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Day 6 of Kickstarter...

by Kenn McSperitt on 02/22/16

Today has been a great day for catching up with tried-and-true friends from the past who, not to mention that not-so-tried friends, who are stepping up to pledge toward the Kickstarter campaign!! Thanks to all. I get more excited about this process as time ticks on...

day 5 of Kickstarter campaign...

by Kenn McSperitt on 02/21/16

The thing I am enjoying most about running this Kickstarter campaign is the excuse to reconnect with loved ones and dear friends from my many years. I hate that it has to do with money, but the redeeming virtue (which helps me feel better about it) is that I feel I am sharing my success with them, allowing others to participate in my joy. I'm certain that there's a psychology text out there that labels such justifications, but fortunately I'm a musician and I don't worry about things like that. :)

Thanks to those who are kicking in to make this album a reality!! Onward and upward!

Day 2 of Kickstarter nearly in the books...

by Kenn McSperitt on 02/17/16

Picked up another donor today for the Kickstarter campaign. Thanks so much, Jenn Pittman!! We're $50 closer to the goal!

It's very nice to be to the point in my doctoral coursework when I can attend to the business-end of my writing. I've spent more time dealing with communications, media, publicity, etc. in the last couple of weeks than I have in 6 years (very probably!). I have a BIG writing project ahead of me, the possibility of raising enough funding to underwrite my next big recording project, an upcoming lecture at UC-SB, and a band piece premiere upcoming. Lots of great stuff going on!

Tue the 15th... Day 1 (59 to go!)

by Kenn McSperitt on 02/16/16

Day 1 is nearly in the books on the Kickstarter campaign. We've had our first contribution and here's to it seeding and sprouting (in the next 59 days)! Thanks, Lemuel Bardequez for your generous support!

February 15, 2016

by Kenn McSperitt on 02/15/16

This is my inaugural blog post. In ensuing blogs, I plan to discuss what's going on in my compositional world and to document my goings-on periodically. I'm certain that other thoughts will creep into my blog, as well, given my holistic philosophy of life, teaching, writing, etc. I am excited and happy to share my journey with you here. I just hope that it serves some higher purpose other than the public expression of my own personal therapy.

Since this is the first, I should drop some back story to my current situation...

I am in my third year of doctoral studies at the University of Oklahoma in music composition. I teach band full time at Jones HS, approximately an hours drive from OU and my home in Mustang, where I live with my wife (Carin) and four children (Bethany, Ian, Tiernan, and Isobel). Counting this semester, I have two semesters remaining before I have completed all coursework for my DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts), which means General Exams in the Fall, along with my DMA Lecture Recital in November, followed by dissertation hours the following Spring. With any luck, and as is the plan, I will walk May of 2017 after defending my dissertation.

Where writing is concerned, I have recently recorded the third movement of my first phonetic composition, entitled Perigee and Apogee, mvt. III. 'Unconquered Relics.' Nineteen area musicians, several of which are members of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, spent two hours rehearsing and then recording this piece. I wound up with a very nice recording, which you can hear on my website. Sending this recording out to record labels, I attracted some interest and am now in contract talks with Centaur Records out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana for distribution via the Naxos label. To complete this project, I will be recording 7-8 more phonetic compositions and running a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to do so. We hope to have the recordings completed by December of this year, with album release next Spring.

I implore you to contribute toward this monumental moment in my career. Contribution levels start at $25 and up, with rewards for those contributing. Watch for posts and sign up for emails on my website so I can keep you informed of progress in this area. I should mention, also, that I have been invited to lecture at the University of California at Santa Barbara in May on my research in the area of phonetic composition. I will be speaking to Studio Xenakis, administered by Dr. Clarence Barlow. My most profound thanks to Dr. Barlow for allowing me the chance to present my work to his students and colleagues.

Ciao for now...