Archive for the ‘Sound’ Category

The Red Spot Rhythm Section – Worry: Songs of Homan Freed

Worry Album Cover

 

Worry: Songs of Homan Freed is a collection of songs and journals recently discovered from a future broadcast leaked back in time.  The Red Spot Rhythm Section, along with some special guests, have recreated these temporally homeless songs in this brief retrospective.

Dancing At The Revolution

EP Theathre. Original music production / Sound design. Chicago, 2008.

For this highly stylized theatrical retelling of the life of rabble-rouser Emma Goldman, I wrote music that updated the period socialist-songbook style with some modern sounds and improvisational elements.  Here are the overture and the curtain music, two of my favorite pieces from the show.

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Mt Greenwood Sound Sculpture

Mt. Greenwood Park.  Performance, Audio Co-Production. Chicago, 2008.

This piece was a lot of fun – a performance to inaugurate Chicago Sculpture Works’ piece, Sound Sculpture. The inauguration of the new park and the sculpture itself was capped by a performance by myself, Jacob Worley-Hood, and some percussionists from around Chicago.

Jacob and I co-produced the audio recording for the event, which is the audio track for the video clip below.  The performance was a structured improvisation created by the performers in the days before the inauguration.

Bride of Acacias

Chopin Theatre. Design / Video / Sound. Chicago, 2006

A whilrwind of a one-woman play, this biographic piece traveled around Iran and to Europe and back, following the life of legendary Iranian film-maker Forough Farrokhzad.

Working with source video brought from Iran by the playwright and my own thematic motion graphics, the designer and I came up with a model that would work both as a scenic backdrop and as a metaphor for a woman who often looked at the world through the barriers of her identity.

{ photos by gretchen werner }

Stride Natty Stride

This is one of the first in a series I’m working on for solo piano, adapting stride playing to a catalogue of reggae songs.  Both feature a familiar emphasis on the two and the four, with some walking elements in between.  A cover of the Bob Marley song, “Ride Natty Ride”.  Recorded on my living-room upright.

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Lament Of The Water Bug

Inns of Virginia. Annual Exhibition “I Mean, C’mon Fluff My Pillow.” Installation: “Lament of the Water
Bug.” 2006, Richmond, VA.

This looped audio installation (including the accompanying portrait, framed on the sink) was a narrative piece from the perspective of that lowly water-closet denizen, the water bug.  The exhibition was a series of installations that took place throughout the famous inns of Virginia, with various pieces occupying various rooms; my room was a bathroom.  So, this was site-specific in a way, and more general in a way, as well.

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Jesus Saves Burger King

This piece was created as a musical reaction to the pollution of signage that accosts our eyes when we walk around a big city.  After awhile, it all becomes a mosiac, with some interesting juxtapositions, and this work represents an attempt to render that jumble sonically.

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