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Andrew Durkin

About Me

Andrew Durkin is a hack composer and pseudo-intellectual living in Los Angeles. His main project is the acoustic jazz eleventet, the Industrial Jazz Group. He has scored several films and videos, including the award winning shorts Fish and Lunch by Sarah Jane Shute. He was once a member of the (now-defunct) vocal ensemble, the Evelyn Situation. Some folks also claim that he has written a rock opera, a screenplay, and an innovative arrangement of Stephen Sondheim's score for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He studied composition with his CD player, and before that, with his turntable.

Durkin's doctoral dissertation, Decomposition: A Critique of Musical Authorship and Authenticity, may be published someday. When the sun comes up he puts on the hat of a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Southern California's Institute for Multimedia Literacy, where he spends most of his time reading about and fiddling with new technology.

My Favorites

  1. Charles Mingus - Changes One and Two
  2. Mingus - Mingus Ah Hum
  3. Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
  4. Frank Zappa - Burnt Weeny Sandwich
  5. Zappa - We're Only In It For the Money
  6. Zappa - Zappa in New York
  7. Zappa - Jazz From Hell
  8. Duke Ellington - Black, Brown, and Beige
  9. Ellington - Far East Suite
  10. Ellington - Cotton Club Recordings
  11. Sam Cooke - Sam Cooke: The Man and His Music
  12. Howlin' Wolf: The Real Folk Blues
  13. Joni Mitchell - Blue
  14. Henryk Gorecki - Symphony No. 3
  15. Miles Davis - Filles de Kilimanjaro
  16. Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy - I Only Have Eyes For You
  17. Stan Getz / Kenny Barron - People Time
  18. Stan Kenton - City of Glass
  19. Moondog - Sax Pax for a Sax
  20. Various Artists - The Doo Wop Box
  21. Raymond Scott - The Music of Raymond Scott: Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights
  22. Pharoah Sanders - Karma