Winter 2023/2024 is Happening

For me there is usually a mid-December to early January introverted period. No shows, but composing and taking stock of what’s happened. Breathing in and breathing out.

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Solo Electric Guitar Ensemble

Jan.12: Solo Electric Guitar Ensemble concert at Hawks and Reed in Greenfield, MA.

March 8: Dream Interpretations for Solo Electric Guitar Ensemble. Nova Arts, Keene, NH. With guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto.

I am completing compositions for the next album. Side I will be four new Dream Interpretations which will be recorded in February at Guilford Sound. Side II, “Curiosity on Mars”, will be recorded in March. 

The four Dream Interpretations will use my “Dream Interpretation Technique” where I translate dreams into music. “Curiosity on Mars” will use my “Natural Phenomena” composing method, which I have used mostly for my chamber music. I base the composition on photographs of nature – in this case photographs of Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover – to structure the music. Space music indeed! The two approaches are quite different: Dreams have intense emotional elements and irrational structural changes, whereas the photographs from Mars are structured more organically and are open to interpretation emotionally.

All Rights Reserved / © Tim Bugbee. From a 2022 show at the Lilypad in Cambridge, MA.

Trinary System

Dave Snyder (at Guilford Sound) and I finally completed mixing the new album which was started a year and a half ago. It’s about time to wrap that one up. The sound is rather expansive. And while the songs are very diverse – from overt pop to complex/improvisation – it always sounds like the Trinary System. As it should. Not sure what label it will come out on – hoping to deduce that in early 2024. If you have any ideas, please contact me!

Photo of housing area at Guilford Sound by P. Andrew Willis.

Anvil Orchestra

Last fall’s shows were really fun, especially playing with Larry Dersch at AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, MD. But the group’s duo improv. score to “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” has been a surprising hit for both audiences and band alike.

Jan.31: Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline, MA: METROPOLIS.

Feb.16: George Eastman Museum, Rochester NY. Alfred Hitchcock’s last silent film BLACKMAIL.

Mar.15: Orpheum Theater, Saugerties, NY.  Buster Keatons’s THE GENERAL.

And here is an interview from our METROPOLIS show at the Milwaukee Film Festival last spring, including Larry Dersch as well:

Surrealist Games

Nothing pleases me more than opening up that Surrealist Doorway which allows anybody, whether you think of yourself as an artist or not, to create unique works of art/poetry. I’ve been doing this Surrealist Games Show for years and plan on doing it for years to come.

Feb.10: Epsilon Spires, Brattleboro, VT

Feh.14: Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

Feb.29: 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH

Borderland

My major project since last summer was composing a soundtrack to the documentary film BORDERLAND. It was mixed with Michael Bierylo in November. The music came out great and the producers were very happy with it. Four films I previously scored for Skylight premiered at Sundance, and I suspect this one will as well.

Photo: Lilit Hartunian (violin). Michael Bierylo and Roger C. Miller “hard at work.”

Life Goes On

The construction project on our house in Vermont is tread-milling its way towards completion. It may be that when it is done, it will be amazing. But when in the thick of construction/deconstruction, sometimes it’s hard to know. Yet Deb and I sat out on our new deck (watch out for the lack of a railing) in mid-December to look at the sky for shooting stars, and we saw 15-20 in half an hour. Here’s hoping that is a good omen!

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