Music Projects

Music! Here I store my various music projects. This page serves as an introduction to my musical skills, while I have a separate one for dizi (笛子) materials, and yet another one for compositions. Eventually if I have even more digital music, it will have a page on its own, but for now, it'll just be hosted on this page.

Experience

I have been making music since I was very young. My first instrument was the melodica at 6, but it was for a one-off kindergarten graduation performance. Since then, I have played various instruments over the years, primarily as the woodwind champion at the Teck Ghee Community Club Chinese Orchestra (德义民众俱乐部华乐团). I have also jammed regularly with the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Kiltie Band, as well as the Flute Choir of CMU, when I was an undergraduate there.

My proficiencies are provided in the table below, in rough descending order of familiarity.

Mun Thye's Musical Instrument Proficiencies
InstrumentFamiliarityYear
Started
dizi (笛子, specifically 小笛、梆笛、曲笛、大笛)Lead/Solo1992
xiao (箫, specifically 洞箫)Lead/Solo1999
Mountain OcarinaSolo2007
Concert FluteLead (华乐); 2nd Flute (CB, FC)2008
PiccoloLead (华乐); Amateur2011
Bass FluteCello-cover (华乐); Amateur2016
bawu (巴乌)Amateur2017
Soprano SaxophoneAmateur2006
Alto SaxophoneAmateur2008
Soprano ClarinetAmateur2009
Pocket SaxophoneAmateur2009
Tenor SaxophoneAmateur2019

A side on terms used in familiarity: ``amateur'' means I know the basics of the instrument and can play tunes on it, but have never played in an official performance (one-off or consistently). Some instruments have more than one level of familiarity---they represent the manner in which I have been playing them against the expected use case. So for Concert Flute, we find that I have played lead with it in the Chinese Orchestra (华乐) context, but was Second Flute in Concert Band (CB) and Flute Choir (FC).

Such qualitative statements are necessary because I have not and will not take any examinations to obtain a grade for my level of instrument playing. Making music is my hobby---I play these instruments for fun.

Instruments

I used to keep my list of instruments here, but the list was starting to get a little unwieldy (haha), so it has been spawned off to its own page.

Digital Music

I used to think that I would spend time creating digital music, either original or from sampling/remixing. It turns out that I did not really have that kind of interest. So this section is currently quite sad and have only one piece of work hosted on Dropbox to avoid bandwidth issues.

  1. Frogs in the Cave, the final composition for the Introduction to Computer Music class that I took in Spring 2009.

These days, as I am slowly evolving my role from performer to that of composer, I am focusing on composition instead.

Nyquist Tuning Layer

Back in Spring 2009, I took a fun class (Introduction to Computer Music). For my final project, I wrote a tuning layer that sits between the user program and the underlying Nyquist system.

Check out the help file over in the legacy section of this website re-write/re-design and download the code from there.