Sound & Music

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Doubtful Sound(s): Chicago & Queen’s U. Canada

Doubtful Sound / Cassiopeia

Do Not Look For Yourself Outside

Imagined Environments

For Hands Vier Hände

Helios

Dawn’s Chorus

Radically Different Perceptions

Unknown Small Bird

Berubah

Eye of the Day

The Line Theater

selected performances
& archive
Hidden Encounters
The Global Composition 2018 conference
Interactive sound installation – animal vocalizations
Dieburg, Germany
Ultrasonic Range Finder, Arduino, and laptop computer are hidden in a box. Sound files, and real-time alterations of sound files, are heard when people approach the vicinity of the box.
Version 2
Hidden Encounters
Cyprus
2018
Interactive sound installation – animal vocalizations
Meres Bookstore
Nicosia, Cyprus
Ultrasonic Range Finder, Arduino, and laptop computer are hidden in a box. Sound files, and real-time alterations of sound files, are heard when people approach the vicinity of the box.
Version 1
European University Cyprus Interfaces Project
February March
2018
pianist, field recordings
Virginia Center for the Contemporary Arts Amherst, VA
A mix of Do Not Look For Yourself Outside and Doubtful Sound/Cassiopeia. It is part of an ongoing experimental composition project called Doubtful Sound.
Composer Residency
Doubtful Sound/ Cassiopeia
2018
pianist, field recordings
Virginia Center for the Contemporary Arts Amherst, VA
An experimental realization of networks: social network data from dolphins and the graphic score Cassiopeia by George Cacioppo.
Composer Residency
Do Not Look For Yourself Outside
2017
pianist, field recordings
Virginia Center for the Contemporary Arts Amherst, VA
A Disklavier plays excerpts from Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano, by John Cage, responded to by a pianist and accompanied by field recordings.
Composer Residency
Imagined Environments
2016
multiple instruments, movement, surround sound digital audio recordings
The Assembled
University of York, UK
A collaborative composition characterized by improvisation based on specific animal sounds.
Supported in part by the US-UK Fulbright Commission
Radically Different Perceptions
2016
sound installation (digital audio media)
Performance, Subjectivity and Experimentation in Artistic Research
Orpheus Institute
Ghent, Belgium
Recordings of unidentified animal sounds played in the staircase and among multiple floors of the building
Supported in part by the US-UK Fulbright Commission
For Hands Vier Hände
for Patrick David Wood

2015
digital audio fixed media
Premiered at
Clark Chapel
Pomfret School Connecticut
Made entirely from piano recordings
Realized at the Contemporary Music Research Centre, University of York, from recordings by Patrick Wood and Ann Warde
Supported in part by the US-UK Fulbright Commission
Chambers: In Honor of Alvin Lucier, sound in large and small resonant environments (1968)
2011
digital audio fixed media and conch shell
Zilka Gallery
Wesleyan University Middletown, Connecticut
This new version of Chambers is a compilation of individual works, each constructed as a tribute to Lucier by his former students
Dawn’s Chorus:
For Cheryl Gobbetti Hoffmann
2008
digital audio fixed media
Premiered at Slee Hall University of Buffalo (2008)
Listening to Birds Symposium
University of Aberdeen
UK (2009)
Sounds of animals
CD available from Leonardo Music Journal
Unknown Small Bird
2007
digital audio fixed media
Premiered at the Nightingalia conference Sibelius Academy
Finland
Made from field recordings
Omong-Omong: Leaning on the Moment
2004
chamber orchestra,
speaking voices,
gongs, interactive electronics
Olympia Chamber Orchestra and
Evergreen College
students
Olympia, Washington
Omong-Omong = conversation
Supported in part by the Evergreen College Daniel J. Evans Chair Scholar Program
Beda III (Differences)
2003
Javanese gamelan, viola, flute, and interactive electronics
Gamelan Son of Lion
NYC
Version 3 of Beda
Omong-Omong
2003
Javanese gamelan, voices, and interactive electronics
Center for Contemporary Music
Mills College
Oakland California
Based on Javanese vocal texts and melodic patterns with mixed pelog, slendro, and 12-tone equal tempered tunings. Composed for instruments built by Lou Harrison and William Colvig
Composer Residency
Beda II (Differences)
2002
Javanese gamelan, viola, alto flute, and interactive electronics
Presented by the Cornell Gamelan Ensemble
New England Gamelan Weekend
Wesleyan University Middletown, Connecticut
Version 2 of Beda
Beda I (Differences)
2001
Javanese gamelan, violin, flute, and interactive electronics
Explores performance configurations and use of traditional and experimental Javanese and Western structures
Supported in part by a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship
Cornell U. Society for the Humanities
Among Twenty Snowy Mountains,
2000
Soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion
Premiered by Judith Kellock
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.
Text: Wallace Stevens’s
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Interchangeable parts for 4 of the 6 performers, optional gamelan instruments
Supported in part by a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship
Cornell U. Society for the Humanities
Berubah
1999
Javanese gender, rebab, interactive electronics
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL
Berubah (change) engages performers with an almost unpredictable interactive system based on concepts of catastrophe theory.
more
Eye of the Day
1999
2-channel tape and string quartet
SEAMUS Y2K: AcousmaTEX,
Denton, TX
Acoustical beats between tape and players are shaped during performance.
CD available
Commissioned by Scott A. Wyatt for the 40th Anniversary of the Experimental Music Studios at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Autumn Song
The Thousand Sounds
1991/1998
Soprano and tape
Barbara Thun, soprano
Contemporary Music Festival
Brno, Czech Republic
Insect sounds created in the studio replaced all but one live insect’s sound in this revision of the 1991 version of Autumn Song. The 1998 version of the tape alone is The Thousand Sounds.
Helios
1997
String quartet
ICMC98
Algorithmically generated score using Lisp and Common Music
Aurelia
1997
Organ
Multiple chance-based techniques and juxtaposed organ timbres applied to a hymn tune
Written for the Womenspirit/Sisterspirit Conference, Unitarian-Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Ammalagammala
1996
Javanese gamelan ensemble
Re-assignment of garap (traditional playing styles) to different instruments
Circus
1996
Digital audio tape
New Music Northwest Evergreen State College Olympia, WA
Makes use of speed changes, and voltage-controlled gating/sampling on a Buchla Series 200 analog synthesizer
Magnolias in Rain
1996
Javanese gamelan ensemble
Traditional Javanese pathetan music appears from a “cloud” of sound
Flewmb
1995
Flute and marimba
For Kesatuan
South Indian tala and chance procedures functioned as structuring devices for the composition
 
