Overview

Welcome to Antonomasia Productions, home of the writings of Benjamin Gayle and the music of Charles Irving Gayle. Here you will find descriptions of works, links to purchase, and commentary. Books details the books that I have written and includes sample chapters so that you can evaluate my writing at no cost and decide whether it is worth paying to read more. Music covers the music of Charles Irving Gayle (my father). Sorting through his works is a long-running work-in-progress. A selection of his music is now available to listen to for free both here and on the Antonomasia Productions YouTube channel. Contact tells you how to contact me, and please do as I value feedback.


New This Week (22 February 2021): Scores (PDF) for Pooky deBarker, Steps, Places, and Not So Gentle Night.

Previous (07 February 2021): Uploaded 40 new videos to the YouTube channel, including Das Haus von Wittgenstein, Music from Roanoke Virginia, Colors, and Haunted Bedroom Furniture.

Previous (31 January 2021): Added 46 scores, mostly scans of manuscripts from the 1970s and 1980s. Added sound recording for Haunted Bedroom Furniture. Improved audio quality for Another Year and First Snow. Changed navigation: the Music link in the sidebar now points to the Works page (and, in case it wasn't clear, the images at the top of the music and books pages are tabs, click for more content).

Previous (29 January 2021): Wittgenstein Opera : Sound recordings and scores. Please read Note 70 for important background information regarding this work. I was able to clean up the scores using the Finale Notepad "freeware" and print them to PDF files, and generate the sound recordings. There are things the software would not do that I was previously able to do with Finale including page formatting and instrument selection (Notepad does not have an instrument package, only synthesised basic instrument sounds, not real sampled instruments; there is no output level control, which leads to audio distortion issues), but I think the recordings are listenable and the scores readable, if not perfect (again, if anyone would like to help with this financially, please contact me).

Previous (21 January 2021): New (to me) computer! I had inherited Charles's computer along with everything else. It was fully loaded with music software including the crucial Finale notation software for creating scores and generating audio playback. I had used that for much of the content of this site, mostly for editing audio files, but also my early attempts at cleaning up scores. That computer suffered a catastrophic hardware failure a few years ago. All of the data was backed up, but I lost the use of the software along with the computer. Now that I have a computer capable of running the software, I don't have the money to purchase it. Audacity has sufficiently replaced Sound Forge Audio Studio for audio editing. The Finale Notepad "freeware" is capable of some basic editing and playback, but falls far short of the full version Finale software (if anyone would like to help with this financially, please contact me). The short-term plan is to continue sorting through the backups and organising the projects, then clean up scores and generate sound recordings as I find available time.

Previous (01 January 2021): New book: 2020 dream journal Dreams of Twenty is released.

Previous (12 November 2020): Added links to purchase books at Barnes and Noble.

Previous (09 July 2020): Added a page for short stories and whatever else I might think up.

Previous (25 January 2020): Sample chapter of Dreams of Nineteen. Preview of Re-Entrant.

Previous (07 December 2019): Improved audio quality for most of the music (MP3) files available on the Works page. I have learned more about audio processing and made an attempt to fix some of the problems in the original recordings: DC offsets, channel imbalance, and clipping. One file still has click noise from the original recording that I don't yet know how to fix: "First Snow" on Valentine. The old tape recordings from the 1970s and 1980s still have hiss and transport noise. The YouTube files have not been updated yet.

Previous (10 August 2019): Added audiobook chapters for The Turtle Test, The Frost Bug Dreams, and Dreams of Eighteen.

Previous (24 February 2019): Dreams of Eighteen audiobook chapters on YouTube. This is a first attempt at recording myself reading. Should I record more? Let me know!

Previous (01 February 2019): New book is released — Dreams of Eighteen.

Previous (12 January 2019): Links to playlists for each collection on the YouTube channel, look for the [YT] tag in the works list. More YouTube content is on the way.

Previous (02 January 2019): Audio for 7 Lucky Elephants from Michigan (1992).

Previous (20 December 2018): Antonomasia Productions now has a YouTube channel.

Previous (18 November 2018): An essay by Charles Gayle, The Place of the Composer in the Music Community; notes 57-63 on Another Year, notes 64-68 on Dancin' for Dollars, note 69 on Pooky deBarker.

Previous (11 November 2018): Scores [PDF] uploaded for String Quartet No. 3, Another Year, 7 Lucky Elephants, Dancin' for Dollars, Disambiguations, Inanimate Characters, A Thousand Dead Monarchs, Toy Box.

Previous (29 October 2018): Footnote 55, on the recording of Peaks of Otter.