Immersion is my latest video collaboration with artist Seth Rouser. Immersion was created for and premiered at the Water in the World: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Access and Sustainability conference at Winthrop University held on November 7, 2015 in Rock Hill, SC USA. It is a tribute to the inherent beauty of moving water. Seth includes images of water in its gaseous form alongside images of moving water in liquid form. The emphasis is on motion and the surface qualities of moving water. I wanted to reflect and amplify the motion and surface reflection aspects of water in Seth’s video. I chose guitar and bass, with a few synthesized pads for the source materials for the music. The constant and steady motion of water on our planet is represented by a constant and even flow of notes in the guitar part. The music was recorded in my home studio and I performed all of the guitar, bass, and synthesizer parts. It was a pleasure to work once again with Seth and I hope to do more projects with him in the future.
The anacoustic zone is the region of the earth’s atmosphere, above an altitude of about 160 kilometers, where the distance between the air molecules is greater than the wavelength of sound, and sound waves can no longer be propagated. One thing I find attractive about composing electroacoustic digitally rendered music is the possibilities inherent in the ability to approach sound, and the transformation of sound, in ways that are not otherwise available. In Anacoustic Zones I was intrigued by the possibility of creating metaphorical anacoustic zones through which sound-generating sources pass into and out of and the sounds they emit are disintegrated or reanimated in the process. The substance of the music becomes the aural evidence of anacoustic processes acting on sound generating sources as they near, pass through, and emerge from these zones. It is the transition from a normal state to immersion in the anacoustic zone (or visa versa) that is elevated to the perceptual surface of the music. Each zone can have a unique effect on sound and disintegrate or reanimate it in different ways. Similarly, subtly different sounds may react differently as they approach or passes through the same zone. Content, gestures, and form are governed by the aural, surface evidence of the effect that each zone has on sound source materials. The result is a work that exists somewhere on the continuum between articulation and timbre. Special thanks to visual artist Seth Rouser who created this wonderful video translation/interpretation of the original audio.
Momentum is a collaboration with visual artist Seth Rouser and choreographer Val Ifill. It was based on an original concept by pianist Tomoko Deguchi (all Winthrop University faculty in the College of Visual and Performing Arts). The video was created by Seth and uses images of other Winthrop fine arts faculty works. Val supplied the choreography for dancer Kristin Ramirez. I composed the music and digital audio. The music features Winthrop faculty Tracy Patterson on alto saxophone and Tomoko Deguchi on piano. The chamber ensemble for the live performance included Jill O’Neill – flute, Deborah Loomer – clarinet, David Kulma – oboe, LH Dickert – guitar, and Thomas Hildreth – bass. This video shows Seth’s video with my studio rendering of the music. Momentum was written for the College of Visual and Performing Arts Showcase as part of the presidential inauguration celebration.
Digitritus is a collaboration with visual artist Seth Rouser. The video was created by Seth and I composed the music. The video features previous art works by Seth and found objects that he scanned then digitally altered. In addition to newly composed material, I also used fragments from my previous electroacoustic works re-contextualized, digitally processed, and edited. Digitritus was created for the 2013 Winthrop University Faculty Art Exhibit.
9 Dreams of Flying… is a collaboration between myself and visual artist Michael Compton and his design team at Envisual. 9 Dreams of Flying… scored for flute, violin, cello, piano, and video was written for the 2013 Charlotte New Music Festival. Special thanks to Elizabeth Kowalski for organizing CNMF 2013 and to the good people at Envisual for all their hard work rendering the visuals for this work. This performance features Out of Bounds Ensemble members and guests Erinn Frechette – flute, Tatiana Karpova – violin, Matthew Lavin – cello, and Tomoko Deguchi – piano.
///Elements for flute, cello, and piano was commissioned by the Blue Ridge Chamber Players and premiered at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC on February 3, 2013. It is based on art works from the NCMA permanent collection. The performance was accompanied by visuals featuring the art works each segment of the piece is based upon. This video features the Blue Ridge Chamber Players, Amy Orsinger Whitehead – flute, Nick Lampo – cello, and Tomoko Deguchi – piano.
Little Flowers was a collaboration between photographer and visual artist Phil Moody (video and images), myself (sound design), artist Gerry Derksen (video editing and technical support), composer Leonard Mark Lewis (vocal melody – sung by Brianna Valencia), with poetry by Siegfried Sassoon. During a trip to the UK Phil Moody had collected video and images that he brought to me with the idea for a dual screen outdoor projection with audio. Gerry Derksen provided video editing and technical support for the video and I created the sound design based on recordings of Mark Lewis’ setting for solo voice of Sassoon’s brief poetry excerpt. The result is a short video titled Fioretti or Little Flowers. Note that this is a low resolution version of the video. The premiere installation was projected on large dual screens outdoors at Winthrop University.
Swatch Book 1 was written on the occasion of my residency at High Point University in the spring of 2012. It is a Feldman-esque exploration of a single rhythm and a single sonority, cast and re-cast in a variety of contexts. Special thanks to JW Turner for inviting me to High Point University and for the opportunity to work with HPU students and create a new work for the occasion.