I am a cellist/compo
ser and social gadfly currently living in New York City. When people ask me what kind of music I write, I generally request that they never ask again--but, if th ey press, I tell them punk-classical. It doesn't really mean anything of course, but i t sounds neat and vaguely approximates my approach toward music these days.
At the end of 2009, I finally completed my PhD at the City University of New York Gradu
ate Center, meaning I can officially call myself DR. Pat Muc hmore so long as I don't care about the fact that 95% of the people around me would consider me a pretentious ass for doing so. My dissertation is called Humanity and Mechanicity in the music of Nine Inch Na ils and is an analysis of the first four albums by Nine Inch Nails (with a brief bonus analysis of one track from the fifth album, [With_Teeth]). The oth er hoop I had to clear was a large composition, which is my cello con certo p41i/\/\p53$7 α.
nce and composition life is for the most part centered on the punk chamber group, Anti-Social Music, of which I am a co-founder and gleeful ne'er-do-well. You should be coming to all of our concerts. I don't care that you live in __________! Ju st get your ass out here and see the future of everything. The first ASM album, Anti-Social Music Sings the Great American Songbook, includes my own Fracture II along with a ton of other great pieces, man y of which I got to play cello and/or sing on. It's available here at amazon or at iTunes a nd other usual suspects. Later, ASM released a record called Fracture: The Music of Pat Muchmore and, as you can probably guess, it's a reco rding of several of my pieces. It can be purchased from many places, and even streamed for free, as detailed on this page. We've also recently released an album called Anti-Social Music is the Future of Everything which includes yet another piece by me, which you can learn about here.
So...I'm not gonna spoon feed you all the info you could ever want. Wanna kn
ow about the pieces I've written? Check out the Works page for a complete list (in some cases, including downloadable score pages and MP3s). Want to see or hear my music in action? Check out the Media page. In fact, che ck out all of the self-explanatory links above--If you made it to this page, you'll probably manage the rest all on your lonesome. Oh, and if you want to talk to me for some reason, you can e-mail me (i f you are a spammer, I shall hunt down and kill you with extreme prejudice. That g oes double for you spambots out there).
Oh shit, I forgot all of the standard boilerplate bragging stuff.
I've studied with two (count 'em 2) Pulitzer Prize-winning composers (namely, John Corigliano and David Del Tredici). I received a bunch of awards in college that I don't remember anymore. I've played cello (and occ assionally, the trombone and piano) with a number of bands, including dalek, come down, World/Inferno Friendship Society, Andrew Spencer, John Guilt, and The Dirty Sock Funtime Band. And, finally, I sometimes cop a fake egotistical attitude in my bios in order to cover up some--and possibly all four--of the following things:
- I'm somewh
at neurotic and find myself shifting from an overly blustery attitude to an overly self-effacing attitude with a reckless disre gard for human decency
- I genuinely DO fe
el proud of the things I'm discussing, and try to hide it behind a dual layer of self-effaceme nt hidden behind bluster
- I thin
k bragging about this s ort of stuff is silly and i t's funny to indulge in it, and/or...
- My name is rea
lly Felicio Torres, the greatest lover in al l of Mexico