No Net
1995
Piccolo, flute, alto flute, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, horn, bass clarinet
Investigation of extended timbral ranges of specific instrument families
Drumming
1995
Yamaha Disklavier and performer (or piano soloist)
4 pitches evoke the South Indian mrdangam (drum)
Staring
1993/1994
Piano
Follows Look!
The piano is re-tuned while it is played.
The Composer
1993
Piano
University of Montana
Missoula, MT
Imitation and improvisation referring to the composer and pianist Lowndes Maury
Composer Residency
Cloud
1992
Javanese gender panerus, Lightning Midi Motion Sensor, Roland JV-30 synthesizer, and Atari ST computer
Contemporary Arts Summer Institute
Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, Canada
Motion of performer generates acoustical beats between acoustically and electronically generated sound
Look!
1992
Piano
Follows A Glimpse
Clusters
1992
Amplified piano
Forum junger komponisten
West Deutsche Rundfunk Köln, Germany
Extension of piano sounds through amplification
 
Autumn Song
1991
Soprano and 2-channel analog tape
New Music/New Composers
Composers’ Forum
Roulette, NYC
2-channel analog tape of insect sounds recorded at Alexander Lake, CT (revised 1998)
Light
1990
SATB chorus
 
Chromosonics:
Alexander Lake
The Lady That’s Known as Lou
1990
Videotapes
Hey!: Artists Foundation Invitational Exhibition Artists Foundation Gallery at Cityplace Boston, MA
Computer system constructed by the composer links image color with sound playback speed
Silliness
1988
Voices and instruments including accordian, guitar, banjo, piano
Middlesex School Summer Arts Program Concord, MA
Children’s theater production
A Pearl
1988
Javanese gender and South Indian mridangam
Links beating frequencies and tala
Aural Enchantment
1987
Cello, flute, piano and tape
Western NY Institute for the Arts in Education Buffalo, NY
Acoustic imitations of recorded sounds
 
Envelope
1987
Analog audiotapes mixed in real time
Hallwalls Gallery
Buffalo, NY
Environmental recordings mixed indeterminately
Imitator Radiator
1987
Flute and piano
Performed by
New and Used Music
Burchfield Art Center Buffalo, NY
Imitation of radiator sounds by acoustic instruments
 
At Home With Sound
1986
A program of compositions for piano, flute, analog tape, home electronics
Performed by
New and Used Music
Katherine Cornell Theatre SUNY Buffalo
Structure based on timing of daily activities
Partially funded by Meet the Composer, Inc.
Magnifications
1986
5-section work for piano, flute, and electronics
Performed by
New and Used Music
Burchfield Art Center Buffalo, NY
Environmental sounds recorded over a period of time in the performance space are incorporated into the composition
 
A Glimpse
1985
Piano
Bang on a Can Festival NYC
Eighth International Congress of Women in Music
Bilbao, Spain
“Cloud” of sound
Music for Electronic Devices
1984
Computer control of an analog synthesizer, within an improvisational setup of tape, synthesizers, and processing equipment
Wesleyan University
Connecticut
Computer control within an unpredictable situation
The Line Theater
1984
A large black vertical screen upon which white strings and ropes are manipulated to form changing patterns of lines in performance
Wesleyan University
Connecticut
Visual movement as music
Eight Cellos: Close Together / Far Apart
1984
Cello ensemble
University of Connecticut Storrs
Graphic notation: sound follows shape
Moving Shapes
1983
2-channel analog recording for dance
Wesleyan University
Connecticut
Electronic sounds as control voltages
Inside Lines
1982
Piano keyboard and bowed piano strings
Wesleyan University
Connecticut
Visible lines as sound
Outside Lines
1982
For dancers among trees
Wesleyan University
Connecticut
Human movement as music