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The Lawrence University Wind Ensemble premieres Bending Light

The Lawrence University Wind Ensemble directed by Andrew Mast premiered Bending Light on Saturday, February 2 at 8:00 PM CST in the Chapel at Lawrence University.

The Lawrence University Ensemble also premiered this this piece on March 8, 8:00 PM CST at Lawrence University and on March 21 at 4:00 PM at UNC Greensboro as part of the College Band Directors National Association.

New Trombone Collective performs Three Fanfares at Slide Factory in Rotterdam, NL (2011)

My composition Three Fanfares was a finalist in the 2011 Slide Factory Composition Battle and was premiered by the New Trombone Collective.

Michael Mizrahi, The Bright Motion

Pianist Michael Mizrahi's new album, The Bright Motion was released May 29, 2012 on New Amsterdam Records. The album includes my work Faux Patterns. The recording this piece was partially funded by an Encore Grant from the American Composers Forum.

The Bright Motion features world premiere recordings of new pieces by William Brittelle, Ryan Brown, Patrick Burke, Mark Dancigers, and Judd Greenstein.

The album can be preordered here.


In conjunction with the release, Michael will be performing works from the album in concert in NYC and Washington, DC:

New York City: (le) poisson rouge on June 12

Washington, DC: Strathmore on June 15.

Experiments with Max/MSP and the Kinect

I am currently working on controlling Max/MSP using the Microsoft Kinect. This short video is a demonstration of my first experiment.

Sounds are creating using bandpass vocoding on pulse trains. Hand hits control pitch and harmony changes, resynthesized sounds (sine, saw, noise, pulse train) and pulse train period. Hand gestures control volume (y axis), panning (x axis across the screen), resynthesized pulse train width (y axis), and impulse pulse train width (z axis).

"What Hath God Wrought" Video

Eric Souther, my colleague in New Media at IU South Bend created this video for my piece "What Hath God Wrought"

The recording is by my new music group, pulsoptional, and appears on our first album available here.

.–– …. .– – / …. .– – …. /– –. ––– –.. / .–– .–. ––– ..– – –. …. –
"What Hath God Wrought" was the first telegraphed message sent from Washington, DC to Baltimore by Samuel Morse on May 12, 1844. The music is derived from the dots and dashes of this message. The video depicts the three-part form of the music (Encoding, Transmission, Decoding), using found footage for the outer sections and a present day trip from the U.S. Capitol to Baltimore.

pulsoptional Residencies

In March 2012 pulsoptional, Durham's Band of Composers, is in residency at IU South Bend and Alephi University. The residencies include readings of student compositions written especially for pulsoptional along with the puls::plus concert. This concert highlights music from nearly a decade of pulsoptional's activity, from early pieces that have not been publicly performed in several years to recent works currently in preparation for their next recorded release.

In addition to these staples of the group's repertoire, puls::plus features two premieres: Sidney Boquiren's ritualistic soundtrack for Cuttlefish by filmmaker Jane Pickett; and a collective arrangement of O Superman (for Massenet), Laurie Anderson's enduring 1981 classic.

Press about the South Bend event can be found here.

Liber Abaci

A new video of the University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble performing Liber Abaci on November 7, 2010. Ben Stiers conductor. The UK Percussion Ensemble is directed by James Campbell.

Liber Abaci was premiered by the Truman State Percussion Ensemble directed by Michael Bump on October 30, 2009 and has also been performed by the Lawrence University Percussion Ensemble, University of Texas at Austing Percussion Ensemble, and Central Michigan University.

Liber Abaci received the first place prize in the 2009 Percussive Arts Society Composition Competition