Hidden Encounters – 24/25 July – Nicosia, Cyprus


An interactive sound installation exploring the voices of animals living in Cyprus, at the Meres Bookstore, 33 Pentadaktylou, 1016 Nicosia.  Special thanks to the people at this beautiful and insightful resource.              Read more
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VCCA

As a composer, sound artist, and researcher, I’m interested in sounds we perceive as “inside” or “outside” performance, and in the ambiguities that may arise at boundaries between them. I’m  exploring this idea in a set of pieces for solo performers and webs of animal voices (and their surrounding environments), called Doubtful Sound. Begun during recent residencies at the Virginia Center for the Contemporary Arts, these compositions reference my earlier interactive work with catastrophe theory through their use of time-based network structures as sources of emergent processes. This summer I aim to investigate animal sounds as emergent processes in themselves, through a set of sound installations for the EUC Interfaces project in Cyprus.
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VCCA 2017

Last year at the VCCA, along with field recording in the Blue Mountains, an overnight autonomous recording (through an open window) unexpectedly captured coyote voices. And during preparation for a performance, just-audible links appeared between John Cage’s Sonatas 14 & 15 and the sounds of metal that might be heard by gently strumming Richard Lippold’s Gemini sculpture.
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Experimental Music & D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form

On Growth and Form 100
October 2017
Dundee and St. Andrews, Scotland
This conference celebrated the centennial of the publication of D’Arcy Thompson’s seminal book On Growth and Form. Its focus on formal similarities across biological and geological phenomena has had a profound impact not only on biological research but also on artists, including architects and musicians. Composer and theorist James Tenney begins two of the chapters of his MetaHodos with quotes from Thompson’s text. My presentation investigates connections between Thompson’s ideas and Tenney’s text, which he used as a basis for early experimental computer-generated pieces realized at Bell Labs in the 1960s. => Read more
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Amplified Silence @ Ithaca Porchfest


Last year the performance of Cartridge Music (John Cage, 1960) was postponed.
Look for it this year in September — See you then!
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Beautiful Sounds . . .

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in Ithaca NY at the 2016 Porchfest
. . . John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes, for prepared piano, composed in 1948, create unexpectedly inviting, gentle buzzes, bells, resonant gongs, and extended piano sonorities. In-between the piano’s strings are pieces of rubber and plastic, small, medium, large bolts, furniture bolts, screws, hardware nuts, an eraser . . . . . . and out of the piano come . . . delicate bells . . . expansive gongs . . . hi-hat cymbals . . . drums  . . .
as if suspended  in  t  i  m  e   &    s    p    a    c    e

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Spaces of Animal Voices

standrewspresentation2016_fullsizerender_6_croppedIn 2015-16 I worked at the Contemporary Music Research Centre, at the University of York (in the UK), investigating ways to listen to spatial interactions among animal sounds, and to how sound changes as it travels through air and water. How might music composition facilitate an exploration of our perception of animal voices and our connections to them? Starting from the composition Dawn’s Chorus we made Imagined Environments.
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“My God! What has sound got to do with music?”

FireplaceGesture and relationship as compositional materials
in two pieces by Christian Wolff
Christian Wolff Study Days
September 2015
Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium
This event explored Wolff’s music via paper presentations, performances of solo and chamber works, and an interview with the composer. My paper explores and compares his use of musical structure in Dark as a Dungeon and Edges.
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Humpback Whales: Composers of the Sea


19 May 2014
This Monday Night Seminar, at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology,
was a collaboration with Katy Payne, who, through listening,
discovered the evolving patterns of humpback song.
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Patrick Wood


Playing for Patrick
November 2015
A Benefit Concert for the Pomfret School Patrick Wood Prize
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