who i am

My name is Connor Joseph Bell (b. 1979 in Oshkosh, WI USA). I currently live in the neighborhood of Beechmont in Louisville, KY USA with two little weens.

Music is a passion and I’ve publicly pursued sound in a variety of group outlets for over twenty-five years. At the same time, over the last twenty years, my solo vehicle has been Shedding. My other passion is history. I have a Master’s degree in history and taught for over twelve years before walking away in the fall of 2020. Perhaps I'll find a healthy atmosphere to return to education, as I do miss cultivating and engaging in meaningful, respectful, and thoughtful discussion and encouraging deeper thinking. Ideas matter. Until then, I’m exploring other paths.

Otherwise, I do a fair amount of the obvious (reading, cooking, gardening, travel), maybe the less obvious (watching baseball and hockey, playing tabletop roleplaying and strategy/war games), and finally I’m always trying to learn new things and keep up with the world’s events.

This website will gradually expand, but it’s currently the first little germinated seed from me dipping my toes into coding. If nothing else, it will help me think in different ways and I’m already making connections between traditional programming and applying it to computer music, composition, and synthesis.


winter 2021/2022 currents

listening

  • Steely Dan Anything and everything
  • Erykah Badu Anything and everything
  • Exael Anything and everything
  • Evan Parker "Monoceros", "Saxophone Solos", and "Six of One"
  • Patricia Anything and everything
  • Talk Talk Anything and everything
  • Depeche Mode "Music for the Masses" and "Some Great Reward"
  • watching

  • Equinox, miniseries (2020)
  • The Night Manager (2016)
  • Archive 81 (2022)
  • Toast of Tinseltown (2022)
  • Valhalla Murders (2019)
  • Winter Olympics
  • The Chestnut Man (2021)
  • Struggle: The Life and Lost art of Szukalski (2018)
  • Death Ship (1980)
  • Rashomon (1950)
  • Black Christmas (1974)
  • Last and First Men (2020)
  • Soldier of the Road: Portrait of Peter Brötzmann (2012)
  • reading

  • "Convenience Store Woman" by Sayaka Murata
  • "Structure and Synthesis" by Mark Fell
  • "The Big Midweek: Life Inside the Fall" by Olivia Piekarski and Steve Hanley
  • "Dilla Time" by Dan Charnas
  • "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" by Shunryu Suzuki
  • "Earthlings" by Sayaka Murata