String Quartet:  Reprise

This piece celebrates a very happy development in my life.  I now have the luxury of being married to my best critic and fan.  On our honeymoon in Mexico I heard a roving musician sing a song ("La Bikina") that got stuck in my ear.  I then envisioned a string quartet in which this delightful little tune (as I imperfectly recalled it) would weave it's way in and out.  This string quartet hearkens back to some of my earlier styles and compositional approaches; but it also continually recapitulates its own thematic material.  For this reason I've given it the subtitle "Reprise."


Though it is conceived as one continuous movement, there are breaks (indicated by double bar lines) which separate it into three sections.  The length of these pauses or breaks is at the will of the performers.  The duration of the work is approximately 16 minutes.



Adobe Acrobat document [571.5 KB]
Synthesized Realization
MP3 audio file [33.2 MB]



And the Name of the Star was Wormwood (excerpts from live performance by SoundOn)

Lisa Cella, flute/piccolo; Robert Zelickman, clarinet/bass clarinet; Mark Menzies, violin; Franklin Cox, cello; Sean Dowgray, vibraphone; Christopher Adler, piano; Colin McAllister, guitar; Eric Simonson, conductor

And the Name of the Star was Wormwood (score pdf)
for flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano, percussion, and live electronics
Adobe Acrobat document [1.6 MB]
MP3 audio file [1.9 MB]
MP3 audio file [2.7 MB]
MP3 audio file [3.8 MB]



Vision 4 (score pdf)

for piano, live electronics and electro-acoustic sounds

vision 4-big-paper.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.2 MB]

Vision 4 (live performance of 1/6/2016, SoundOn festival, composer as soloist)

MP3 audio file [10.1 MB]
MP3 audio file [10.7 MB]


Synth Kit Music (2014) for 8-channel cubic fixed media

After acquiring my PAiA 9700 series modular synthesizer kit and assembling it (learning some very valuable soldering skills in the process), I was anxious to see what kind of sound world could be created with it.  Not being content with quadrophonic, I embarked on my first adventure in 8-channel cubic spatialization.  The version below, alas, is 2-channel.  

MP3 audio file [11.4 MB]


Imaginary Cavern Study No. 2 (2012) for 4-channel fixed media

This is the second in a series of 4-channel pieces that combine pure electronic sounds (additive synthesis) with pre-recorded materials. In this case, open air sounds of oil wells pumping, walking through dry grass, and stumbling over a sheet of corrugated tin are subjected to fragmentation and transposition. Additive synthesis instruments using FFT snapshots of these sounds attempt a more conventional “musical” commentary on the proceedings, albeit in an unconventional 15-tone equal temperament.  The link below is to a 2-channel version.

MP3 audio file [7.9 MB]


Wii Games (2011) for Wiimote controller, electro-acoustic sounds and orchestra, commissioned by the Danville Symphony Orchestra

Wii Games(Score)-2nd Version.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [471.7 KB]
A synthesized realization.
Wii Games-realization.mp3
MP3 audio file [10.7 MB]


Tambo and Bones Revisited (2010) for 4-channel fixed media

This is a work which visits with the American minstrel show in such a way that sounds from the minstrel show (tambourine, "bones," banjo, concertina, trombone, and fragments of an old recording) are heard to engage in a free fantasy.  Along the way, different degrees of synthetic-ness are explored and exploited.  The link below is to a 2-channel version.

MP3 audio file [11.6 MB]