the stars alight
The Stars Alight is a moving song cycle for three voices which incorporates live granular synthesis (via Max MSP and an XBox Kinect), acoustic performances, and light. The cycle is based on myths derived from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and explores themes of singing as magic, therianthropy, shape-shifting, and the birth of the universe. Originally composed as part of the MA Sonic Arts studies in performance, it was premiered in the Sonic Lab at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast in May 2014, and recently presented in Canada at the Music Gallery, Toronto (Feb 2016).
The video above was taken at a performance of excerpts and improvisations at PS2 Gallery, as part of the Round Buttons Square Tones festival, June 2014.
The clip below is a playful excerpt of the original performance at the SARC, Belfast, May 2014. Lighting / set design by Lisa Conway.
Broadcasted as part of The Dark Outside 2014 (Galloway Forest, Scotland) - a 24 hr FM transmission of music that nobody had ever heard before.
the air teemed with wings
An exploration of physicality and gesture, using room tones, pianos and violins. Composed for the MA Composition Seminar at the Sonic Arts Research Center, Belfast.
the seeds of jupiter
From "Alien Songs" - a collection of compositions created using HighC, a UPIC-like graphic notation program, where one is able to draw different waveforms to create pieces.
tangled / in honour of
Two compositions from The Ballad Project (released under LCON), orchestrated for double bass and voice, and performed in the derelict old music hall in Sackville, New Brunswick, in August 2012. Recorded with one microphone by James Anderson.
An experiment in tracing maps and historical buildings into the program HighC as a composition method.