Need a gift for a gifted musician?
- DMA thesis Polytempic Polymicrotonality
- Hypercube, for string quartet
- Sit Down, Shut Up
- Jove Defeats Saturn
I earned my DMA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in composition where I finished writing a thesis on Polytempic Polymicrotonal music, initially pioneered by Charles Ives in his Universe Symphony, from 1915-1925. I am also a drummer and I am interested in composing in the style of polytempic polymicrotonal music, which serves as an expansion of Ives, and also an expansion of what Xenakis called Outside Time structures, impoverished since the beginning of polyphony, but being replenished today and into the future, due to the resurgence of microtonality and the composer's desire to increase the pitch palette. I am in love with the idea of deliberately pairing tempo to tuning, framing each tuning in relief from its surroundings by different tempos, thus creating an other dimensional musical space.
I also write electroacoustic music in ProTools, such as the Bounced Around series, Gorgeous Monstrosity, and Drums of War, and I have a fair amount of drum-set compositions, in particular, 3:4:5:7, where I play four simultaneous meters with a common downbeat, and improvise in each independent meter/tempo. This piece is polytempic. Alien Music features this same drum-set composition and has added parts in different tunings: slendro/pelog, 19-TET, Just, and 12-TET. Both pieces are in this list!! Enjoy!