String Quartet # 1
(Metal & Feedback)
For String Quartet, Objects, Custom Metal Feedback Instruments, and 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.
For Viola and Electronics
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)
Kernel Panic is the the duo improvisation project of Hunter Brown & Dominic Coles. Kernel Panic explores the unruly behavior of a unique hybrid analog/digital feedback network. Signals from hacked instruments, no-input mixer, and salvaged appliances are sent into software designed in the SuperCollider programming language which processes and alters the original signals through various means controlled by the performers. These signals are transformed through various spectral, stochastic, and algorithmic techniques in realtime using interactive controllers and are then sent back into the analog equipment creating a dynamic and chaotic feedback system wherein the performers seek to simultaneously tame and unleash the disorderly characteristics and qualities native to our system.
Stereo Fixed Media
"Where there was nature and earth, life and water, I saw a desert landscape that was unending, resembling some sort of crater, so devoid of reason and light and spirit that the mind could not grasp it on any sort of conscious level and if you came close the mind would reel backward, unable to take it in. It was a vision so clear and real and vital to me that in its purity it was almost abstract. This was what I could understand, this was how I lived my life, what I constructed my movement around, how I dealt with the tangible." - Brett Easton Ellis, American Psycho
Grit is a sonic rendering of this state of mind described by Brett Easton Ellis in his novel American Psycho. Sound objects that exude archetypal qualities of “reason and light and spirit,” are morphed, shattered, and strained into cracked fragments that collectively form jagged masses of sound. These unhurried concretions of sonic disintegration are resonances of how one’s mind “reels backward” through “a desert landscape that was unending.”
Real-Time Performance System for Percussion, No-Input Mixer, and Computer.
Bicorporal is an interactive electroacoustic improvisation system for percussion and computer that uses real-time timbre tracking to manipulate and trigger digital signal processing modules. This enables the performer to control all digital components of the performance with their acoustic instruments. In my previous electroacoustic systems, the performer would use a MIDI controller to manipulate the computer processing while also playing an acoustic instrument. This proved to be cumbersome, ineffective, and distracting for the audience. This approach to interactivity allows the performer to focus on one performance interface as opposed to two, thus imbuing the computer processing with a uniquely human touch.