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First Light: Intro to War
Henry V: Rousing
Dracula: Lucy Is Ill

Sometimes I feel like an artist trapped in an engineer's body. That's why I created an individually designed degree in Music and Theater Production at WPI; there was no music or theater degree at the time, and I realized that I needed something to keep my artistic side active; creativity drives everything I do. It is an energy outlet (and source), it fuels my engineering work, it is social, it is expressive... you get the idea.

Early Music

When I was very small, my sister Paula and I used to sing together while she played the guitar ("...you can hear the whis-tle blowing, a hundred miles, a hun-dre-ed miiiiles..."). This was always a grand time, and I looked forward to it a lot. A couple years while we were vacationing at New Hampshire's Weirs Beach over the summers, my family nudged me into singing "God Bless America" for the crowd at the weekly talent show, and oddly, I won some awards for it. I also sang in a little variety show when I was in kindergarten, and was in the children's choir for church services.  But despite the fairly obvious breadcrumbs there, it never really occurred to me as I grew up that I could sing, and in fourth grade I started taking saxophone lessons.

There really was no escaping music around the house. Two of my sisters were in the high school chorus, one was a majorette; my dad started playing trumpet when he was 12 and has his own jazz combo and played with several other groups in the area at big and wonderful outdoors shows.  And my Mom has always been a fan of opera and occasionally liked to belt a bit (generally, to my dismay, while doing the laundry really, really early in the morning).  We also had an ancient, three-thousand-ton, way-out-of-tune player piano in the basement that Dad used to play (usually "Peg of My Heart") when he was in a certain difficult-to-define mood.

The first musical LP I can remember wanting to listen to over and over again is my sister's copy of K-Tel's Hooked On Classics (which I now own on CD).  I graduated to film scores with Ghostbusters and Back to the Future, and the first tape I remember buying with money I had earned was Danny Elfman's score for Batman in 1989. So I had a taste for instrumental music pretty early, and film scores are still my favorite genre.

Pep Band and Glee Club

When I got to college, I had been playing the saxophone in concert and marching bands for eight years, so it made sense that I should continue that in college. I joined the WPI Pep Band. But because I had developed an interest in musical theater just before leaving high school, I also wanted to try singing. When I saw a flyer posted for the WPI Glee Club I decided to give singing a shot.  The first rehearsal with these powerful male voices blew my doors off, and I was pleased and surprised I still had a voice to keep up with them!

Composition

When I started taking music courses at WPI, I discovered that MIDI sequencers make it easier for non-keyboardists to compose music. In my Counterpoint class I composed a short two-part invention including a little musical joke involving a set of bagpipes. Then I got ambitious and started composing songs for other peoples' creative projects, like a TV series that a couple of friends were planning to do called Rough Sketch. Then I lost my mind and offered to write and conduct an orchestral score for a WPI Masque production of Henry V (don't try this at home, kids, if you value your health). A year later I wrote a synthesized score for MW Repertory Theater's production of Dracula. And when I started acting with Clark University Radio Theater, I wrote some theme music for the series First Light, written and produced by my friend Dave Reed.

After I graduated and started making money, I started a home studio, which now includes a tricked-out Kurzweil K2000 rack mount, an E-Mu Orbit 3, a MOTU 2408 hard disk recorder connected to a PreSonus digital pre-amp, a Behringer Virtualizer Pro effects box, a couple C3000B condenser mics I love, and a pair of Sennheiser dynamic mics I haven't really used because of pre-amp strangeness not worth going into here. I also have a weighted-action MIDI controller keyboard that didn't do too well in the transition from Massachusetts to California, so it sometimes (sadly) decides it's the world's most complicated doorstop. Then again, I can't complain, because sometimes I feel like I steal its title.

Tom Guyette
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