Monday, January 26, 2015

Portable Philosophy

Jacob Slichter of Semisonic has an intriguing new blog out now called Portable Philosophy which focuses on very accessible analyses of different aspects of how music is put together (with an emphasis on popular song styles). Highly recommended.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

DG named to foundation advisory board post

The Esperantic Studies Foundation, an organization devoted to the study and application of interlinguistics with an emphasis on the international language Esperanto, has asked Dr. Gaines to join its Advisory Board to provide perspectives on the arts, music, and cultural issues.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"Free Air" project preview @ New Music USA

Here's a preview of Eileen Meyer Russell's New Music USA funding proposal for Free Air, the composition for trombone and organ she commissioned from me for an October 2014 premiere and a CD recording in 2015.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A long lost review

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Check out Expedition Audio

Just discovered a new classical music/jazz website called Expedition Audio, which is run by HBDirect, a really great site for purchasing all kinds of classical music (including mine). Expedition Audio focuses on more obscure stuff you probably haven't heard of and wouldn't be likely to come across elsewhere. I applaud what they're doing and recommend you take a look and poke around. Enjoy.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

DG now @ - #TheWorldIsListening

You can hear the new virtual orchestra recording of my Elegy for string orchestra at, part of The Recording Academy's #TheWorldIsListening project......please "amplify" the link on your Facebook page, Twitter feed, Tumblr blog, Google+ page, or other website. This recording, by the way, will be a bonus track included at the end of the newly remastered version of my orchestral CD, The Music Of David Gaines, originally issued by MMC Recordings in 2001 and to be released on my own Verda Stelo Music label in 2013. Stay tuned, and repost widely. Thanks much......Happy New Year.  :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

A competition for 20-second film scores

A website that awards 30 euros a month to the winner of a competition for film scores lasting twenty seconds. Interesting.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Now part of the aUtopia roster at ReverbNation

I'm the first American musician to be invited to join the artist roster of aUtopia, a very interesting Spain-based music collective over at ReverbNation. Take a listen to their other artists, representing a range of experimental, progressive, electronic, and contemporary classical music.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Brand new DG holiday arrangement: "Carol Of The Bells (for Leo)"

A brand new DG holiday arrangement, Carol Of The Bells (for Leo), an entirely digital production featuring metallic percussion instruments (chimes, celesta, glockenspiel, music box, crotales, and triangle), is available for downloading exclusively at You can also listen to it online at

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Miles Zuniga - Great Songwriter In Search of $$$

Miles Zuniga, best known as 1/3 of the Austin, Texas-based pop/rock group Fastball, is setting out on the weird and wonderful journey known as "fundraising" in order to get his first solo record off the ground. Similar to what I did earlier this year with (but he's looking to gather up a lot more money), he's holding his hat out to fans and strangers alike over at I love Fastball and I think Miles is a terrific songwriter. He's trying to gather $20,000 in production costs in 30 days. Click here to help him out.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Review of the CONVERSATIONS album from Italy

From an Italian music review site called Kathodik ( by DG from the orginal Italian:

As the title says, this new Navona CD is a kind of conversation at a distance between two contemporary American composers, David Gaines and John Bilotta, by whom there are presented short works for organic chamber groups limited to a few instruments. The metaphor of a conversation is actually appropriate, not only because the two composers' pieces are wisely divided up, but also because they share a common ground that renders the dialogue possible and practical. This terrain is the rhythm that underpins all the pieces on the CD, which nicely flow one after the other. The brevity of the tracks and the lack of particularly accentuated and incisive melodic contours supports a second interpretation that, staying with the metaphor of conversation, what counts for them is not so much what you discuss, but how it's discussed; which might seem that the musical discourse is generally insubstantial. But before this question is translated into certainty comes the final composition of the CD to prevent such an eventuality. This is a piece for baritone saxophone and orchestra divided into three movements, written by Gaines, who - thanks finally to an expressive use of melody, a more structured and less aphoristic construction of movements, and to a masterly blend of orchestral colors - gives content to the conversation, which finally acquires a sense of accomplishment.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Composer John Adams on pop culture & anti-intellectualism

John Adams has some interesting things to say about the relationship of pop and classical music in the United States in this interview from last year.