My name is Bill Baird. I'm a composer of music, mostly. I also make music videos, direct a public access tv show, write humorous/absurdist tracts and poetry, run a letterpress machine, teach on occasion, and tramp the outdoors. I'm currently a TA at Mills College in Oakland, earning an MFA in Electronic Music.
I enjoy liminal spaces in my music and in my life, generally. For those unfamiliar with the term, 'liminal space' refers to a place of uncertainty. A liminal space is the place in between.
Is he serious or not? Why does that chord keep repeating? Is he meaning to do that?
For me, these moments of uncertainty comprise the most exciting moments of life. New ideas are born. Classifications become irrelevant. Ideally, I can create a process which actually ends up guiding me. I create a system that sweeps me away, and not even I know what will happen next. It's thrilling, spontaneous, immediate, and can sometimes end up a colossal failure. The risk is worth the reward.
Not sure I even need to mention this, but... humor is, for me, essential, even if the work is quite serious. Laughter is transcendence.
I have composed for all sorts and sizes of ensembles, for many film scores, recorded for many labels, toured the world, starred in films, and self-published books and albums galore. For more details, see my big long list of works.
Thanks for your interest.