Category «Electroacoustic»

Flute for mezzo-soprano and fixed media (2013)

Composed for Katherine Crawford and given its premiere performance at Electronic Music Midwest in 2013. The poetry is by Robert Fanning and is included in the score. Special thanks to the Freesound.org users ethang, laureci, ephemeral-rift, and sandyrb for their sonic contributions and to Laura Patterson whose live performance of my piece All My Dreams are Silent …

Near Burning for fixed media (2005)

I first read “Near Burning” around 1997 when my in-laws gave me an anthology of contemporary poetry. The imagery and language provoked a strong emotional and spiritual reaction. For almost a decade I returned to the poem as a vehicle for contemplation. In 2005, I felt musically able to respond to the emotions and ideas …

Bad Villager for fixed media (2007)

Bad Villager was inspired by a news story (and photographs) of a Bösendorfer piano falling off the back of a loading truck. Someone was quick enough with a camera to take pictures but I wish that someone would have been equally quick with a microphone. All of the samples come from the Freesound user batchku’s …

Blue Jaunte for fixed media (2007)

The inspiration for this work comes from Alfred Bester’s sci-fi classic The Stars My Destination. Gully, the anti-hero of the story, is taken to the prison Gouffre Martel, a place of total darkness and isolation. Many inhabitants of the prison become mad within this total isolation and end their lives with a “blue jaunte” in …

Carnival Daring-Do video collaboration with Carla Poindexter (2007)

In quantum physics, there is no such thing as negative space. Everything is filled. In the animated short, Carnival Daring-Do, inevitably propelled characters journey into fields of energized micro and macro space, in a mind-expanding reverie touching on current philosophic preoccupations, cosmic homesickness, and lyrical emotions. “You find yourself floating high above a rolling gray, …