A recording of my vocal works is coming out on the ALBANY label in a couple of months. Last summer, when the details were being negotiated, ALBANY asked me for an image for the cover. I was in the middle of about umpteen thousand different projects, so I sent them the first picture I came across. It happened to be the photo you can find to the left of this column: me sitting in front of a computer screen filled with music.
ALBANY’s designers made a perfectly lovely cover out of this image:
But when they sent me the proof, I realized I had made a mistake.
Appendage and Other Stories is a disk of real-life stories and far-ranging fantasies, performed by outstanding actors, singers, and instrumentalists. But you’d never guess that from this photo. It looks like I’m a guy who sits in front of his computer, dreams up complicated pitch/sound patterns and realizes them as pristine MIDI confections. Nothing wrong with being that guy, but that’s not where this disk is coming from.
So I put the brakes on the release and got together with a photographer friend. We came up with this:
A crumpled sheet of manuscript on the strings of a piano is much more in keeping with the spirit of the works inside. Much as I’d like to just sit in my room and twiddle notes together, I understand that a lot of nonmusical things affect the way we experience music.
Now we’ll see what the ALBANY designers do with this photo.