I'm Luke, a senior chemical engineering major and music minor. Despite my current life path leading me towards a scientific career, (mostly resulting from a whimsical "I kind of like and/or am good at sciences. I should pursue it" train of thought) music has always been something that I really enjoy and marvel at. Some people have air guitar, whereas I have "air conducting". Here at Cornell, I sing in the men's Glee Club and in the co-ed a cappella group The Class Notes, of which I am also the newly elected Musical Director. I guess I should give a plug about it here and here... (but seriously, we released some new singles the last few weeks, one of which I arranged)
I started with classical piano lessons early on (pre-5 years old), violin through the school system and a single year of choir during middle school with the Philadelphia Boys Choir (Yes, I was once a soprano I, and if you've ever been to Philadelphia to see the Nutcracker and remember the brief choral interludes in "Waltz of the Snowflakes," I was a part of that...). Unfortunately, because of the horrendously awkward adolescent years of high school which seems to plague all of humanity, my musical interest dropped off a bit. I thought of my singing ability as all but lost until the first few weeks of college when I auditioned for a cappella groups on a whim. Also, with the plethora of piano locations on campus, I do have the option to occasionally sit down at a piano (though "to play", and not "to practice".). Thank goodness my foolish teenage angst did not entirely consume my soul.
Anyway, I come to the class with a strong desire to compose music, through one media or another. So far, my "official" composition experience is rather limited. I have done a few musical arrangements of songs for my a cappella group, which gives a hint of composition. I composed one original composition last semester for an "ice level" for my friend's video game project, which was done while I was sitting in front of a piano with Finale, a music notation software, open. I guess I really enjoy sitting at a piano and just banging out whatever comes to mind (I particularly enjoy the pianos in Sage Chapel during its down time). Unfortunately, none of those impromptu sessions have been recorded.
So, I am anxious to see what I can create through this course and to explore the tools I can use to bring this inspiration to fruition. Do work, everyone.