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YOU CAN ONLY (2017) for cello and synthesizer
performed by members of Retro Disco at CCRMA stage
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In (de)attachment, players interact with melodies like memory, tracing the emotional geography between love and loss.
A pilot study (2016) showed that melodies can retain verbal content using Speech-to-Song Illusion (Deutsch, 1995). In this EEG/two-alternative forced choice task, verbal phrase segments were repeated to participants in order to create a Speech-to-Song Illusion through repetition. Afterwards, excerpts of the phrase were played back,
followed by piano contours that
These three etudes on displacement feature a light bulb "singer" and other relocated voices.
TRANSPARENTUDES (Can't ____ You) (2017) for percussion trio
premiered by Line Upon Line @ CCRMA Stage
A physical realization of memory, modeled from David Appelbaum's book, The Voice. While the words are barely audible, speech inflection shapes the musical material. Pitches emerge as speech slows. Words stretch lugubriously into tones and, eventually, song.
either matched or mismatched the verbal segments. Participants correctly matched the melodies with the phrase segments 80% of the time, suggesting a successful translation from speech to melody.
This piece begins with a melody stated as a sort of prime. It is then stripped to its intervallic relationships, transposed, and, finally, silenced. To what extent is its verbal content sensed through these transformations?
(DE)ATTACHMENT (2015) for saxophone quartet
Signal Flow Festival, 2015
taking it for what it is,
HOME ON THE FRONTIER
(2015) installation @Megapolis Audio Art Festival
Music boxes are tiny containers of nostalgia, referencing music and memories far greater than themselves. For this project, I modified about 70 of these little instruments with grit from sidewalks and mounted them on light posts, benches, and bike racks in downtown Oakland. Collaborator Dan Gottwald built a corresponding multi-player thumb harp.
I CAN TAKE (2018) octet for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, harp, piano, violin, cello, and light bulb conductor
premiered by Ensemble Proton Bern
FEAR AND FLYING
(2015) for clarinet, cello, and double bass
@soundSCAPE new music festival
TO SPEAK (2018) for string quartet
premiered by JACK Quartet @ CCRMA Stage