Electronic Music

"Electronic music is really very new to me. Exploring this space has been both challenging as well as exciting. The tools I've begun to explore and develop for myself include spectral processes like blending and summing, as well as filtration for the independent manipulation of individual bands. I've also explored various kinds of synthesis, including sample-and-hold techniques as well as granular techniques. In addition to these, I've been to develop 2D-field control modules for more complex manipulations and relations among manipulations of sound. I hope to move to 3D-field control modules in the not-too-distant future."

Ubi Caritas, The Search for the Sublime takes the listener on a journey through three aural environments. Threaded through these three environments, serving as both a point of reference as well as reflection, is a Renaissance-styled setting of Ubi Caritas. Each of these three environments seem to emerge from the vocal piece as it undergoes various transformations. Sound is warped in a stretching of the senses, submerging the listener into otherworldly spaces that seem to dwell just beneath the surface of the self.

Technicolor Turbulence is the fruit of several months' experimentation with digital synthesis and 3D-graphics generation in Max/MSP/Jitter. (Go to the YouTube link for more information).

 

The final result is something of an assault on the senses. It is experienced as a slow rise of intensity, both visually and sonically, which reaches a peak and then eventually settles again. The image presented to the viewer has been described by others as "the world", or "a star", or even simply "a core". This "core", while somewhat abstract, can at least be defined in space and compared with known objects or shapes (a sphere or circle). But as the pieces unfolds it begins to tremble and experience some kind of turbulence, and collapses on itself before being transmuted into some kind of explosion that is frozen in time. It can no longer be parsed as "a star" or even "a core", but is only experienced as an infinitude of chaotic turbulences of color, texture, and sound. Eventually this turbulence passes, and the object recovers its initial form.

 

This process-- a process of definition and order moving through chaos and uncertainty, back to a sense of clarity-- is an illustration of the state of one's perception in the midst of struggle. Throughout our lives we face experiences whose particular shapes can be difficult to describe in the moment. We feel disoriented, uncertain, insecure, afraid. We do not understand where we are. Later we may find ourselves better able to put it to words, and can begin to make sense of things. This work is a canvas, a page on which I hope you are able to tell yourself something of your own story.

Prodigal is a fixed-media folk-ballad, and serves as a space for reflection upon some of the social developments I've witnessed in the American Church at large over the past few years. I've seen things that have... disturbed me. And I've seen things in myself, that have also disturbed me. This song poses a question to the listener-- "what kind of man...?". This question is meant to guide the listener, not to an interrogation of their fellowman, but of themselves. "What kind of man" are you?