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New Music for Electric Guitar (April 24 2015)

On April 24 I presented a solo recital of some of my music (including the new Trakl poems) and  some new-ish music for solo electric guitar.  On the program: Murail “Vampyr!” Varèse “Density 21.5″ Gubaidulina “Serenade” Sagala “Five Poems from Trakl” Stockhausen “Spiral” Sagala “…falling silent” Friday, April 24, 2015 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM SUNY Fredonia […]

Oneonta

SUNY Sound Gallery (April 21, 2015)

My “Five Poems from Trakl” will premiered on this concert at SUNY Oneonta: SoundGallery is a presentation of works in the acousmatic tradition, works composed specifically for audio playback systems. The style of presenting musical works in this manner dates back to the 1940s when Pierre Schaefer, and his contemporaries, began presenting works of musique […]

Trakl

“Five Poems from Trakl”

Last month I was approached by Brett Mastellar of SUNY Oneonta to have a piece of mine played on an upcoming SoundGallery event there. Starting a new project sounded like a great idea, and I began throwing around some ideas for a new work with voice actress Beate Müller.  I’ve been interested in the poetry […]

Grenzen

“die Grenzen der Sprache” (2014). Alto flute/Flute, B♭ clar, Tuba, Percussion, Piano.

eng [the Limits of Language]. A work for Alto flute/Flute, B♭ clarinet, Tuba, Percussion, Piano.  To be premiered in Münster on June 10, 2014. In an attempt to further explore the difficult question of ‘meaning’ in my music, I turn more and more to studying linguistic parallels.  This in turn has led me to Wittgenstein, […]

Ensemble:Hörsinn

Portrait Concert in Münster – ensemble:hörsinn (2014)

On June 10, ensemble:hörsinn presented a portrait concert of my work at the BlackBox in Münster, Germany. The pieces performed were “Stalking the Wild Moon” performed by Gereon Voß, “through autumn into winter” performed by Pavel Tseliapniou and Deborah Rawlings, “Solstice2″ by Deborah Rawlings, “the Strand (3.262)” played by Norbert Fabritius, and “die Grenzen der Sprache” an […]

spaces

“spaces : between : time” (2004) for flute(also picc), B♭ clarinet (also bass cl.), violin, cello, piano.

spaces : between : time, completed in December 2004, is a work exploring the juxtaposition of contrasting musical ideas and later the subsequent melding and interplay between those ideas.   The most striking pair of elements used here is comprised of rhythmic ideas, and takes the form of short, percussive, staccato attacks and longer, legato, more […]

tenebrae

“Tenebrae” (2008). for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano

Tenebrae was written in fulfillment of a commission from the New York New Music Ensemble. One of the main issues I dealt with in composing Tenebrae was the exploration of methods of transition between various types of timbral/harmonic constructs.  Forward motion and formal narrative relies on gradual transformative processes that change one structural harmony into another. […]

The Strand (3.262) trumpet with max.msp

“the Strand (3.262)” (2014). trumpet with MaxMSP

A composition for trumpet and Max/MSP.  Premiered in Münster, Germany on June 10, 2014. This work, written along side die Grenzen der Sprache, is intended as it’s companion piece.  Building on the idea of exploring ‘limits’ as in die Grenzen, the compositional processes used to build the narrative function primarily in the rhythmic, more so than pitch, domain.  The […]

OpenMusic multiplication

OM Melodic Multiplication

This OpenMusic patch takes two input chords (X and Y), and “multiplies” them together, producing a contour of pitches that present the notes of Y at each pitch level of X, similar to the multiplicative properties found in Boulez’s ‘Le Marteau”.  The resultant material is presented as chords and exploded melody. Contact me if you’re interested […]

Cheshire Cat

“durch den Spiegel” (2013)

durch den Spiegel  [through the mirror] is a reference to the surreal world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice. Familiar, real world sounds are mixed and juxtaposed against impossible mutations and warping of those sounds.  While not meant to narrate any specific story, a sense of motion is created through the continually changing kaleidoscope of unsettled sounds. Stereo […]

Open Music chordal cascades

OM Chordal cascades

This is anOpenMusic patch that takes an input chord, and creates three cascading streams of arpeggiation from those notes.  The contour of the notes (ascending, descending, waves, etc. ) and their speeds  (accelerating, decelerating, etc.) are all individually controllable with BPFs.  Each line can be exported to XML.  A very useful patch.       […]