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Cooked this one up for ~Nois during the covid-19 pandemic. Claustrophobic & digital as my life was during that long winter.
Drank a lot of champagne for no reason.
SLOWMUSIC explores the site specific resonances of the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel carillonʼs location at the corner of 59th street and South Woodlawn Ave in Chicago Illinois. This workʼs stagnant pace and synthetic sound world transforms this street corner by projecting
a plastic reincarnation on top of itself.
Premiered on September 28 2021 at the Ear Taxi Festival. Created with support from the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.
False Translations explores how commercial transcription software fails to comprehend and accurately transcribe computer generated sounds. These algorithms are used to automatically transcribe a corpus of glitch based synth sounds into notated tenor saxophone material. As the saxophonist performs these notated “false translations,” the saxophone’s sound is processed by a real-time algorithm that attempts to translate the saxophone sound back in to computer generated sound. This computational translation between these two mediums highlights the computer’s failure to accurately do so, creating a mirrored and distorted shadow of the original set of failed transcriptions, a fractured memory of forgotten sounds.
Contingencies_v1 is a performance system for cornet, electric bass, percussion, and autonomous computer agent. Each version of Contingencies is designed for a specfic group of improvisers. The autonomous computer agent actively attempts to destabilize the ensemble’s collective musical language as a means of enabling unpredictable and spontaneous musical moments. By situating both human and machine on the same plane of creative autonomy, Contingencies_v1 induces an anarchic state of collaborative music making in which a volatile sonic landscape emerges.
-Cornet: Taylor Ho Bynum (taylorhobynum.com)
-Bass: Toby Summerfield (www.tobysummerfield.com)
-Percussion & Electronics: Hunter Brown
-Audio Recording: Sangwook "Sunny" Nam (jacobswellmastering.com/about/sangwook-sunny-nam)
"WARNING: This video may potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised."
“I travel with a boom box. When I get on a plane, I stuff the power cord
for the boom box into the battery compartment. From an outsider's point
of view, it looks like I've got it all wrong.” - Mitch Hedberg
Edge is an exploration in fluctuation, patience, and divergence. Two musicians navigate their way through mutable improvisational language spaces as suggested by a custom software program.
-Composition, Drums, Electronics, Programming: Hunter Brown
-Guitar, Electronics: Toby Summerfield: (https://www.tobysummerfield.com/)
Premiered by the Mivos Quartet (https://www.mivosquartet.com)
“You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame; how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?”
- Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
The exquisite sonority of the string quartet instantly molders when placed within an unruly and vicious feedback circuit. Turbulent circuitry and haphazard metal refuse mangle, disfigure, and adulterate the string quartet down to a simple vessel for acousmatic sound. This sonic dilution veils the audience’s auditory and visual perception of the string quartet into a nebulous shadow of monolithic glitch and fragile noise.
Captured, Mixed, & Mastered by Sangwook "Sunny" Nam (jacobswellmastering.com/about/sangwook-sunny-nam)