August 2, 2015
“The first piece is Currents and this piece begins with a series of fast trills that roil and surge like a river” Read full review
January 24, 2015
Pleased to announce the premiere of The Old Cellar, a piece written for percussion and harp – scheduled to be performed Friday, February 6 at 9:00pm UTC, Reykjavík, Iceland by Duo Harpverk. Frank Aarnink and Katie Buckley are the two members of the duo (also members of the Icelandic Symphonie Orchestra). Duo Harpverk has performed in many excellent venues, including here in the states at The Kennedy Center.
“During the Icelandic Museum Night we will play our ‘Passport’ concert. This concert has pieces from all over the world, including the 100th piece ever written for us! Come hear all world premieres by J.C. Combs (USA), Michiharu Matsunaga (Japan), David Otten (NL), Nicolas Marty (France), and Alexander Sigman (USA).” – Duo Harpverk
November 19, 2013
October 10, 2013
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March 27, 2010
Readers, as some of you may know, I decided to have a go at “producing” and my first artist to take on was Jane Martin. To be honest, I felt sorry for her, being that she lives in Fairview, OK, population 5,000 (?), probably barely enough technology to get online and share her music. On many occasions she stated “thank god for wireless internet,” so I have an inkling this is probably true. Nonetheless, her music was of a quality level and I felt she would make a great candidate for JC Combs Productions.
Anyway, getting to the point…. I have decided to go public with our feud that has been going on for two months, since the release of her self-titled album, Jane Martin. I’m not sure what to do, maybe drop the album, free my hands of her! This is an example of what I have been dealing with. A conversation from February 28, 2010:
JM: Hello JC, this is JM. I don’t believe you are doing everything you can to promote my album and, frankly, I am this close to firing you as my producer. I believe there are thousands of idiots who are more fit to take on my level of genius. You see, JC, its my vision. When I make music, Mother Earth and I are one, Space and I are one, Venus, Jupiter and all the planets in the galaxy are one.
JC: Jane, I am doing but everything in my power to promote your works. You may not understand, since social interaction is somewhat new to you. You live in a hobbit hole, Jane, maybe you should get out more before you insult me and threaten to fire me as your producer. But, alas, if you feel there are more qualified producers out there, have at it, don’t let me stand in your way.
JM: I will consider that as an option, JC. Not only are you standing in my way, but this whole town, this state, the idiots who sit outside the barbershop on a lazy Sunday afternoon and rattle on about John McCain and Sarah Palin. I wasn’t born to live in Fairview, JC! Get me out of this hell hole. But you can’t and take this as a warning, I’ll give you a year to make something out of me. And if you haven’t performed up to standard, you’re fired! Click.
You see what kind of a predicament I am in? I just want to let it all “out there,” for people to know that producing, be it independent artists, whatever, is not an easy job! Maybe I need to get out of that game.
April 14, 2009
I have grown more and more attached to this work over the months and felt a deep desire to give it a fitting video. Enjoy.
February 19, 2009
Two Robots Enjoy a Gourmet Dinner – Bat in the Belfry – 18 bagatelles (2009)
February 12, 2009
Readers, here is the score for “Tonsils on Piano.” Notice the instructions to the player piano and human. Human: Play fast as physically possible. Robot: Presto. To look closer at the score, press down on the “cntrl” button and mouse wheel in. The human is at a great loss to the player piano on this one, but perhaps one day with new technology a human could match the speed as in the audio recording at the bottom. However, if anyone manages to play this at any decent level of speed past adagio, I’d be rather impressed!
Of course its a little too hard to follow along with the above audio, so I’ll post this follow-along version.
February 10, 2009
January 18, 2009
I ended up describing my works as bagatelles. Steve Layton had the great idea of petites four, which I would have gone with if I thought I wouldn’t encounter the genre problem, but I know I will. At least a traditional classical name might hint the outstanding workers at the distribution sites to label our music correctly. But I am still not expecting much in the way of cooperation.
Also notice the NetNewMusic logo, which will likely be employed by various artists composing avant-garde works in the future. The latest release date is set for February 29, 2009. As I’ve mentioned, I am simply releasing the mp3s for DL this go around.
18 Bagatelles (Bats in the Belfry) -38 minutes-
1. Tonsils on Piano
2. Two Dimes and a Penny
3. The Soaring Tortoise
4. An Incidental Lucid Moment
5. Silence Gave Way
7. Drifting Lanterns
8. The Deevolution of Adam and Eve
9. Intermission (bats in the belfry)
10. Gliese 581 d
12. Colony Plans
13. Plastic Stream
14. Two Robots Enjoy a Gourmet Dinner
15. A Quiet Exit
16. Old Brick Well
17. The Postnational Anthem