Compositions & Research


Recent Compositions and primary performances
All compositions licensed through Broadcast Music, Inc. [BMI]

Winds of Change
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and Kyma processing, 2011 Commissioned by SJSU professor Dr. Janet Averett.

Summer Phantoms: Nocturne, piano and fixed electronics, 2011
Commissioned by Jeri-Mae Astolfi for a CD (Innova Records) and concert tour
Performances: University of Florida (premiere: January 2012) and University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (2012).

Sea Lion Mix
Computer processed sea lion & human sounds, 2009
Performances: art gallery and concert in California, Illinois (Electronic Music Midwest 2010 festival [EMM]).

Ekphrasis 1: Inner Landscape
Voice and computer processing, 2009
Performances: art gallery and concert in California.

Remembering Allen
Computer processed voice, 2008
Composed for the 60x60 project, included on the 'Crimson Mix' (360 degrees of 60x60); in conjunction with the 2010 International Computer Music Conference [ICMC], New York & Stony Brook, NY), and on the 'Pacific Rim Mix' (2008). Additional performances in Australia, Canada, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Taiwan, and the US (California, Illinois – EMM 2010, Massachusetts, and Ohio).

Name Droppings
Computer processed voices, 2008
Commissioned by the University of Illinois to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Electronic Music Studios at UIUC
Published on UIUC CD: In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios (1958-2008), 2008.
Performances: Radio performances on Radio France and Oberlin, OH public radio. Concert performances in California, Georgia, Kansas (Electronic Music Midwest 2009 [EMM]), Minnesota (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States 2010 [SEAMUS]), Mississippi, and New Mexico (Society of Composers, Inc. 2009 [SCI] / Santa Fe International Festival of Electroacoustic Music).

System of Shadows
Trumpet & Flugelhorn and Kyma processing, 2007
Published review in Computer Music Journal.
Performances: Radio performance, Oberlin, OH. Concert performances in California, Illinois (EMM 2008), Indiana (SEAMUS 2009), Missouri, New York (ICMC 2010), Washington, and Vienna, Austria (Kyma International Sound Symposium [KISS2010], September 2010.)

Pacific Rim: Three Preludes
Piano, 2006
Composed for Dr. Gwendolyn Mok, SJSU Performances: concerts in California and Hong Kong.

Lobby Reforms
Audience and Kyma processing, 2006
Pre-concert installations: Montana and California.

Drei Kinderstücke
Piano, 2004
Published: Chroma: New Music for Piano, Jeri-Mae Astolfi. Capstone Records (CPS-8810), 2008.
Radio performances on NPR. Concert performances in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia (College Music Society 2008 [CMS]), Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin, and Hungary (“Vántus István Kortárszenei Napok” music festival, Szeged, 2007).

(Disturbed) Radiance
Piano and Kyma, 2005
Performances: Radio broadcast in Massachusetts. Concerts in California, Illinois, Kansas (EMM 2005), Montana, Missouri, and Oregon (SEAMUS 2006).

Violin and Kyma computer system, 2002
Published: Ghost Strings, Patricia Strange, violin. IMG Media, CD-02-01, 2006. CD available from the Island Music Guild, CDBaby, and other outlets.
Performances: SoundProof concert tour 2011; plus concerts in Arizona (SEAMUS 2003), California, Florida (Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival 2003 [FEMF]), Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri (EMM 2003), New Mexico, Oregon, England, Australia, and Singapore (ICMC 2003).

Roundabout: Four Canons and Something Else
Percussion ensemble (9 performers), 2000
Score published: Warner Brothers Publications / Belwin-Mills Publishing Corp., 2002.
Performances: California and Oklahoma.

Still Harmless [BASS]ically
Electric bass and Kyma, 2000
Published review in Journal SEAMUS.
Radio broadcast in Massachusetts. SoundProof concert tour 2011; plus concerts in Alabama, Arizona, California (including 'Rebuild Haiti Benefit Concert' at SJSU, 2010), Florida (FEMF 2001), Illinois (EMM 2002), Montana, Oregon, Virginia (EA Barn Dance 2011), and England.

difference (no doubt it queues) -and- an abstract (difference (queues))
computer-processed voice, 1997
Published: The Frog Peak Collaborations Project, a double audio CD international compilation of 115 short compositions on a sound text by Australian sound poet Chris Mann, Frog Peak Music, FP007 (1998).
Radio and web concerts - including 'The Latest Score' program, WOMR 92.1 FM, Massachusetts (2010); 'Martian Gardens' radio program, WMUA 91.1 FM, Massachusetts (2010); and SEAMUS Web-Clip (1997 & 1998).
Live concerts in California, Georgia, New Mexico, New York, Argentina, and Finland.

computer-generated tape, 1994 (revised 1999)
Published: Music from the Center for Research in Electro-Acoustic Music, Consortium to Distribute Computer Music CD series, Volume 26, Centaur Records, CRC 2404 (1998).
Reviewed in Computer Music Journal.
Performances: radio performances and live concerts in California, Florida (FEMF 1999), Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong (ICMC 1996), and Luxembourg.

Refraction: Three Gestural Reflections
trombone quartet, 1992
Score published by International Trombone Association Press (distributed by Southern Music Company).
Performances: concerts in California, Massachusetts, Minnesota (CMS 1993), Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Four Proportional Preludes
piano, 1991
Published: SCI CD No. 11: Chamber Works, Janis Mercer, piano. Capstone Records, CPS-8651 (1998).
Score published in SCI Journal of Music Scores, Vol. 24, European American Music/C.F. Peters, (1998).
Performances: concerts in Arizona, California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Japan.


1) Real-time computer systems for composition and performance.
Published articles:
"System of Shadows, an interactive performance environment for trumpet/flugelhorn and Kyma." (co-authored with Stephen Ruppenthal)
Proceedings of the 2010 International Computer Music Conference, pp. 34-40. International Computer Music Association, 2010.

“Live performance interaction for humans and machines in the early twenty-first century: one composer’s aesthetics for composition and performance practice.”
Organised Sound, Vol. 8, No. 3, December 2003. Cambridge University Press. pp. 305-312.

“Compositional and programming issues within Lyra, a fully interactive performance environment for violin and Kyma system.”
Proceedings of the 2003 International Computer Music Conference. International Computer Music Association, 2003. pp. 91-94.

“Using Kyma as a live interactive performance environment”
Bay Area Computer Music Technology Group at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies [CNMAT], UC Berkeley, CA, November 2007.

2) Contemporary theories of formal design and microtonal pitch space.
Published article: “Theoretical and formal continuity in James Tenney’s music”
Contemporary Music Review, Vol. 27, No. 1, Routledge, February 2008, pp. 23-45.

3) Emerging technology and its impact on society. Lecture-demonstration presented at Re-Imagine Media Conference, Modesto, CA, March 2008. “Emerging Media Implications in Music: Cool Tech. vs. Artistic Relevance”

4) Allen Strange Archive (in collaboration with Stephen Ruppenthal and Patricia Strange)
- Cataloging Allen's music (scores, sound files, and sound design algorithms), writings, and correspondence for the Allen Strange Archive
- Revised NGate and Misty Magic Land for performance.
- Prepared electronic tracks of Velocity Studies III: RIP for performance and recording.
- Produced studio recordings of NGate and Misty Magic Land.
- Working on critical biography of Allen (co-authored with S. Ruppenthal)
- Curated a concert in memory of Allen at the 2010 International Computer Music Conference, New York, NY, June 2010.