This short acousmatic work explores the sounds of metal and water in the context of a journey through the ocean. Recordings of metallic instruments (guitar, mbira, metal percussion, melodica (metal tines)) are turned into "water instruments" by carefully enhancing each instrumental gesture with a liquid gesture (drops of water, fizzing seltzer, splashes in bath tub).
for oboe, bassoon, percussion, and live electronics (2015)
Premiered by Tim Daniels, oboe, Ben Roidl-Ward, bassoon, and Ben Rempel, percussion
Commission from bassoonist Ben Roidl-Ward.
for trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, voice, and live electronics (2015)
Every choice made leads to a different set of choices, and as we make decisions our choices form a path. Using field recordings of different seasons, weather patterns, and locations in the electronics paired with slow, simple melodies juxtaposed with sections of dense improvisation in the ensemble, this piece explores a path of textures and environments, simulating the choices we make and their consequences.
for bassoon and playback (2013) 7 minutes
Premiered by Molly Murphy, bassoon
The electroacoustic world of this piece is tense and unpredictable, with source material consisting of everyday sounds altered beyond recognition juxtaposed with recordings of percussive and pitched instruments. Wrapped within this complex atmosphere the bassoon explores a small set of continually developing materials, never truly in control of its musical surroundings and unable or unwilling to take control of it.
acousmatic (stereo) (2011) 5 minutes
Heard on SEAMUS 2012, ICMC 2012
The title of this piece refers to physical contact rather than the adjectival homonym.
Composed with recordings of touching, leading to rubbing, leading to striking of surfaces and objects.
Every object has a resonance and every resonance is an object.
acousmatic (stereo) (2011) 3 minutes
An idea of what it may sound or feel like to be inside the cage.
acousmatic (quadrophonic) (2010) 6 minutes
Heard on SEAMUS 2011, ICMC 2011
This piece consists of a grouping of diverse natural and electronically-generated textures, held together by their similarities and differences, each contributing in different ways to the overall trajectory of their collective form. Pitch develops from noise, containment gives way to chaos, and the sound of the human voice evolves as these auditory moments circulate against one another.
interactive audio/video (2015) 5 minutes
Performance of my work "Transference", for interactive audio/video, at the 2015 Third Practice Festival in Richmond, Virginia.
electronics music for dance (2015) 5 minutes
"Impulse", a solo dance made in collaboration with Julie Garber.
audio-visual installation (2015) variable length
Computer Music is an audio-visual installation that visualizes and sonifies computer processes.
electronic music for dance (2015) 12 minutes
Collaboration with choreographer and dancer Juliana Garber. Video from performance at 3rd Biomorphic Dance Festival, Hudson Guild Theater, New York, NY.
Integration Of Limits
live electronics (2014) 11 minutes
Performed on the 2014 Fall Experimental Dance Concert at University of Virginia in collaboration with the Electronic Identity and Embodied Technology Atelier class, made possible by a grant from The Jefferson Trust.
Transference (sans video)
for performer, interactive sound/video (2013) Duration variable
This piece explores the transference of gesture from physical space (motion) to sonic space (sound) to visual space (video) utilizing custom-built software that incorporates motion tracking and generative audio and video (version 2 of Motion-Influenced Composition).
Three Billion Years plus A Few Minutes
for vocalizing pianist, percussionist, and laptop performer (2013) 6 minutes
Using text from William Barry's poem of the same name.
for performer, interactive sound/video (2010) Duration variable
This piece explores the transference of gesture from physical space (motion) to sonic space (sound) to visual space (video) utilizing custom-built software that incorporates motion tracking and generative audio and video.
Shades of Blue
acousmatic (stereo) (2008) 20 Minutes
Collaboration between Rodger Belman and myself for East Carolina University's Dance 2008.
for trombone quartet (2015) 6 minutes
Composed for and premiered at the 2015 Third Coast Trombone Retreat.
for duo percussion (2015) 10 minutes
Premiered by Meehan/Perkins Duo at Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville, VA.
for viola, harpsichord, and toy megaphone (2014) 10 minutes
Premiered by Nellie Freed, viola, Peter Kramer, harpsichord, Eastman Presser, toy megaphone
Piece in 5 movements, each movement roughly corresponding to one of the five stages of grief. The content of the instrumental parts is motivic, and development occurs from these different motives being transformed, lost, suddenly remembered, and, ultimately, forgotten. The electro-acoustic playback portion of the piece is made from dozens of recordings from around 20 people reading the writings of caretakers of people suffering Dementia/Alzheimer's disease, caretakers themselves, and Alzheimer's patients. Commission from Akropolis Reed Quintet.
Piece for Four Strings in Three Movements
for violin, viola, cello, double bass (2011) 15 minutes
Premiered by Rachel Harmatuk, violin, Craig Kirkland, viola, Brent Selby, cello, Andrew Small, double bass.
Written for Dr. John O'Brien's Greenville, North Carolina "Music House" concert series. Performed on the Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 concert.
Premiered by Jessica Downs, soprano, Alana Youssefian, violin, Carrie Frey, viola, Jocelyn Schendel, cello, Eugene Kim, piano
Setting of Muriel Rukeyser's poem "Effort at Speech Between Two People" for soprano voice and piano quartet. Performed on the May 5th, 2011 Oberlin Composition & TIMARA Departments Concert of Student Works.