I make sound designs for live performance.
I make music.
Fundamentally, these are the same.
My designs treat performances musically (plays, choreography, and installations) as compositions -- moving structures over time.
This idea has produced compositions, sound synthesis, algorithmic and probability based interactive structures, immersive performative environments, research into computer learning and applications maximizing interplay between performers and soundscapes.
My work currently deals with textures of varying intensity and opacity which combine to create intricately woven webs of sound. The vector that my music has followed intersects with the influences of Beethoven, Bach, Haydn, Wagner, Berio, Stockhausen, Parker, Xenakis, Cage, Coltrane, Varese, Hendrix, Braxton, Evan Parker, Ronald Stabinksy, Peter Evans, Merzbow, Emile Beaulieu, Borbetomagus, Michael Foster, among the countless others. I generate my source material using both analogue instruments and via digital mechanisms. Often, I manipulate acoustic sources using interactive digital processes to generate compositional structures or as an effects with which I improvise structures. Additionally, modeling human interactivity characteristics in the synthesis process creates what I feel like are "living" sounds.
In order to define new and relevant scales of frequency I enjoy building synthesis systems to model and mutate generative sound concepts for each production. While this tends to be a more rigorous process, I find that it gives each piece it's own distinct personality and energy. I also find these structures enable deep listening on a variety of levels. It is this ability to explore the piece anew which engages me compositionally and which I enjoy about my favorite artists.
"incredible sound design."
The New York Times: Quiet, Comfort
Village Voice: Quiet, Comfort
culturebot: Quiet, Comfort
The New York Times: Beckett Solos
The New York Times: Shadows
New York Theater Review: Baal
The Washington Post: Billy the Kid
dctheaterscene.com: Billy the Kid
Hyperallergic.com: The Georges
The San Fransisco Bay View: The Brothers Size
The San Diego Union Tribune: The Wind and the Breeze
"There are the plays you go to see—and then there are the plays you go to be taken somewhere."
"Assaulted by sound. A noisescape that experientially presented embodied anxiety."