an interesting (and sleep deprived) two years. I upgraded my software and computer and bought new plugins for Logic, and I had already decided I wanted to experiment with the new gear once I finished the degree. I was initially planning to start by remastering the scores from The Monkey's Paw and The Man in the Bowler Hat, and I'm still working on that project. Once it's finished, I'll upload it to YouTube.
However, my priorities changed as our world's situation evolved. There was already a lot of stress and anxiety involved in finishing a degree, but the events of 2020 certainly made things more complicated. Like many people, I found myself struggling to understand all that was happening. I ended up writing a simple piece I titled "Novus Dies" in order to work through my emotions. Shortly after finishing the piece, I had some issues with my eyes, which have prevented me from looking at a computer for almost two months. Obviously, my eyes have recovered, which is exciting, and now I'm ready to get back to music.
Michael has experience writing music for film, band, orchestra, choir, percussion ensemble, and various chamber groups. He is the Director of Bands at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.