My new solo release “Studies and Observations of Domestic Shrubbery” is now out on eh? records. Label boss Bryan Day did the artwork. Listen and purchase it here.
On this solo album I decided to limit my sound palate to only a few sound sources and not to use any of my usual electronics, preparations, motors, tapes, or amplified objects. Recently I noticed that the cello, clarinet, and cardboard could each produce very similar sounds that could be mistaken for breathing. This was the starting point. My music nowadays always includes everyday objects because of their domestic relationship and unpredictability, in this case the cardboard. The titles of the four tracks (Sky Saw, Boxwood, Giant Hogweed, and Chokeberry Swallow) relate to childhood memories and musical influences.
Last weekend Nate Scheible and I played music for Place Hold, a dance choreographed by Nancy Havlik at the Dance Place in Washington DC. Photo above by Brian Harris.
Photo above by Peter Cunningham.
My first solo cello release, Half-Full, will be finished this year. Only cello sounds will be presented; no electronics, amplified objects, or field recordings.
Vector Trio played at Pyramid Atlantic on 29 November 2014.
I recorded my cello outside the front door along with a cassette tape playing clarinet and cardboard sound events close to the mic. This lasted 20 minutes. The second half of the recording was pasted on top of the first half to produce a nine minute version. No further editing or post production was done. Hear it here.
My new composition, The Inkling, appears on the District of Noise Vol. 7 Compilation of Experimental Music from Washington DC. I played my cello in an outside parking garage near the Potomac river and later added the sounds of small motors and some closely recorded indoor cello sounds to complete the collage. The juxtaposition of different spaces/rooms/environments is a theme in many of my solo works. Listen here.
I played my Califone turntable (pictured below) as part of STYLUS BLK ARKESTRA
at Pyramid Atlantic as part of the 2014 Sonic Circuits Festival. Listen to the complete set here.