Punk • Truck • Lo♥e (2010)
for bass clarinet and electronics
written for Ben Mitchell
for piano and electronics
for 13 musicians and electronics
Imagine a dried up old porch swing creaking away in the middle of an overly green field of grass. Suspended somewhere beyond the clouds, the swing is a symbol of nostalgia and sentimentality. Moving erratically at times, and others not at all, this swing bends and pulls the world around it; a world that bows to the swing’s fading will.
Premiered by: Gina Sexton, flute – Celina Tamez, oboe – Reshanda Billy, clarniet – Lynn Moncilovich, bassoon – Nathan McCarter, horn – Brad Coker, tuba – Taylor Kami & Matt Ehlers, percussion – Davina Hong & Su-Yeon Park, violin – Colin Meinecke, viola – Jeff Hartick, cello – Michael Hartery, bass – Stephen Lucas, electronics – Hsiao-Lan Wang, conductor
8PM March 6, 2006 at The University of North Texas, Recital Hall
for laptop ensemble
Awake is simple exploration of the opening lines of a character (the maiden lady) from American playwrite Thornton Wilder’s work Pullman Car Haiwatha.
“LOWER ONE (the maiden lady): I know I’ll be awake all night. I might just as well make up my mind to it now. I can’t imagine what got hold of that hot-water bag to leak on the train of all places. Well now, I’ll lie on my right side and breathe deeply and think of beautiful things, and perhaps I can doze off a bit.”
I have always been drawn to theater, and this special theatrical situation (nine laptops on a stage) presented me with a great opportunity to explore sound and theatre together in a different way. In addition to building on this text through computer processes, Awake also incorporates train-like sounds and singing in order to provide contrasting musical elements in the work. The work uses a software instrument that I designed using the interactive graphical programming environment Max/MSP, and each player was given a series of instructions that help guide the various stages of the work, and hopefully give way to a nice dramatic arc. Although the work takes it’s origins from the Wilder text, it may be understood broadly through the context of a journey through a sleepless night.
And the stallion put on my pants and began to sing. (2008)
for stereo audio
Premiere: Sound Box 08′, Rice University
8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
Vague Speech (2003-04)
for 8-channel tape
Premiere: CEMI: 40 Years on the Edge Concert IV, 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 20th, 2004
Premiere: SPECTRUM V, University of North Texas
8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 25th, 2003