I wrote this wind quintet during the Spring 2007 semester. I decided to further explore a phrygian cluster (C, D-flat, E-flat, F) idea which I first used in a string serenade. The cluster expands outwards while maintaining the inner two pitches to B, D-flat, E-Flat, F-sharp. This harmonic movement is really the basis for the entire piece, though it is transposed and reinvented several times. Read the rest of this entry »
I created this piece while taking a class about 8-channel music with Dr. Jon Welstead. I took the class out of sequence, taking it as my second technology course rather than my last. Working with 8 discrete channels was a lot of fun, but I feel that my piece could have been a bit better had I been more familiar with all of the tools involved while creating it. This piece features sounds recorded from my apartment on North Farwell Avenue. Sadly, the jet engine-like sounds come from unedited recordings of our furnace. Read the rest of this entry »
This piece is the product of an entire semester of uninterrupted effort. I spent nearly half of the semester planning and experimenting before I actually began to write this work for solo piano. I developed my own harmonic system for the piece by rethinking the way triads are formed in a scale. Read the rest of this entry »
This whimsical piece was written for an electronic music course at UWM. The sounds are sampled from the stairs of the music building, and the plunking melody is created by looping tuned sounds at different beat intervals. In a semester full of dark, intense, droning sounds, this was a much needed break. Read the rest of this entry »
This is the final project from my first electronic music course at UWM. We were given a bank of sounds, a few videos to pick from, and told to go to work! The project was a lot of fun and I think it still holds up really well today.