Contingencies_v1 is a performance system for cornet, electric bass, percussion, and autonomous computer agent. Each version of Contingencies is designed for a specfic group of improvisers. The autonomous computer agent actively attempts to destabilize the ensemble’s collective musical language as a means of enabling unpredictable and spontaneous musical moments. By situating both human and machine on the same plane of creative autonomy, Contingencies_v1 induces an anarchic state of collaborative music making in which a volatile sonic landscape emerges.
cornet: Taylor Ho Bynum (taylorhobynum.com)
bass: Toby Summerfield (www.tobysummerfield.com)
percussion: Hunter Brown
Audio by Sangwook "Sunny" Nam (jacobswellmastering.com/about/sangwook-sunny-nam)
String Quartet #1
For String Quartet, Metal Feedback Instruments, & Computer
Premiered by the Mivos Quartet (https://www.mivosquartet.com)
“You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame; how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?”- Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
The exquisite and often fetishized sonority of the string quartet instantly molders when placed within an unruly and vicious feedback circuit. Turbulent circuitry and haphazard metal refuse mangle, disfigure, and adulterate the string quartet down to a simple vessel for acousmatic sound. This sonic dilution veils the audience’s auditory and visual perception of the string quartet into a nebulous shadow of monolithic glitch and fragile noise.
Falter/Cleanse is a single movement work for viola and electronics that explores moments of pointed turbulence and acute vulnerability. The electronics act as a surgical lens: exposing and exploiting the viola’s intrinsic yet subdued noise, in turn coaxing the viola's salient warmth to turn strident and belligerent with a touch of lingering softness.
Viola: Aaron Karp (aaronmkarp.com)