1. I recorded my own handclaps for this.

     

  2. eff-nsa-utah-data-center

     

  3. This is a recomposition of music & text by Hildegard von Bingen (01098-01179). The vocal performance by Ann Blake (02013) combines two different texts, Columba aspexit and O viridissima virga, but I’ve used only a few of the phrases. Additional sound sources include synthesizers, footsteps in the dirt of the Mojave desert, and corrupted files. 

    Musical anachronism is probably my favourite form of appropriation. Here is another example.

     

  4. A crepuscule with synth & violin.

     

  5. When I get tired of working in a critical, analytic frame of mind, I need to do something fun. This jam session was inspired by the beautiful weather we’ve had in the Bay Area this past week.

     

  6. Not too long ago, I watched a video of Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) explaining his live performance setup. One memorable comment he made was something along the lines of “I’m not running a Max patch or anything, I’m just clicking madly with this mouse” to produce glitchy sounds using simple audio-playback software. I wanted to see if I could mimic the imprecision and inexactitude that he loves so much, ironically by using a really janky sampling instrument I made in Max for Live. This track certainly doesn’t prove anything, but it was fun to try.

     

  7. Another page in the sketchbook. Channeling fun times with friends.

     

  8. Holism

    A system is less a thing than a pattern. It is a pattern of events, its existence and character deriving less from the nature of its components than from their organization. As such it consists of a dynamic flow of interactions. It is “non-summative” and irreducible; that is, the character of a system as a pattern of organization is altered with the addition, subtraction or modification of any piece. Hence it is more than the sum of its parts. This “more” is not something extra, like a vitalist principle or an élan vital, but a new level of operation which the interdependence of its parts permits. It is lost from view when a system’s composite units are investigated independently.

    Joanna Macy, Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory (1991), 72

     

  9. Something complete

    About one year ago, a good friend of mine suggested that I set myself a goal in order to take my hobby of music composition/production to the next level: “make an album or something.” Well, I did set that goal for myself, but I didn’t make it. Nevertheless, I’ve passed various mini-milestones since then. As a way of acknowledging the completeness of existence—or better, that there is no completeness or non-completeness—I’ve put together a small selection of finished tracks from the past few years. It’s not an album, but it marks my letting go of this music.

    Each of these tracks needed little bit of extra attention to finalize the mix. So these versions are more finished than my previous uploads of the same tracks. The most significant changes I made were in Gamera (California Desert Remake), which now has much improved balance and dynamics, and a new title; and Free Induction Decay, which I won’t bother explaining (but see the description on SoundCloud, it’s pretty neat).

    So, for the entertainment and edification of my friends:

     

  10. A sketch inspired by Mahmoud, with violin playing & effects that modulate by following the amplitude of their output.

     

  11. To all those who awkwardly fumbled through another year.

     

  12. More mindless music production, strictly for fun. “I have headphones and I can do the DJ.”