these (were) used to harm is a work written for my close friends and colleagues in Latitude 49, an ensemble sextet dedicated to championing works of living composers.
The work draws inspirations from noise and death metal genres as it reflects on a July 4, 2016 New Yorker article written by Alex Ross entitled "When Music is Violence". Within this article, Ross cites instances where music and sound were used as a means of torture or as a weapon of war, naming the specific songs used in some cases.
these (were) used to harm makes use of those songs mentioned in the article as a means of source material and inspiration for some of the electronic sounds and themes heard throughout the piece.
Composed in the summer of 2017, this work is scored for mixed sextet and live electronics and was and premiered at the Toledo Museum of Art's GlasSalon on October 22, 2017.
Performance by Latitude 49 at SUNY Fredonia
Translucent Bodies is a duo for percussion and electronics written for my friend and collaborator Peter Ferry. The work takes its name from a recurring dream of mine in which an ambiguous figure says the following:
“… and though you believe you can see through me clearly,
I am translucent -
allowing only some light to pass through.
Premiere performance on December 10, 2017 at Slate Arts and Performance gallery in Chicago, IL.
Music for Horizon Lines is an original work of mine for percussion quartet and electronics written in the summer of 2016. The work is in four sections:
III. Into the Night
IV. Song for Healing
The inspiration behind the piece reflects a duality between the natural phenomenon of a sunset over water and the process of healing. Each movement presents a meditation on a texture that represents both a certain stage of the gradual change of a sunset, and the seemingly perpetual mental strain of depression and anxiety. The work is meant to be a sonic journey for one to submerge themselves within as textures gradually shift from one to the next through glacial crossfades between each movement.
John Luther Adams once said that "All noise contains pure tone." Music for Horizon Lines is my way of exploring this notion in an attempt to find clarity and peace of mind. The work was premiered on August 21, 2016 at the Jam Handy building in Detroit, Michigan as part of the Detroit Bureau of Sound's "Hitting Stuff".
Isaac Levine / Electronics Zac Brunell / Percussion + Voice David Newton / Percussion + Voice Chris Sies / Percussion + Voice Jon Taylor / Percussion + Voice