This is the "inside" film of Cascades, my favorite bell composition. Sorry about the difficulty of hearing the song; that's how it is inside the room. I think this is a better example of the ringing process than the actual sound. My entire recital is here and here.

Epic - Where I'll be working

Next year, I'll be joining a few other Ephs at Epic, an awesome company located in Madison, WI. I'll admit that when I initially applied, I thought of Epic as a long-shot - I didn't know if the position I was applying for was a good fit, and Wisconsin didn't even border any states I had visited. After this, though, came a whole series of interesting and fascinating screening methods, all of which I'm afraid I'm already too loyal to reveal. :P

What I will say, though, is that the screening process was smart enough for Epic to figure out that I had applied for the wrong job. And so, when I received an offer to fly out to Wisconsin, it was for a different gig - one that was much more exciting, and much better fitting my interests and aptitudes. But still - Wisconsin? My skepticism changed with two events.

First, my friend A, another Project Manager to-be, sold me on the company. That's a nice story by itself (I'll be going there with at least two other '11 Ephs, not to mention other Williams grads already employed), but consider the time: 2 am. And the place: a rugby pitch.

You see, A and myself were both volunteering for a 24-hour Rugby match for charity, happening between 8 am Saturday the 23rd of April and 8 am on Sunday the 24th, which also happened to be Easter. And so, after my midnight Easter vigil, I came down to the field. Drei asked about my employment situation, and I told him I was flying to this "Epic" company in Madison, not remembering that Andrei was from Madison, or that he would be working at Epic.

And so, standing by the pitch, as the players took a sanctioned break, I was sold on the company I hadn't visited yet. Flying there confirmed everything that Andrei had told me: Epic is an open company: the middle picture on the left shows the giant assembly hall where they hold a monthly all-company meeting where honesty and transparency are the name of the game. Their cafeteria uses a ton of natural light, and their corridors was wonderfully designed, as is their landscaping. The campus is gorgeous, no one has a cubicle, and in the winter, you can take underground tunnels between all of the buildings.

Most importantly, though, are Epic core values. I can't find them online anywhere, but here's a teaser:  Epic has a treehouse, recycles 65% of construction waste (and there is always construction thanks to the explosive growth), has a working farm with cows, uses a geothermal system to heat/cool the buildings, offers many neat benefits, and most importantly, holds confidentiality sacrosanct, even as the company allowed me, a recruit, to wonder around the various buildings to see for myself that the entire place was as neat as the smidgen I had seen on my tour.

What will I be doing? Essentially, I'll be making Epic's software work, which is precisely in line with what I hope to do with the rest of my life - to enable better processes to serve more people at lower cost. Epic is a fantastic place to start that journey, and I'm looking forwards to my time there.

Good Day

Life is good.

My Senior Recital

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(text courtesy of the Williams Dept. of Music)


The Williams College Department of Music will present a senior recital featuring William Slack on Thursday, May 12 at 4 p.m. in Thompson Memorial Chapel on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.
Slack will be playing the Thompson Memorial Chapel Chime and the audience can enjoy it anywhere on campus where they can hear them. He will play pieces by George Alfred Grant-Shaefer, George Harrison, Howard Shore, Robert Wadsworth Lowry, Talcott Banks, and Richard Rodgers as well as some of his own original compositions.

About the Carillonneur:
William Slack ’11, of Decatur, Georgia, began ringing in 2007. He has performed and arranged numerous songs for the bells, from hymns to pop music, in addition to original compositions. Will also plays the piano, trombone, and djimbe, and has sung with the Williams Chamber and Concert Choirs under Brad Wells.

About the Chime:
Installed in the autumn of 1904, the Thompson Memorial Chapel Chime consists of 10 bells tuned in an Eb Major scale with an additional ninth and a flat seventh, accommodating music in the keys of Eb Major, Ab Major, and F Minor. The Chime is played via a console of levers that are directly attached via lengthy wires to heavy clappers, which the Carillonneur pulls into the bells with varying intensity, depending on the desired dynamic.