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These questions came from specter_13.

  • 1. When and what made you want to be a teacher?
  • 2. If you could live in any era of history, what era would it be and why?
  • 3. What do you see yourself doing in five years?
  • 4. Who got you into DDR and why did you start to play regularly.
  • 5. Is there an adventure that you want to go on but have not been able to for any reason?

1. When and what made you want to be a teacher?

Actually, a lot of this is answered in the third question of this interview. It was because of Tracy that i wanted to become a teacher, specifically a high school band director. It wasn't until the third year of my undergrad that that goal swerved somewhat. i love teaching marching band, and i hope i never stop, but i don't want to teach high school band as a career anymore.

teaching will always be my life, though. i love learning and passing on the knowledge and being in that sort of environment.

2. If you could live in any era of history, what era would it be and why?

i don't want to live in any other era than right now. history has its place. i don't belong in it.

3. What do you see yourself doing in five years?

Hopefully finishing up my doctorate, but who knows? When i was talking to Jeff the other day, he told me that maybe a doctorate might not be the best path for me unless i can find a program that really fits what i want. He sees me as someone who doesn't necessarily fit in the Doctoral Graduate Academic mold, but he sees me as an innovator, a figure that can help find or create something new to teach people - any people. He sketched out this vision of me teaching at a high school program or college program and bringing new technology to help students get excited about it and how it relates to music. And to a degree i'm already trying to do this. I'm putting a lot of personal money and time and effort into bringing infrared percussive electronic drums into the high school winter percussion idiom, something that I don't think has been done before. That kind of technology is *hardly* new, but i can picture the high school circuit seeing it as kick ass.

I'm starting to think more in that kind of way. Finding the people, spending the money to build or teach me how to build new kidns of installations or instruments or art. I have visions of building some sort of installation using concepts of Max/MSP, infrared sensors, motion sensing floors, the works. I might try talking to Kevin and Tyson about helping me build a DDR-like floor except with all the panels being flat sensors that i can then feed electrically into my drum module and feed into my computer to trigger music. That would be the first step, and honestly wouldn't be that hard. I need to find something else to do with it, something newer, something that's *my* personality. i'm not sure what that is, but the more i think about it, the more i think i'll find it - or it will find me.

4. Who got you into DDR and why did you start to play regularly.

One of my first memories of DDR was watching Julius freestyle at the Gateway Tilt. After that, i kept on watching people play, but i felt too shy to actually do it. I played for the first time at my brother's place, and i watched enough people play at that point that the first tunes i started on were 3 and 4 footers, and after getting used to the physicality of it, i could FC them without too much trouble. It was fascinating to me back then how much it related to how i teach music and how my musicianship helped me pick up the game quickly, so i played it eagerly, learning how to read patterns in larger and larger groups.

I didn't start to work on serious PA until the summer of 2002 at the ATAM tournament. being around all of those great players was inspiring.

5. Is there an adventure that you want to go on but have not been able to for any reason?

the problem with the idea of an "adventure" is that i see life itself as either an adventure or not an adventure. Sometimes things are more exciting than other things, but i don't see those as more "adventurous" over anything that might be boring. "adventure" as a word has more of a fiction kind of element to it. I read about them, i don't do them.

If we ignore semantics, however, there are certainly things i haven't done yet that i want to do... some of it i bet i'll be able to do, and others i know i won't. I was a pretty tame high schooler and undergrad student - i have too many control issues, and that can get in the way of me feeling free to do stupid things.

Not that adventure necessarily translates to "stupid things", but that's what's on my mind at the moment. *shrug* i'm just in that state of mind.

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