Works - previous projects
humans are stories of non-human things (2020)
selected for an honourable mention in loadbang's 2021 commission competition
c. 9 minutes
When the apocalypse has come and the human race is no more, the world will be covered
in a layer of detritus that will signify our time here. This layer will be primarily comprised
of our waste; the things we have thrown away. Materials such as plastic, glass, concrete,
and radiation will be all that survive us.
This piece aims to bring the ‘waste’ or ‘away’ sounds of the trumpet and its player into sharp
focus. Breath noise, tongue-rams, valve-clicks, throat noise, and split tones caused by
inconsistencies of the embouchure are the entire focus of this piece. These are all sounds
that are generally negated and ignored by the performer; ironed out by years of practice
and good technique.
Reminiscent of a land-fill site, this piece is about trash; tons and tons of putrefied garbage
processually and continually being tossed into a landfill site. The trash gets crushed under
its own weight, gradually being boiled down to a rancid broth of carrion and carcasses.
Most of my scores are available for perusal in full. If you would like parts and/or printed copies, please get in touch via my contacts page!
Live performance by Ensemble Uncaged; Longy School of Music of Bard College's contemporary music ensemble (05/10/2021).
Performers: Nick Schlayer, Hollyn Slykhuis, Abby Temple