In Place is an exploration of the sounds of home and the mental states that arise from being sheltered in place. The source material for the piece is recordings of pots, glasses, running water, and a dog barking at a broom. These familiar sounds are then altered in both size and texture. A major theme explored is the transformation of states of matter: solids become liquid, and liquids become frozen and crystalline. Through the (d)evolution of sounds, In Place explores the constant flux of perception of the external world and the internal worlds of thought, memory, and daydreams.
I recorded all sounds using a stereo pair of Røde M5 microphones. I used GRM Tools plugins, Spear, and RX to edit and process the sound creating a folder of sonic assets that I used to construct the piece. The piece was arranged and mixed using Reaper, IEM Ambisonic plugins. In Place follows a palindromic form based around material: ceramic, glass, water, straw/animal, water, glass, ceramic.
This winter I had the honor of composing music to accompany the Artwork of Laura Spaulding Best, inspired by the landscape of the American West. This past weekend we celebrated the opening of I hear what you’re seeingat Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The exhibition is on view now, through April 26th.
January 17th is the opening of the exhibition I hear what you’re seeing at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. My composition Roadside Apparition will be featured in the exhibition alongside Laura Spaulding Best’s painting Refracted Oasis. The exhibition runs through April and viewers will be able to see paintings by Arizona based artists paired with newly commissioned music.
Roadside Apparition will also be released on Soundcloud for listeners outside of the Phoenix/Scottsdale area.
From the Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts Website:
“What does a painting sound like? What do sounds look like?
The exhibition I hear what you’re seeing highlights seven paintings and drawings by Arizona artists, imaginatively narrated in sound by students from Arizona State University’s School of Music and ASU’s School of Arts, Media and Engineering.”
Check out the latest video release, “Creases” by Dylan Owen. Directed by Brian Petchers and shot in upstate New York, the song and video explore growing up, the loss of innocence, and the search for new beginnings. I’m proud to have played electric guitar on the track, which was written by Dylan Owen and Skinny Atlas.
I am proud to announce a really cool placement of my track “There and Back” in the Investigation Discovery show Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda. “There and Back” is featured in the score of episode 6 of season 7 “Jeckyll and Hyde”.
Homicide Hunters showcases major cases from the career of retired Colorado Springs Detective Joe Kenda. Full Episodes are available for streaming on the Investigation Discovery Website
The newly released video for Dylan Owen’s single, directed by Brian Petchers, perfectly captures the nostalgic, and heartfelt message of the song. So proud to have produced this instrumental, alongside Skinny Atlas. Shout out to the songs mix engineer Billy Centenaro, for making my acoustic guitar sound so good!
It’s a cool experience when a music placement helps you learn about a sub-culture that you didn’t know existed.
My track “Junior’s Blues” has gotten a lot of love recently from the Discovery Network, and was featured on Episodes 9 and 10 of the series “Vegas Rat Rods”
I’ve learned that rat rods are the grittier, no-frills cousin to hot rods. As described on Wikipedia, “Originally, rat rods were a counter-reaction to the high-priced ‘customs’ and typical hot rods, many of which were seldom driven and served only a decorative purpose. The rat rod’s inception signified a throwback to the hot rods of the earlier days of hot-rod culture—built according to the owner’s abilities and with the intention of being driven. Biker, greaser, rockabilly, psychobilly, and punk sub-cultures are often cited as influences that shaped rat rodding.”
Motteo is an emerging alt-pop artist releasing his first EP, I’m desperate for you, in summer 2019. Set to punchy synth textures with catchy pop melodies, Motteo writes about a deficit of intimacy. Fascinated by intimacy and relationships, the artist writes about his experience and what he’s witnessed in modern dating and social/online life.
I worked with Motteo in NYC in late 2018 developing his demos into fully produced songs. I also produced the vocal recording sessions and edited and mixed the EP’s vocals.
The first single off the EP is “Desperate”, which explores the anxious longing for lost love.