A couple years ago my friend Justin (since1902) played a song from Ryoji Ikeda's 2008 album Test Pattern, which he described as a palette-cleanser for the ears. And so began my fondness for glitch music, particularly after encountering the collaborations between Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto (starting with their debut collaborative album Vrioon), where static, … Continue reading Glitch Numbers (Mix)
This is a short improvisation at the electric piano I recorded shortly after By the Birds. It draws its title from my grandmother's favorite poem, The Unknown Soldier by Billy Rose.
Harrison's Song is a piece dedicated to a remarkable artist, friend, and brother, who himself makes an appearance in the first few seconds of the recording. The piano was recorded the day after Harrison graduated from high school with high academic honors.
Imprompt is a small ambient piano piece recorded on a prepared and muted piano, pairing well with In the Trees, Music for Clogged Sinks and Playing a Used Piano, which were also recorded in Sacramento like Imprompt. The piano itself was miked with a studio pair close to the hammers and preparations, with the unintended … Continue reading Imprompt (ambient piano)
Voices contains two sound pieces played on an analog synthesizer, both of which explore methods of gradually developing atmospheric soundscapes from single and sustained tones. In many ways these two pieces -- Nocturne and Vexation -- continue to pursue sounds and textures similar to those found in Snowfall, 3.13, Mandolin, and New York, New York. Unlike the previous three, … Continue reading Voices
"Snowfall, 3.13" is a supplementary track to Sounds in Slower Motion, which I briefly described in an entry last evening. Of the three collected tracks, "Snowfall" is perhaps the calmest and most ambient, and I hope that those who enjoy the work of artists like Thomas Koner will find this work enjoyable. Following is a brief description … Continue reading Snowfall, 3.13
Music from Yesterday is constructed from three sources of sound fed into a mixer and recorded directly to audio cassette tape. This was a matter of practicality rather than an intentional aesthetic choice, because a mixer of some sort is required to bring certain sources of sound to the surface. Having never worked with tape recording … Continue reading Music from Yesterday (for Korbi and Katie)