Sunday 22nd Feb 2004
REDESIGN OF WEBSITE

After discovering that my previous website design didn't render well in non-Pc Internet Explorer (Mozilla, Netscape and IE on MAC) I set to revamp the site using frames rather than files converted from Microsoft Word.

This involved learning HTML over the last week, using tutorials at this great free site www.w3schools.com

Friday 20th Feb 2004
OPENING NIGHT OF "THE CRUCIBLE"

Went to the opening night of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" this evening, produced by Harvest Rain Theatre Company, performed at Sydney Street Theatre, and directed by Nerida Jaaniste (whom I'm married to).

Thursday 19th Feb 2004
ORCHESTRAL WORKSHOP WITH THE QLD ORCHESTRA

The Qld Orchestra held a full-day rehearsal call to perform extracts of works by The Qld Orchestra Composer Affiliates, who are myself, Toby Wren, Freeman McGrath, Lynette Lancini and Alan Lawrence. All composers had a work performed except Alan (who had been away from a while in Europe).

Testing out my piece "Study for ...if, then, we shall live together" went rather well and I had the chance to try out a whole range of timbral and dynamic adjustments to my material. Most surprising and gorgeous sound was pianissimo artificial harmonics played by second violins, with sul tasto (much more sublime than the usual ponti celli!).

This workshop has definitely given me the confidence and several key ideas to work the piece up to full length (hopefully around 20-35mins).

Many thanks to Ben Lancini who, off his own back, brought his own gear in and recorded the whole day for our personal archives.

Tuesday 17th Feb 2004
CHANGE TO PHD SUPERVISION TEAM

Today changes to my PhD supervision team at Qld University of Technology Creative Industries were confirmed. My primary supervisor is now Dan Mafe (lecturer in Visual Arts), who has been my associate supervisor since I began the PhD last year in March. My associate supervisor is Zane Trow (associate professor of Performance Innovation), and I will also be looking for a second associate supervisor, from the field of web design.

Many thanks to Richard Vella who was my previous primary supervisor (associate supervisor in Music).

Saturday 14th Feb 2004
FEATURED IN LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE

Picked up a copy of the February edition of ABC's Limelight Magazine. Fenella Kernebone's column (titled "Garden Art", p104) is devoted to the temporary public art work I produced for the Straight Out of Brisbane Festival last December. This series of artworks was called "Random Acts of HortiCulture" and involved planting grass seeds in geometric patterns in parklands around Fortitude Valley in Brisbane.

Nice quote: "Other than some interesting new media, there was only one work I was keen to check out..."

Sunday 8th Feb 2004
NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED

lukejaaniste.com is launched.