a multimedia mini-opera premiered at princeton in december 2004. i composed music and theater elements for melissa madden gray [voice and action], tim o'dwyer [saxophones and action] and myself [laptop] [and sloth]. the text was based on a group of zen koans. mike houston and eric knisley created an original animation for the project. the inestimable liz brody did the lighting. you can view just the tape music with animation here [120 mb].
music for a show by a dozen artists of prints related to benjamin franklin -- you know, the joker who said, 'all cats are gray in the dark.' he also invented an instrument called the glass armonica. my piece uses recordings of the glass armonica and other glass-derived sounds [processed and not], a physical model of the instrument, and recordings of an amazing oral history provided by one of the armonica's leading advocates, cecilia brauer. the project was designed by artist kip deeds.
projects i'm working on now:
a piece for alphorn and digital delay for the great canadian alphornist, mike cumberland. mike is a long-time and mighty torque providing playah in various projects of r. murray schafer's. i met him in the haliburton forest in ontario, participating in schafer's 'wolf project.' we'll perform a group of pieces [composer emily doolittle and others are also at work...] this spring in central park and other public spaces. click here for details on writing for the alphorn.
following the international blockbuster success of our first collaborative piece, ping, ceramic artist rebekah wostrel [wife of me] and i are designing new interactive sculptures made of porcelain, cast paper, homemade felt and electronics.
music for parabolic speakers on remote controlled boats and shakuhachi quintet -- also known [to connoisseurs of fine music all over the world] as fountain music.