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Logical Conclusions

For Double Bass and Max/MSP
June, 2018
Duration: ~10 mins

This piece takes audio from the composed and improvised material that the bassist generates and loops that audio, up to six times, changing the speed, pitch, and direction of the loop as the piece changes. The piece follows from small intervals that spin out of one central tone, and creates a web of sonic material from a relatively limited set of musical material.

I wrote this piece at the request of an incredible bassist, but no sooner than I finished it his bass split open and he was unable to practice it. So as of now, it languishes unplayed. I hope we have a chance to present it sometime in the near future. If you're interested in presenting it or performing it, please send me an email.

Accompanying Max/MSP patch available upon request.

Resound

for solo piano
November 2017
Duration: ~8 minutes

This is the first of my "playing card pieces;" pieces in which pitch, rhythmic, and form structures were derived from playing cards. All of these pieces were testing grounds for what would eventually become "Numerology."

I really love this piece, and I hope it has a life. It has yet to be performed, although a fantastic pianist has agreed to play it. Hopefully it will happen soon. If you're interested in playing it or presenting it, please contact me!

Etude No. 1

For improvising pianist and interactive score
February 2017
Duration: ~10 minutes

Etude No. 1 is a concert etude for an improvising pianist. By definition, an etude focuses on specific technical challenges. This etude keeps with that tradition by focusing on challenges related to improvisational technique. It takes as a starting point a relatively limited scope of material, and presents the pianist with several points of entry into that material. This particular etude uses a single pitch collection as its starting point, deriving all of its material from that one collection.

The score for this piece is triggered using Max. The score is split up into seven “scenes”. In all but one scene, the performer is required to manually advance from one scene to the next. One scene moves automatically to the next scene.

The score in the PDF reader below is a PDF version of the Max patch. If you'd like to purchase the Max patch or the PDF version of the score, contact me directly.

People In The Home

For solo piano and delay pedal
November 2016
Duration: ~11 minutes

 

A meditation on the nature of composition, improvisation, and homes.

A month after moving into a new apartment with my then-fianceé Carmen, I turned randomly to a page in the I Ching. The hexagram listed was called "People in the Home". This became a mantra for thinking about spaces -- who occupies them, and what ghosts from previous occupants linger.

I think of this piece as a character study; it's meant to evoke a particular mood more than sound a particular way.

Brought to life masterfully by Sonya Belaya: