Tag Archives: voice

New Piece Coming!

16 Mar

I’m working on a new piece to play with Geoff Deibel in Florida at the end of April! The tentative title is “Man was proud” and is for Tenor Saxophone, voice and electronics. I’m exploring a couple things with it:

I’ve been thinking about creation myths lately (with the help of my friend Corrina) and have been trying to marry it with some other ideas I’ve been wanting to use for a while. There will be some pop-style sampling, lots of indeterminacy in electronics, and live processing of voice and sax, making them sound like recordings from different ages. More coming soon!

Back To New York

8 Sep

Back to New York

This started as an old viola quartet with piano that I wrote years ago as a recording project about a friend.  This adaptation includes text about a person I met a couple of times in different dreams in a strange period of my dreaming life.  I kept meeting people, having completely regular interactions, small talk, learning their names and where they were from.  The character I describe in the text is one of those people – one that reminds me of the friend the quartet was originally about.

I ran into the dream character a number of times:  commiserating on a bus on the way to a conference in New York, painting in a cave offshoot of a basement of an abandoned dormitory cafeteria, at a punk show in Detroit…. After a music conference she presented at in New York, she showed me the beautiful ruins of an old pool in the main student union.  I recognized the pool as the one that used to be the end of a gauntlet in a recurring dream I had as a child, and she revealed to me that she used to be the monster at the bottom of the then-murky pool.  Strange stuff.