And After – Now Hear Ensemble Album “Made In California”

“And After” is my contribution to Now Hear Ensemble’s “Made In California Project. The album for the project has just been released – on iTunes, Amazon etc..

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Here’s a link to my track (Shameless self promotion) –

Here’s the whole album –

I’ll post live videos from the Stanford and CNMAT performances, and a version with the accompanying interactive video sometime sometime soon

The Experimental Music Yearbook 2012/2013

So the lamps, photosensors, and colours got yet another outing. This time assisted by Laura Steenberge and John Granzow in a piece called “She’s only Singing”

Just the performance

The Center for New Music

And here’s the link to the full entry

The 2012/2013 issue was curated by Casey Anderson, Scott Cazan, John P. Hastings, and Laura Steenberge – Thanks all


Performed by Pechitos Ecuestres, this is an hour long absurdist performance for voice, two guitars, and video. I’ll post a score when I’ve had a chance when I can find what drives I have it stored on!

Thanks to the guys for all the work they put into this, it is not an easy piece… and it’s an hour long. I tried to remaster the audio a little so there is some hiss that got boosted but the instruments can be heard clearer and the dynamic range is maintained. And special thanks to┬áJorge Portillo for the video of the performance.

Make sure your sitting comfortably : )

Between Bare Trees And Falling Leaves

Between Bare Trees And Falling Leaves:

Skry 2:

So here are two pieces that utilizes the same technology and audio material, a sort of theme and variation. Originally “Between Bare Trees And Falling Leaves” was designed and composed for The Daniel Pearl Memorial held in Stanford University’s Memorial Chapel October 3rd 2012. During a performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons short “microclimates” were performed between each movement – my piece was placed between Autumn and Winter.

There were certain filming restrictions during the event and so I was actually out of shot during the concert; this video was taken during the sound check and it’s audio has been replaced by the audio of the live performance.

Skry 2: “Skrying is a magic practice that involves seeing things psychically in a medium, usually for purposes of obtaining spiritual visions and less often for purposes of divination or fortune-telling”, thank you very much wikipedia! The piece is an extended realization of “Between Bare Trees and Falling Leaves”. This version was performed at CCRMA, Stanford University, and also includes a close up projection that allows you to see how the food coloring interacts with the water over the duration of the piece. Movement near the water also causes it to move/oscillate – this is most noticeable near the end of the video when I walk out of shot.I think this was performed on October 25th 2012. I’m currently working on a third iteration of this piece. I think the audio/performance need a little reworking and I’ll probably try a different setting….. time will tell.

So this is what you can do with Supercollider, Food Coloring, Arduino, and Photo-resistors. Thanks as always to Dave Kerr for the filming of both videos.

The two other inserted “microclimates” can be seen/heard here:

Laura Steenberg (A love song for a woman named mia) –

Holly Herdon (Solo Voice) –

The Workshop At The Back Of The Barracks

This piece is an interactive situation/installation inspired by various elements of The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien.

Those who encountered the piece follow simple instructions, which explain how the anglepoise lamp should be moved. A microphone with high gain – with pitch shifter and limited output – is hidden near the lamp. The movement of the lamp changes the sound and also changes the lighting cast onto the object/sculptural elements in front of the participant. The central sculptural element is a magnifying lens, which points towards a set of gradually shrinking pieces of bent metal gauze. Still images of these element will be available soon.

This realization was set-up in the old MAX Lab at CCRMA Stanford University. There are three sample encounters in the following video


This piece was an attempt to make a simple electronic audience participation piece. In the end I’m not sure whether the end result is funny or sinister – it’s pretty easy to get people to scream and do your bidding!

On a related note – “You can not petition the the Lord with prayer”, Jim Morrison screaming during the opening The Soft Parade.


This is a short flute and electronic piece written for the Talea Ensembles visit to Stanford University in May 2012. The idea for the pieces is unusually singularly-narrative, not something I normally do in instrumental music. I went through a month or two thinking about how call centers and automated phone lines are both excruciatingly annoying and well (and by well I mean evil!) designed. They turn back on us, led us astray, distort or comments, ware us out….etc….etc….. we’ve all been there!


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