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Season One Finale: Dmitri Tymoczko on Music Composition


Composer and Princeton professor Dmitri Tymoczko shares some excellent composing advice in this season finale episode of Composer Quest. Dmitri says that working on music theory as a composer is like lifting weights as a football player – it helps improve your intuitive composing. We also ponder the morality of exposing babies to only atonal music for experimental reasons.

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Right click to download Ep. 40, or open in iTunes.

Check out Dmitri’s site for some interesting theory articles and research that went into his book A Geometry of Music. His SoundCloud page has some examples from his new album Crackpot Hymnal.

I just want to say thanks to all of you who’ve been following my podcast these past 4 1/2 months. It’s been a treat talking with these 40+ awesome guests. On a personal note, it’s time for me to take a vacation, and work on some of my own composing. Producing two podcast episodes a week is basically a full-time job! Don’t worry though, I’ll still be releasing special episodes periodically this summer, before I start back up with Composer Quest Season Two.

Remember to sign up for Quest #2 by next Monday, May 20th, so you can be a part of the first Composer Quest album project.

Here are some other good ways to stay in touch…

Episode Soundtrack

  • 0:00 – Original Composer Quest Theme by The Desperate Cannons
  • 1:30 – “Mozartpiece” by Dmitri Tymoczko
  • 1:51 – “The Eggman Variations: I. Pentatonia” by Dmitri Tymoczko (Crackpot Hymnal, 2013)
  • 10:15 – “Typecase Treasury: I. Where We Begin” by Dmitri Tymoczko (Crackpot Hymnal, 2013)
  • 12:05 – “Typecast Treasury: V. Russian Metal” by Dmitri Tymoczko (Crackpot Hymnal, 2013)
  • 14:04 – “The Mysterious Stranger” by Dmitri Tymoczko (Beat Therapy, 2011)
  • 15:39 – “Kachunk” by Dmitri Tymoczko (Beat Therapy, 2011)
  • 27:27 – “The Eggman Variations: III. A Rolling Worm of Sound” by Dmitri Tymoczko (Crackpot Hymnal, 2013)

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