Installation Progress Update 2 – And MORE

So now we’re really getting into making this project. Here’s just a taste of what is to come – guest starring Kyle Tieman-Strauss.

Other things:

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been putting out a good number of electronic pieces. It turns out writing electronic music is pretty fun. Here’s a piece I did a few weeks ago. It’s getting played this Sunday at the Beer Grotto in Ann Arbor as part of ÆPEX Contemporary Performance’s “Sound System Takeover” If you’re in the area, definitely check it out!

Also coming up are some performances I’m extremely excited about. The JACK Quartet is going to be premiering one of my newest pieces, Parse, on April 24th at 8pm at the Provincetown Playhouse along side other pieces by graduate composers at NYU.

Over the course of this year, I’ve also been developing this collaborative group, reaching out to some of my best friends here in New York. Our group, Transfer is Available, is a gathering of artists, musicians, and collaborators working together to create fascinating, new, and interesting multimedia work. On April 16th, we’re going to be presenting a small debut of works by some of the awesome people involved in this project, Andrew NoseworthyKyle Tieman-StraussAaron GarciaTanea HynesAngie Conte, and myself. It would mean a lot to all of us to see you there! This show is just the start of something we’re hoping to make even bigger and better. More info here!- Continue Reading -

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Installation Progress Update 1

So in my last post, I mentioned my collaboration with Aya Terki. We’re working on an installation that plays with the idea of self perception and perspective. We want to put this installation at a video wall on the 6th floor of the Steinhardt building at 35 W 4th street. It features an array of speakers and a large panel of monitors in a 3×2 grid. We want to play with positioning of images in this 3×2 grid as well as positioning of sounds through the space of the speakers. There is a camera already mounted into the wall, but we are wanting to add a few more cameras to capture some different angles.

The general experience we are wanting to design would be to approach the installation, hear a steady sound, see a steady photograph of yourself, and then experience the evolution and manipulation of both as a representation of distortion of self image.

Something important we wanted to take into consideration was that this space is frequented by mostly the same group of people, composers and music technology students. With this same group coming in all the time, we wanted to keep this installation changing to stay interesting for this group. To do this, Aya and I have planned out 3 stages of development for this project. The first stage would be establishing the image and setting as a place for just self portraits with long sustained images. It would also start to collect and store pictures for future use in the installation. The second stage would juxtapose different camera perspectives against each other, make use of more space in the grid, and play with different sizes and weights of images and sounds. The final stage would be to start colliding images of people at different perspectives as well as incorporate the images taken in the first week.… - Continue Reading -

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Stop. Collaborate and Listen.

New York has certainly kept me busy. I’ve been writing an enormous amount of music, and I’ve grown immensely as a composer and artist. As a result, I’m involving myself in a ton of collaborative projects with some amazing new friends in the city.
Right now I want to focus on two of these collaborations: an installation based project working with contemporary cellist, Aya Terki, and an ongoing, multifaceted partnership with composers at NYU collectively called Transfer is Available.

I always had an interest in doing electronic work as well as visual work, and now I’ve finally managed to start really diving into both realms. Since starting I’ve witnessed a strange disconnect between visual arts and the musical arts in academia, which to me seems like a big part in some disjunction between how visual artists and musicians collaborate and interact with each other. Engaging both the visual and aural senses to create a whole body of expression (I’m thinking in terms of more experimental mediums rather than opera or drama) seems like a logical next step for the arts. Combining these two worlds together seems to be my driving force behind these two projects and why I’m so interested in pursuing it.

The first project with Aya, is still very much in its early stages. Both of us are currently taking a course in Installation Media at NYU and this project serves as an introduction for both of us into the world of installations. I’ll be posting updates for our project, including pictures, patches, random thoughts, and ideas as we work through it.

The next collaboration, Transfer is Available, has been something that’s been cooking for quite a while. I’ve been working with Kyle Tieman-Strauss, Aaron Garcia, and Andrew Noseworthy to discuss different projects and ideas we want to build together, with a focus on creating multimedia works that create a holisticly larger and more effective artistic experience through working incredibly closely and collaboratively with other artists of multiple disciplines.… - Continue Reading -

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Summer Recap

I got a day job this summer. The pay was okay. The hours got better once learned how to balance everything. I’m only did this on the side to help make ends meet, but I also had this nagging thought running through my head. “How long will this job go on until this just becomes what I do?” It’s a scary thought. I’m not the only one who has faced this problem, and I’m certainly not the last. It took a while to get over it but I eventually did. This is how I realized that a day job doesn’t have to be this scary thing that derails you from your goals, and in fact, it has the potential to positively influence your art and career.

I knew that this was just a job for the summer until I made the move to New York. I knew that there were going to be better opportunities for me to take once I moved. It was just really unnerving looking ahead at the future and only being able to see a hazy image of what may or may not happen.

After a few weeks of working my day job, I headed off to Kenosha, WI for the Fresh Inc. Festival to work with members of 5th House Ensemble and Stacy Garrop. It was two weeks packed with concerts, lessons, rehearsals, and most importantly, workshops to help us launch our careers as composers, musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs. By the end of the festival, I got a fresh perspective on what it takes to start new arts ventures, how to establish and develop relationships with potential collaborators, and how the path to success is a roller coaster of both failures and successes. It was a great experience filled with great people.

One of the most impactful things that I got out of the festival was a conversation I had with Herine Coetzee Koschak, the incredible cellist for the 5th House Ensemble who also premiered my most recent work, Torsion.… - Continue Reading -

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New Recordings

In case you missed my recital last month (or just want to hear it all again), here are the recordings! Please Enjoy.

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Storytelling

Recently, what with getting through with finals week and all, I’ve gotten sucked into watching an absurd amount of Netflix and other web-series such as H+ and The Outs. For me, the biggest factor in whether or not a movie, TV show, or any sort of story, is how the characters are treated. What adversities do they face? How do they react to a wrench being thrown into machine? Also, how does the audience find out about this? Is this character clearly “the good guy” and that character clearly “the villain?”

I feel like The Outs makes very interesting use of the last question I posed. The show starts off making you think that the main character is the guy that you should be rooting for, and the other guy is the scum of the earth, but as the story continues, and more and more details about these people come to light, you start to lose sight of the whole “good guy/bad guy” concept, and start seeing the characters for the people that they are. In fact all of the flaws that made Jack, a guy who opens the series doing some very questionable activities, seem like the villain, actually make him seem much more relatable. I ended up feeling sorry for him rather than hating him.

What stood out about H+ for me was that this webshow could have been very gimmicky, but it wasn’t. The whole show could have been about all of the technology and its dangers, but instead it focused more on telling the story of each character, where they come from, and how it has led them to where they are and how all of them are connected. It is very much like LOST. There were so many unanswered questions about the island that these people were stuck on, but the point of the show was never really about telling the story of an island with a polar bear and a smoke monster.… - Continue Reading -

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