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In 2007/8 I created my own software sythesis system and published a book describing the process.
My compositions have been created with
BasicSynth since that time.
See Sawing is from the idea of something going back-and-forth, like a see saw.
The effect is created by panning the different sounds at different rates.
It can also be considered a pun about "seeing" and what we "saw."
Musically the piece has a meditative, calming style, repetitious in structure,
slowly evolving texturally.
Charism is "an extraordinary power (as of healing) given a Christian by
the Holy Spirit for the good of the church." (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
In general, charism means grace. More specifically, the term is applied to the
spiritual orientation of a religious order of the Catholic church, for example, a teaching order.
The piece was composed using a melody that repeats in different contexts.
A synthetic flute is used for the melody, accompanied by marimba-like,
organ-like, and bell-like synthesized sounds.
Multiple echo units used to create a dynamic texture.
Bounce was conceived as I worked on the echo effect for the BasicSynth synthesizer.
When the echo time is set long enough, and the panning is synchronized with the echo,
the sound of each note seems to bounce.
In terms of musical form, Bounce is a compressed "rondo"
with short phrases alternating and repeating throughout the piece.
Several layers of sound are built up, often like a canon with delayed echo of the phrases.
The exposition of all the themes is followed by an elongation and a thinning of the texture.
A recapitulation of the opening closes the piece.
Whirledwind was inspired by a satellite image of hurricane Katrina
as it made landfall on the coast of Louisiana, USA.
The storm was massive, and was one of the most destructive storms of recent years.
The musical style is "minimalist" or "pattern music"
due to the repetitious and slowly changing musical phrases.
The drum sounds are recorded individual sounds, while everything else is synthesized.
This piece began as music for the video Pulse. I later extended and revised the music into a stand-alone work. The piece is constructed as a contrasting A-B-A' structure. The opening section is a melodic, tonal composition with arpeggiated accompaniment, punctuated by the "pulse", that fades into a point of repose. The middle section, which also functions as a development of the theme, switches to a dissonant, pulsating double "canon" that is blended with fragments of the main theme and arppegiated figures. The recapitualtion varies from the exposition by continuing to build in texture to the end. Produced with CSound and Notelist.
Music for the video "Pretty Flowers". The music is very basic 12-bar blues, a light, somewhat tounge-in-cheek composition to match the images of wildflowers. Produced with CSound and Notelist. The second version was created using BasicSynth.
Music for the video "A Resting Place". The music mirrors the concept of the visuals - a stuggle to find a place of rest within the busy-ness of life. The melodic material is taken from the hymn My Faith Has Found a Resting Place. Produced with CSound and Notelist.
Yamaha DX7, Kawai, and Yamaha FB01 synthesizers controlled by a PC over MIDI.
The 2006 Revision is the same piece, note for note, but using CSound as the synthesizer. I was never happy with the sound quality of the original. Much of the development section in the original is muddy and the counterpoint does not come through clearly. The revised version is much closer to the way the piece was envisioned.
The third version uses BasicSyn th Composer. Note this is cleaner than other versions, which is why I wrote BasicSynth in the first place.
For Synclavier II digital synthesizer and percussion. Another computer composition. The percussion instruments for this piece consisted of "found objects" such as wooden sticks, pots and pans, and a cardboard box bass drum. The percussion parts were performed by my fellow composition students.