Sound & Music

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Hidden Encounters
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.
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 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 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 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 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. Read 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