Envelop(e)

Skewed Visions is a Minneapolis-based arts organization specializing in site-specific performance. They created this unique series called Cubicle. To sum it up in their words:

Welcome to CUBICLE, a new series of podcasts meant to be watched while at work (shh!). We invited artists from a range of disciplines to create short pieces on the theme of ‘work.’ You can find one here every month or so until the year is up (or until you get caught).

This is the second piece I’ve done collaborating with director Rachel Perlmeter. She has a background in radio, and thought it would be interesting to not do a video, but a strictly audio contribution to the series. In order to work with the presentation design Skewed Visions had already setup, they made a video for it that was just a black screen. Somewhat appropriate given the last piece Rachel and I worked on together (along with some other friends), the Marat/Sade production at Macallister College.

Rachel wrote the script, and we recorded it at McNally Smith College of Music, using their recording studios and a couple of student engineers (who did an amazing job, by the way.) I took the audio of the voices and editing together a complete take, and worked with the pacing a little bit. From there I added all the other music. The primary music in the piece is an older work of mine for four cellos, called “Saturations II-A”. I played around with an old recording of that piece to make most of the music in the piece.

Hope you enjoy it – it was fun to work on. If you do, please consider making a contribution to Skewed Visions by going here.

envelop(e): A RADIO PLAY FOR 2 VOICES WITH 3 ASPECTS IN 4 MOVEMENTS from Skewed Visions on Vimeo.

After Voyage

voyageThis piece was done as part of the “Art Inspired Music” Project at McNally Smith College of Music. Students were paired with a local visual artist, and tasked with “translating” a visual work of art to a musical medium. As a faculty member, I couldn’t resist, so I joined in the fun.

From the gallery book:
“When I first met Alonso at his studio to talk about the work, my initial reaction was to make short audio samples of the piece and compose a musical work out of those sounds (how often do you get to bang on an actual piece of Art?) However, what came to me while I was working on the music was much more involved than just using samples of the work. Alonso talked about the piece symbolizing the voyage made by his family when entering the United States as immigrants. Having never experienced a cultural uprooting so sever, I tried to abstract the idea into musical analogies, and treat the piece as a musical voyage. It begins in a world filled with natural sound: wood (incidentally, all taken from the sculpture itself), with some harmonic string instruments familiar to everyone (cello and violin). As the piece progresses, the natural sounds leave their familiar ground, and gradually transform into electronic sounds. Thus, the voyage of acoustic (familiar/home) to electronic (unfamiliar/new) is the voyage taken in my audio rendering of Alonso’s Voyage.”

Portrait of a Homeless Man

portraitofahomelessmanPortrait of a Homeless Man was completed in 2002. The video and audio features dialogues and scenes from several nights on the streets in Baltimore. The main subject is “Wayne”, a homeless man in Baltimore.

Duration: 6:23

Lazarus

lazarusLazarus was originally conceived to be a scene within a larger multimedia work based on Richard Grossman’s novel “The Book of Lazarus”. Although the full scale production never made it to fruition, this scene was completed and performed with 2 actors at the Johns Hopkins University film festival in 2003. In early 2005, it was revisited to stand on its own without the actors involved.

The video work was done by Kajsa Brown and Emily Meyer.

Duration: 8:03