Blowback (and other mishaps) 2013

for percussion quartet and roaming click track.

Recreating digital effects through acoustic phenomena, each performer’s computer-controlled click track moves ever so slightly to mimic reverb, flanger and reverse-delay effects live. As the piece plays out, these effects are varied and enhanced to sustain concisely out-of-phase relationships between each player (very close relationships create stutter effects, while longer phase distances create sweeping reverb tails). Written for Mangobot.

Revolver (EP) 2013

Commissioned by Brett William Dietz for his album of glockenspiel solos, Nocturne, Revolver is a mind-bending work for solo glock and 6-channel delay. With speakers placed around the audience, Revolver plays on directional themes and riffs on motives from Rage Against the Machine’s tune by the same name.

Propaganda (2012)

for muted glockenspiel and soprano saxophone.

If you repeat something long enough, no matter how absurd or nonsensical, people will eventually believe it. Written for Brett William Dietz & Griffin Campbell.

Trucks (2012)

The construction vehicles in Harlem emit this wild, bending pitch – especially in the wee hours of the morning. This was my rebuttal.

Little Drummer Boy (2011)

As part of Mantra Percussion’s Holiday album, “Mantratron Saves Christmas”, I rewrote my mom’s favorite holiday jingle with broken microphone cables and pennies taped to glockenspiel bars.

So I could not send answer (2011)

for two cellphones and computer.

Both performers use amplified cellphones to text poetry back-and-forth as a randomized audio track unfolds to overwhelming volumes. Written for Police Academy (Mike Perdue & Mariel Roberts).

The Black Brave Ocean (EP) 2010

Based on 21 chords, the Black Brave Ocean evolved into 5 installations – individual compositions that are, essentially, bad copies of bad copies, creating structural and tonal variations that eventually collapse into a series of theatric games and concluding with no performers at all through audio playback.