“les cloches isolées, la nuit vide…” (2009). for cello and Max/MSP.

(The Lonely Bells, the Empty Night) is a spectrally driven work centered around the fusion of a bell timbre with that of the cello’s C string. The merging of the cello’s acoustic world and that of the other-wordly tape sounds is facilitated by the processing of the cello sound with reverb and echo, and by virtue […]

“le parallèle est devenu oblique” (2008). for alto saxophone, piano, and Max/MSP.

le parallèle est devenu oblique was written in the early summer of 2008. The compositional style represents an evolution of my personal language; with focus now shifted more toward timbral considerations (via instrumental techniques and signal processing) and a more macro-level approach toward handling gesture, and ultimately form. I was attracted to the idea of […]

“Jukai” (2009). for alto recorder, harpsichord, and Max/MSP.

The Japanese word Jukai (樹海) refers to a very dense forest region, and is generally used to describe the forest of Aokigahara, at the foot of Mt. Fuji.  The forest of Aokigahara is reputed a center of supernatural activity, unfortunately owing to the unusually high number of suicides that occur there.     This work draws inspiration […]

“Still Life (with Resonance)” (2009). for saxophone quartet.

“Still Life (with Resonance)” (2009). for saxophone quartet. The concept of the ‘still life’ as practiced by graphic artists poses an interesting problem when applied to the dynamic flow of music.  In this work, the musical material consists of quick jolts of energy balanced by periods of slow, cloudlike harmonic formations that act as resonance […]

“through autumn into winter” (2009). for flute, piano and Max/MSP.

…through autumn into winter (for C flute and piano, with electronics).  This work has much in common in terms of technique with my other recent compositions, yet has a particular character that was composed to be evocative of a series of autumn and winter scenes. In the northern United States, dark winters make up a significant […]

Prime Form Calculator

A simple, but not very attractive, prime form calculator.  I used this as an exercise in manipulation of table data. It doesn’t show Forte numbers. Perhaps I’ll update it someday, but there are so many more elegant calculators on the web already… 🙂   Please contact me if you’re interested in the patch.       […]

Harmonic Interpolator

Harmonic Interpolator. The user inputs various frequencies/pitches for both a ‘starting’ chord and a ‘finishing’ chord, and the patch will calculate interpolated harmonies that morph one into the other via voice leading.  The user may select how many interpolated chords are created.  It works pretty well, but I have an OpenMusic patch that is more […]