Mixed Messages from the Other Side

Here is version one of a new piece – Mixed Messages from the Other Side – recorded live by Splinter Reeds at CCRMA last Friday. Reed quintet with live electronics – variable band pass filtered feedback, a little pitch tracking, and a reversed noise gate… this is a strange one…

Thanks to Kyle Bruckmann (oboe), Bill Kalinkos (clarinet), David Wegehaupt (saxophone), Jeff Anderle (bass clarinet), and Dana Jessen (bassoon).

A full score, a video of the CCRMA performance, and a second version of the piece from Saturday’s Center For New Music concert to come.

Also, go buy their album – Got Stung

Recent bits and pieces

October 2015 and editing, processing, and posting of some recent materials is not happening quite as fast as I hoped. However, there are very good reasons for this. Life is musically very busy and so far the real world is still better than the virtual world, so I figure it is better to concentrate on the real-world-musically-busy-life while the going is good. For now, here are some extracts and rough edits of bits and pieces from the last few months. They’ll be replaced by better edited video and higher quality audio versions over the coming few weeks.

An excerpt from – Up Upon The Rhizome (May 2015)

Soprano – Tony Arnold, Tuba –  Max Murray, A Very Large Space – The Entrance Lobby of The Cantor Arts Center (Special thanks to the Staff at the Cantor who very kindly and very supportively turned over their art museum to some colleagues and I for several evenings), a single speaker playing mono fixed media and slightly distorted amplification of the performers. This piece is something of a response to the Deborah Butterfield Untitled (commonly know as one of her Driftwood Horse Statues) in the entrance lobby of the Cantor. Thanks to Tony and Max for their incredible work, which made the night a really great success… the world needs more Soprano and Tuba pieces!!!

Diegesis – Something Like In Memoriam (March 2015)

Thanks to the amazing Levy Lorenzo and Dennis Sullivan

collectively aka…

Radical 2

One camera angle version of a scene for two musician/actors, piano, percussion, fixed electronics (Utilizing Modal Distortion – currently under development by Professor Jonathan Abel), live electronics, arduino/photosensor controlled fan, and ultrasonic speaker. In a live performance the fan moves the signal from the ultrasonic speaker around the performance space. A three camera version with higher quality audio – in which you can hear the final section of ultrasonic spatialization better – is on the way

Also, here are two parts from a series of pieces I’ve recently made called Are You Dancing? Each piece uses the same set of building materials in various combinations. SuperCollider plays audio files that use Modal Reverb, Pitch Shifting, and Pitch Inversion plug-ins currently under development by Professor Jonathan Abel. In addition, SuperCollider is also used to control band-pass filtered feedback patches, which process live and recorded guitar and bodhrán tracks.

The first piece in the series is for Laptop Orchestra live-coding elements of the SuperCollider code. This will get an airing in December in Iowa. The second piece (performed at CICTeM 2015) is for video and 4-channel audio, here I am posting the video with a stereo mix. This third piece is for fixed and live electronics, electric guitar, and bodhrán in 8-Channels. The live version here uses non-mastered camera audio from CCRMA’s 2015 Transitions concerts.

Are You Dancing? The Second Assemblage (September 2015)

Are You Dancing? 3rd Iteration (September 2015)

Finally, I just received some files from some recently graduated UCSD performance students: Pablo Gómez Cano, guitar; Scott Worthington, double bass; and Dustin Donahue, percussion. They performed and recorded a piece last April that I wrote for them… one more thing to be edited and posted soon… In the meantime check out Scott Worthington’s recent album of Double Bass works:


Who Heard What And When

Thanks to Séverine Ballon for the two fantastic performances of this new piece – at CCRMA and at The Center For New Music in SF.

Cello, Diskclavier, live electronics controlling variable band-pass amplification and filtered feedback.

Enjoy –

Around 10 ’til 3

Thanks to the wonderful Jack Quartet  ( http://www.jackquartet.com ) for playing this piece at CCRMA (Stanford) and for all the concerts they gave on their West Coast tour.

This piece is for amplified string quartet (through Supercollider). The gain of the microphones is set extremely high and then limited extremely hard. The frequency of a filter (one for each instrument) is then moved up and down over the course of the piece. This processing produces various pops, rumbles, and occasional soft feedback. The result is then sent through 8 channels creating a strange low-fi texture, which hovers above/around the live sound. Please enjoy this stereo rendering.


Morning in the Manor

This is a stereo rendering of a piece for Ensemble and 8-channel Electronics.

Many thanks to Ensemble Dal Neinte for the performance:

Constance Volk, Flute

Andrew Nogal, Oboe

Ryan Muncy, Alto Sax

Amanda DeBoer Barlett Soprano

J. Austin Wulliman, Violin

Serafim Smigelskiy, Cello

Mark Buchner, Bass

The electronics are both live and fixed. The live element consist of a supercollider patch that generates photosensor controlled sine waves and a”reversed” gate that processes and distorts the voice and ensemble at various shifting time intervals.

Recent Pieces and Recordings

Pangenesis – For Yarn Wire: Percussion, Pianos, and electronics


Barratry – For Ensemble Adapter: Flutes, Clarinets, Harp, Percussion, and electronics


And After – For Now Hear Ensemble: Clarinet, Alto Sax, Percussion, Viola, and Double Bass




Here is a dance piece choreographed by Cuauhtemoc Mitote Dance Company. The music consists of samples controlled by photosensor, live feedback, and large metal object. (Thanks to Sasha Leitman for the use the large metal object – one half of an oil barrel!)

Dancers: Cuauhtemoc Mitote and Javier Frèsquez

This took place as part of an evening curated by Laura Steenberge at CCRMA in May 2013.