Looking for a Mentor


Subject: Looking for a Mentor
From: Morgan Sutherland (skiptracer@gmail.com)
Date: Thu Sep 15 2005 - 14:06:14 EDT


Members of CEC Conference,

Your expertise are requested. My name is Morgan Sutherland. I'm 16 and
attend Nantucket High School in Massachusetts. I recently started my
junior year and was overjoyed to have been approved to take an
"exhibition" course. I have decided that my personal exhibition course
will be focused on DSP processing, experimental composition, and
overall experimental music. My "guiding question" is something along
the lines of "how can I create 'academic' DSP oriented music that does
not become too 'academic', or that doesn't lose sight of tradition
musical goals such as emotional provocation and simply communication".
I'm planning on using software (on the Mac) like Soundhack,
Arge´phontes lyre, Cycling '74's M, IXI software, etc. and I'm also
learning JAVA simultaneously so I'm not sure how that will work its
way in. My DAW of choice is Ableton Live, so I may be working with
that for arrangement/mixing.
        
A requirement of this course is that I have a mentor. When I made my
proposal, I assumed that the school music director would be my mentor.
However, I gave it a second thought and realized that my mentor need
not necessarily be a school employee, in fact, my mentor need not even
live here! This made me realize that I could seek a mentor that
actually has expertise in my area of study. I'm asking you because I
know a lot of you are professors at universities and prominent
musicians and therefore have a multitude of connections in the
"business", or lack thereof, in addition to knowledge and experience.
        So what I'm asking for exactly is either an offer from you to become
my mentor, or a list of references to names and email addresses to
which I will send more proposals.

In order to be my mentor, you will need to, or I would like you to
help me find somebody that has a quite advanced knowledge in my topic
of study (obviously), but most importantly, I need somebody that is
willing to put in the time commitment. Composition analysis and
advice, I presume, will be needed frequently, but at least weekly. I
think it would be healthy to maintain consistent email contact and
such also.

Thank you for anything you can do for me.

Morgan Sutherland



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