Experimental Projects A primarily explores relationships between sound, determinacy, and euphony.
In gap of dunloe, an improvisation on seven out of tune notes on an old piano is paired with uncut samples of field recordings. As horses trot, people walk, wind blows, and people yell into in the mountains, the piano's notes beat with a simple melody.
In Open, soft tam-tam and bass drums mallets are repeatedly struck against the lower register of a baby grand piano. By slightly expanding the range of the attacks, a full droning texture is created with eventual sympathetic upper harmonics rising above the low rumble.
In Rain Music, cut up recordings from a summer storm in Washington, D.C. are layered to great effect. With the field recorder under a resonant steel bowl, polyrhythms and indeterminate attacks are at the forefront of the piece with thunder, fire engines, and a vocal dog providing some incidental expansions of register and texture.
In Beating, using physical properties of sounds, low register, close interval organ pipes are used to create multiple concurrent pulses through beats. Recorded at the Lovely Lane Methodist Church during a recital by Benjamin Teague, the space itself contributes to the effectiveness of the piece, with the dome of the ceiling creating a perfect whispering gallery.
are these our streets? explores community and gentrification in Washington, D.C. through a field recording of walking through a historically Salvadoran community. The sounds of new buses on recently created routes, majority english speaking, and the pulse of uninterrupted walking are paired with electronically manipulated extended piano technique to communicate the feelings of intense dysphoria and dissonance with the displacement of long-time community members.
Flashbacks to a beautiful moment uses a summer rainstorm in Melbourne, Australia as a backdrop to explorations of timbre from a variety of percussion instruments and cor anglais, and the expansion of a harmonic progression played by a disklavier. Inspired by memories of a loved one, the piece uses space and time to paint a building feeling, eventually released into calm.