Generative Composition 2017
At the core of the generative algorithm are the many algorithms it is made up of. Each of the smaller algorithms -- tempo algorithm, pitch algorithm, velocity algorithm, scale algorithm -- can be changed without affecting the remaining ones, many different implementations of each algorithm can be created. This flexibility has been my primary focus during the design phase, it’s the make-or-break of the approach, the process.
The key to the generative process is the decision making, where does the next rhythm come from, where does the next note come from, how hard should that note be played. In the simplest terms, the algorithm generates a series of messages like “play middle C softly for a quarter note.” Throughout this work, I’ve further explored the musical building blocks at the core of my music over the last couple of years. The core building blocks are heavily influenced by ideas presented in Messiaen’s Treatise on Rhythm, Color and Ornithology. In the treatise he cites Plainchant melodic intervals as a basis for melodic movement in western music, he presents 120 deci-talas, the exquisite ancient hindu rhythms as well as the captivating harmonic possibilities provided symmetrical modes.
Electronic Composition 2017
Colorprints is a personal platform for producing short, electronic musical ideas. These ideas are experimental and most importantly, they're an incredible amount of fun for me to write. They're like musical drawings. Sketches.
Electronic Composition, 2016
Mosaic incorporates electronic sounds, hindu rhythms and symmetrical modes into a diverse sequence of sonic colors – Mosaic is music for music's sake, abstract, with a focus on rhythmic, harmonic and formal freedom.
The three primary ideas in Mosaic are (1) my love for Messiaen's incredible writings on music theory and art, (2) my love for color, abstract art and (3) my experience with creating music digitally. Once I decided that the piece was going to be digital only, the possibilities for how I was going to express 'a sequence of sonic colors' all of a sudden became unlimited.
Whenever I look, listen or watch a piece of art, the quality that strikes me the most is the piece's ability to create its own world. A piece which can create its own world can move through time and stay whole while the world around it changes. Mosaic is born out of simple love for composition and it's a step closer to that wholeness.
The cover art is a photo of a mosaic created by Gaudi, in Barcelona.
Rhythm and Color
Electronic Composition, 2015
The primary aesthetic aspiration of the work is driven by Messiaen's unparalleled illustrations and teachings on the subject of rhythm and color. He often mentioned colors in the works of Max Ernst, Felix Labisse and, especially (my favorite) Robert Delaunay -- the conceptual foundation is rooted in Messiaen's "torrents of color."
Personally, this work represents a going back to my musical beginnings. When I started writing music back in high school, I composed to create something that was my own. Having spent four years working frantically as a freelance composer, and since moving to a more stable, non-musical day-job -- it feels incredible to go back to the beginning, and compose only to create.
Characters for Chamber Orchestra
Premiered by Inscape Chamber Orchestra on May 18th, 2014
The music is built structurally and thematically as a collage. The themes, or characters, are short, playfully twisted ideas that are developed throughout the work into ever-changing textures. To be premiered by Inscape on May 18th.
Seed for String Orchestra
Recorded by Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra
Character for Solo Cello
Premiered by Tim Thulson on June 8th, 2014
Atlas Performing Arts Center, Wash. D.C.