Tears – A setting of Text by Allen Ginsberg

When I was a teenager my father, perhaps to his regret, introduced me to the writings of the so-called “beat generation” authors. I quickly developed a fascination and admiration for their work. The text for this piece, Tears, is a 1956 poem by Allen Ginsberg. I found the poem to be extremely evocative for a… Continue reading Tears – A setting of Text by Allen Ginsberg

Ritual no. 2 (and the Angels Continued)

The Audio-Only Version

In lieu of “program notes” I present a video and transcript of the address that I gave for the premiere of this work. The premiere took place during the April 25, 2021 Music and Message Concert in Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel. The video currently hosted here is the premiere version from that event. Transcript of… Continue reading Ritual no. 2 (and the Angels Continued)

Nothing but the Blood

Nothing but the Blood is a fixed media piece that relies heavily on the hymn of the same name both musically and symbolically. The piece unfolds in three distinct locations: an industrial and highly electronic opening, a natural interior, and a concert with narration. The music in this final location is heavily influenced by the… Continue reading Nothing but the Blood

Electric Dreamscape no. 2

Electric Dreamscape no. 2 is an interactive audio/visual composition for solo Trumpet and Live Electronics. Heavily influenced by the concept of “moment form” in the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Electric Dreamscape no. 2 contains three “Primary Moment Groups.” Each moment group contains three “models” upon which the player bases an improvisatory performance. The structure of… Continue reading Electric Dreamscape no. 2

Tetraktys in Neon

Tetraktys in Neon, for just-intonation MIDI Piano, Voice and Computer is an audio/visual work set in a 3-limit just-intonation environment. The piece was inspired by the Pythagorean symbol of the Tetraktys – a triangular figure constructed with four rows of dots, as seen at the beginning and end of the work. In short, the Tetraktys… Continue reading Tetraktys in Neon

For Béla

Contrary to what its name suggests, For Béla was not originally intended to pay homage to Bartók. The title was given after the completion of the piece in light of the increased reliance on the Axis theory of Ernő Lendvai, a musical concept used to analyze the music of Béla Bartók. Axis theory manifests itself… Continue reading For Béla

Ritual no. 1: Ascension of the Primes

Ritual no. 1: Ascension of the Primes is a 5 movement audio/visual composition for computer and a human soloist. The piece begins in 3-limit just intonation and gradually adds prime numbers with each movement, finally ending in 13-limit just intonation. Originally conceived as a purely musical work, Ritual no. 1 was composed from October of… Continue reading Ritual no. 1: Ascension of the Primes

Probably Blue

Probably Blue is a fixed media work realized in Max/MSP. It is written in 7-limit just intonation and is comprised of 3 overlapping timbral layers: an FM synthesis ostinato, filtered cello drones, and delayed trumpet samples with ring modulation. Multiple parameters of the FM and trumpet sounds are governed using probabilities including spatial placement, inharmonicity… Continue reading Probably Blue

Reflection no. 2

Reflection no. 2 was composed for the 2020 Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival in Cazenovia, New York. It was premiered at the Rising Stars concert on July 28th, 2020, a program which featured young, award winning performers. Reflection no. 2 for Flute and Piano is a continuation of the sound world of Reflection no. 1 for piano… Continue reading Reflection no. 2

Reflection no. 1

Reflection no. 1 for solo piano was constructed with two interval sets which are also tied to two distinct characterizations. The piece includes something of loneliness and solemn reflection in the space which pervades it. It also hints at an agitation, which bursts forth in the middle of the piece before sinking back beneath the… Continue reading Reflection no. 1