Here are some mock ups for a guitar quartet I’m working on that uses a motorized, star-shaped guitar pick instrument. The motors allow for tight synchronization and rhythmic coordination within the ensemble, generating slowing evolving phase-shifted textures and polyrhythms.
Live audio processing and sound spatialization performance for the Ultra Space Symposium at CCAM, April 2023.
Students in MUSI 238: Contemporary Chamber Ensemble perform my structured improvisation, Six Cycles.
SynthBox and MIDI_Wand are two instruments I built using the teensy microprocessor platform and the wonderful audio library that goes with it. SynthBox uses the teensy 4.1, which can power an external MIDI keyboard using a built-in battery and the USB host library. In addition to the MIDI keyboard, it can be played using OSC over a WiFi network using the added ATWINC1500 chip.
MIDI_Wand is a MIDI controller (and FM synth) that uses an IMU sensor (pitch/roll/yaw) to generate melodies. Buttons add simple control of the melodies and allow you to change the type of scale.
Students presented their final projects at the Off Broadway Theater at Yale University. Work included original audio/visual composition, interactive installations, and algorithmic composition/performance. All of the projects were presented on the theater’s 10’x36′ LED video wall. Congratulations to all who participated!
MIDI_Face is a MaxforLive device that allows performers to forward, route, process, delay, and gate MIDI messages over the network. It also creates a grid-based visualization so you can track where the MIDI data has migrated in real time. We performed these over zoom using CamTwist, AudioMovers, and Ableton.
Here are some highlight from ENAS 344 / MUSI 415: Musical Acoustics and Instrument Design final project presentations, Spring 2021.
For Laptop Ensemble, performed live at the Center for Collaborative Art and Media, March 2020.
Performed remotely with Zoom & AudioMovers, October 2020.
The vocal ensemble LUCERIS performing a new piece at the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library as part of the Yale College New Music Concert Series.
Terms and Conditions is a composition for voice and live electronic processing with accompanying visuals. While a vocalist reads Google’s “Terms of Services”, a keyboardist employs granulation techniques, filtering, LPC, and channel-vocoder effects to highlight, humorize, or obfuscate the text. In dramatizing the text in various ways, the piece draws attention to the contradiction between its light and conversational tone and the underlying message as it relates to digital ownership and privacy.