Sound and Music Computing Conference in Helsinki

I was excited to return to greater Helsinki to present my work at the Sound and Music Computing conference at Aalto University. I also got to record with some more of the terrific improvisers in the area! I performed Shankcraft with Sergio Castrillón, presented Raveshift (installation), and a paper on Ferin Martino.

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Second Prize and Featured Lecture at Bourges

MusInfo’s Art & Science Days will include a new work of mine, commissioned as a result of wining Second Prize in the Concours de Bourges. They also asked me to give the featured lecture on relationships between art amd science. I’m looking forward to visiting MusInfo and meeting violinist Emma Lloyd (Scotland/Paris), who will premiere my new work, in Bourges, France!

Returning to the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia

I just received word that my work was one of 18 pieces (out of 200+ submissions from 35 countries) for the CEMI Circles festival tutus October at my alma mater, the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia at the University of North Texas. I know the venue well for helping upgrade and run it as a doctoral fellow: it’s going to rock the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater with its 28.3 channel speaker system and three screens!

Arts Fellowship from TAMU’s Vice President for Research

It’s quite an honor to be one of seven TAMU professors in the Arts and the Humanities to be selected for a three-year fellowship. 

This fellowship will provide the last bit of funding for my first solo CD through Big Round Records (PARMA/Naxos), with Joe Hertenstein and free jazz guru Karl Berger performing my work along with me. It will also fund my second CD, with strings, including terrific performers like Ulrich Maiß!
Read about the fellowship on the Division of Research page. 

Sobre a eletrodinâmica dos corpos de trabalho

Inspired by Einstein’s paper introducing the special theory of relativity titled “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies,” “Sobre a eletrodinâmica dos corpos de trabalho” offers a time-distorted view of the concrete plant in Quarry Maljoga in Dade from the Viseu Rural archive (the only sound source). It portrays the work as it echoes off the landscape in compressed time, frozen time, and smeared timelines. It is a reflection on the efforts of man-made forces, the persistence of natural forces over time, and the interfaces between them.

Note: Visual and aural clarity is way better in the original than on YouTube, so remember to go to concerts!

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The Magic and the Angst of the Road Not Taken

This work explores the complexities of the macro-, micro-, and inner-worlds of a walk in the woods. On the largest scale, many people, animals, machines will cross this path over the centuries although today it seems like a new discovery awaiting you. On the smallest scale, delicate sounds of footsteps are seen as catastrophic disruptions of nature’s mise en place. On the inside, such a peaceful environment can allow the wildest range of thoughts to occur, exposing new opportunities, some exhilarating, some terrifying. It is composed using only sounds from walking in the woods near the Avenue of Beehives in Vila Dum Santo from the Viseu Rural archive.

Note: Visual and aural clarity is way better in the original than on YouTube, so remember to go to concerts! The complex audio in this one gets especially fuzzy on YouTube…

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Shankcraft, live audiovisual sampling improvisation environment

Animal arms
At work
Like machines

An immersive audiovisual composed improvisational environment. The performance is structured to juxtapose horizontal and vertical gestures (e.g., for percussion, rubbing versus striking). All digital sound is sampled from the acoustic instrument live during the performance. All video is a live processed feed of the performer’s arms at work, exploded into full textures that immerse the audience in the sensation of the actions that are causing the sounds they hear.

Rehearsal with Sergio Castrillón, cello (https://sergiocastrillon.com/) at Korjaamo, Sound and Music Computing Conference, Helsinki, Finland

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