Articles / Research

Tom is an associate editor for Perspectives of New Music, and a contributing editor to Open Space Magazine.
He has published and presented research in journals and conferences around the world. 
Below are some of these articles and presentations.

“The Transdisciplinarity of Form”

Teaching formal design across and through disciplines.

Arts in Society International Conference, Vancouver BC, Canada, 2018

College Music Society Pacific Northwest Regional Conference, Pullman, WA, 2018

“Developing the Non-Linear Musician

A lecture concerning the future of music education.

Seattle Music Teachers Association, 2014.


“Invisible Cities - New Music for String Quartet

A lecture/recital presenting a new work for string quartet and discussing themes of exploration.

Montalvo Arts Center, Sarasota CA, 2011.


“The Unadorned Composer and the Extravagant Art of Opera

A lecture regarding opera composition in the 21st century.

Jack Straw Productions Composers' Spotlight, 2008.


“Reading Through What Lingers On”

A short tribute to Benjamin Boretz, modeled on John Cage’s “Reading Through Ulysses” in the form of an mesostic.

Published in Perspectives of New Music, Volume 44, No. 1 ,2006.


“Microtonal Music: Composition and Practice

A lecture exploring microtonal guitar music.

Guest lecturer and visiting composer, Brigham Young University, Provo UT 2004.


“The Composers’ Studio”

An essay looking at alternative pedagogical methods in studio composition.

Delivered at the National Conference of the College Music Society, Santa Fe, 2001. 

Published in College Music Symposium, Volume 42, 2002.


An Interstitial Music

This article describes the architectural movement called folding, and ways that composers and sound artists might consider these theoretical ideas in their own work.

Published in Open Space Magazine, volume 1, issue 3, 2001.


Conic Sections: A Performing Analysis

This is a 4-part rendering of an analysis of "Conic Sections" by saxophonist Evan Parker. It is performed by 4 simultaneous readers. 

Published in Open Space Magazine, volume 1, issue 2, 2001.


“Opera and Cruelty: The Influence of Antonin Artaud

An essay exploring opera in the 21st century.

Delivered at the "Contemporary Opera at the Millennium Symposium" at Hofstra University Cultural Center, 2000.


“Space-time in Music and Architecture

An essay concerning modern relationships between music and architecture.

Delivered at the "International Conference on Cybernetics and Systems Research in the Arts," Baden-Baden Germany, 2000.


“Interstitial Music

A paper exploring new conceptual grounds for music composition.

Delivered at the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, Stanford University, 1999.


“How Do You Make A Music Without Substance”

This paper is a transcription of a chapter from A Thousand Plateaus by Gilles Delueze and Felix Guttari. It posits a music without borders or constraints, and the construct of freedom in a post-structural world.

Published in Open Space Magazine, volume 1, issue 1, 1999.


“Music, Architecture, and Space-time

A paper concerning theoretical and analytical relationships between music and architecture. 

Delivered for the Society of Music Theory National Conference, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1998.


“Making Space for Improvisation” 

An essay exploring potential nodes of interaction for improvisation in architecture as compared to improvisation in sound. 

Published in Column V, volume XI, University of Washington, 1997.


“Integritas: Modern Relationships Between Music and Architecture” 

Dissertation for the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Washington.

Published by University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1996.