May 6 Program Notes

I’ve been in touch with the artists and they have each sent us some program notes for the May 6th performance! See below to find out more about what each artist will be presenting!

Also, I have an important announcement about the next installment of our series on August 26th. Pulse Emitter/Daryl Groetsch had to cancel, but we are very fortunate to have Golden Retriever take his place! Matt Carlson and Jonathan Sielaff have both performed in the series already, but not in the context of their band. I am particularly excited about this addition, as Jarrad Powell was Matt’s composition professor! Stay tuned for more info…

May 6 Program Notes:

Pulsar has been created from a single recording of a snare drum hit. Using granular techniques, new sounds are synthesized from the waveform – designed, layered, stretched and processed through a multitude of techniques. I migrate between ProTools, Pure Data, Audition and Ableton Live, creating mutations of sounds on a “family tree”. Convolution reverb is used extensively to place sounds into breathing spaces, introduce spectral shifts and alter envelopes.

Pulsar emerges with sounds that mimic natural textures (wind, rain) and slowly coalesces into more pitched and musical material. Over the course of the piece, timbres shift from organic to synthetic and structures begin to crystallize.

I like to deliver my work in small portions; portions that are microscopically forged by a phenomenologically-painstaking process that is not to be fixed or normalized.

‘Pithy & Prolix’ is the working title of a series of spatially diffused electroacoustic pieces I’ll perform.

In general, I permute sounds using a host of digital synthesis processes which are informed by acousmatic theory, particularly spectromorphology. In ‘Pithy & Prolix’, sound scenes are encoded for ambisonic mixing to emphasize the materiality and morphology of spatial textures and their corresponding textural topologies.

For me, there is a certain threat and allure to these sounds.

A literal description of material to be performed by RM Francis at the Chapel Performance Space on May 6, 2017, as rendered by speech-to-text software:

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