Music

Works are organized into solo, electronic, chamber, and large ensemble categories. Click on a title to view the program notes, score, and listen to a recording of the work if available. Past performances, awards, and festival/conference acceptances for pieces can be found under Complete List of Works through the Curriculum Vitae.

You can check out my first full-length album, Four Idols, here:

Four Idols is inspired by Francis Bacon’s philosophy of the four idols of the mind, which are errors of thinking and judgement caused by flawed reasoning, philosophical bias, ill and unfit words, and personal experiences.

These ideas are explored throughout the album thematically, such as in The Witch Hunt, which references the Mass Witch Trials in early modern Europe and Bacon’s Idols of the Tribe, as well as musically using live electronics and digital instruments. In Mirage, the Idol of the Cave is represented using the feedback between a microphone and a speaker, controlled with four push/pull solenoids to represent the self-referential nature of these idols. Reconstruct grapples with the Idols of the Theater, which are due to sophistry and false learning. These idols are built within the fields of science, theology, and philosophy, and according to Bacon must be dismantled and replaced. There is a musical metaphor in which the sounds of three crystal glasses are recorded, deconstructed, changed, and then reassembled in continuously to create changing textures and rhythms.

Each piece was created using a unique set of instruments, controllers, and digital signal processing techniques. Many familiar instruments are used, such as crystal glasses, cymbals, synthesizers, a cajon, and disklavier. It draws influence from multiple electronic music genres, such as ambient and drone based music, glitch and noise music. Four Idols synthesizes these musical and philosophical ideas and creates a unifying musical language that centers between improvisation and process, rhythm and texture, and noise and beauty.


Solo

Wall-To-Wall
solo piano
2019

Scherzo
solo marimba
2016

Prelude
saxophone quartet
2015

A Thousand Trees
solo flute
2019

Prelude & Reverie
for solo marimba
2015

Piano Miniatures
solo piano
2015

Three
solo Bb clarinet
2018

Trance
solo marimba
2015


Electronic

Reconstruct
crystal glass and live electronics
2020

Sunbeam
2-channel fixed media
2020

The Player Record
sound art installation
2020

Randrum
sound art installation
2020

Music for Keys
solo live electronics
2019

Drip
2-channel fixed media
2020

Dodecahedron
audio-visual
2020

Mass Mind
voice & live electronics
2019

Etude for Buffer
solo live electronics
2019

The Witch Hunt
disklavier
2020

Algo-Rhythm
MaxMSP application
2020

Studies in Rhythm
MaxMSP
2020

Tactus
2-channel fixed media
2018


Chamber

Lanterns
string Quartet
2020

The Seventh Wave
string orchestra
2017

Waltz
alto saxophone and piano
2015

ImPULSE
percussion quartet
2019

A Thousand Trees
chamber ensemble
2016

A Thousand Trees
chamber ensemble
2016

Skimmed Mourning
mezzo-soprano and cello
2019

The Seventh Wave
woodwind quintet
2015


Large Ensemble

The Clock and the Train
wind ensemble
2020