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Compositions and Performances

20s and Earlier

2003-2009 Two Preludes, after Frederic Chopin

2005-2006 Media Games
Early new media, intermedia, multimedia, and mixed-media projects including text, graphical, and interactive performance pieces assessing and exploring ideas about sharing, identity, privacy, espionage, propaganda, advertising, and other topics related to media. The works began as a chessboard with a circular reset button and had several subsequent versions with projects contained inside squares, foreshadowing developments in how the media would unfold.

2006 (Revised 2016) To Be Heard, Not Listened To
Music is selected for handheld devices, participants must find partners with matching music by movement alone.

2006 Text Piece
Text instructions for a piece, performed at Berklee in 2006 on Two Pianos.

2006 Generative Music
A concept-piece in which music is generated from combinations and patterns.

2006 Patterns (Scattered Piece)
Short fragments of the piece were scattered around the Berklee campus and put in between piano strings.

2006 Sound-Cancellation Piece (Revised 2017, from a 2006 concept)
The listener or audience stands in the middle of two speakers that rotate on a circumference, as the inverse of Siren Piece.

2006 Sound-Painting Sequence
A short animation with bursts of sound and paintings.

2006 Pick a Color
An experimental text piece of music where each improviser picks a color and follows instructions for the color. First performed at OSU Urban Arts Space on October 21, 2010 with Rocco di Pietro, Larry Marotta, Ryan Jewel, and Abigail Fabyan. Studio version included on the Four Experimental Works Compilation.

2006 Redial for Mobile Phones
A ring tone piece in the style of Terry Riley. It was performed on six pianos at Berklee in March 2006 with the intention of future multi-location performances.

2007-2008 Gradus ad Parnassum and Studies
A study of counterpoint with over 200 small pedagogical pieces and many canons.

2009 Two Inventions for Ohio Musicians.

2009 Four Fugues
From various periods.

2009 Quartet
A classical quartet.

2006-12 Music of the Spheres and Surprise Indonesia (Revised 2017)
An electro acoustic piece using sounds from a gamelan ensemble and electronics. Included in the performance was Music of the Spheres, Visual Scores for a Spatial Interactive Instrument. It was performed at Skylab Gallery in Columbus Ohio on May 1, 2010 with Andrew Rahman. Included on the Four Experimental Works compilation.

2010 Spectral Music (Revised 2017)
A piece using manipulated sounds and generative music. It was performed at Skylab Gallery in Columbus Ohio on May 1, 2010 with Andrew Rahman on Tibetan singing bowl and Robin Baidya on violin. Included on the Four Experimental Works compilation.

2004-10 (Revised 2017) Moon Phases
A minimalist piece written as an homage to Terry Riley based on the phases of the moon. It was started in high school and finished several years later. Its first performance was at OSU Urban Arts Space with Rocco di Pietro, Larry Marotta, and Abigail Fabyan on October 21, 2010. Included on the Four Experimental Works compilation. The 2017 revision adds an additional phase as an alternate ending and other minor alternate changes for phases.

2002-2010 Three Piano Sonatas
In three movements each. Influences from the Classical, Impressionist, and Modern eras. The minuet from the second was recorded as Nouveau Idiot Savant and included on Other Ways of Seeing. Performed at Skylab Gallery in Summer 2010.

2010 The Garden of Eden Symphony Movement for Orchestra

2010 Sound-Mass, after Meredith Monk

2012 (Revised 2016) Siren Piece (Revised from Siren Installation, 2012)

2013 Text Octet in 8 Parts

2013 (Revised 2016) Songs of the Zodiac for Glass Bottles or Voices (Revised from Zodiac for Audience Voices, 2013) Performed at the International Noise Conference in Columbus Ohio, 2013

2013 Sephirot, for Violin and Piano as part of The Rooms

2014 Visual Octet in 8 Parts

2014-2015 Scores from The Rooms

1. Sephirot
2. Colosseum
3. The Baths
4. The Birdcage
5. An Illusion
6. The Assembly
7. The Carnival
8. The Dining Hall
9. The Boat
10. The Fountain
11. The Planetarium
12. The Throne
13. The Ark
14. The Armory
15. The Concert Hall
16. The Dressing Room
17. The Bedroom
18. The Gymnasium
19. The Garden
20. The Library
21. The Sanctuary (10 Million Points of Light)
22. The Void

2015 Nature Studies for Piano

2016 Harmonic Etude for Guitars or Stringed Instruments

2015-2016 Pulses, revised as Epistemology, for The Rooms


2017 Music for the Sake of Making Music

1. Mountain Brook
2. Blues and Ragas
3. Japanese Counterpoint
4. Gamelan
5. African Landscapes
6. Staircases and Illusions
7. Harmonic Soundscape
8. Jazz Etude, from Sephirot
9. Long Patterns
10. Shorthand
11. Mbira Theme
12. Native American Flute Polyphony
13. Tarka Polyphony
14. Ragas and Binaural Beats
15. Singing Bowls and Binaural Beats
16. En Plein Air
17. Ocean
18. Memory
19. Middle-Eastern
20. Reflections
21. Persian Invention
22. Dreamscape
23. Demarcations
24. Alchemy Processes for Two
25. Group Hocket

2017 Music from Fountain I-XXII

2017 Alchemy Cards
A card game for creating and enhancing works in any medium.

2017 Music for Chess (from a 2005 concept)
Score with instructions for playing a chess game with music and creating additional musical chess sets and game variations.

2017 Winds (from a 2005 sketch)
A revisited early work with many polytonal chords and graphic notation for techniques.

2017 Geodesics

1. Poles
2. Meridians
3. Tropics (Equator)
4. Gyroscope

2017 Hours of the Day
Paintings with Description for Musical Interpretation
Including Geodesics

2018 Constellations

88 Improvised piano pieces recorded with a bass part, middle register improvised part, higher register improvised part, bass string harmonics, and strummed chords on the piano using the sostenuto pedal. In 12 Tone Equal Temperament to Shruti Tuning, assigning the 72 ragas and 16 additional modes of the 33 that can be harmonized with triads on each degree - the other 17 of which overlap with the ragas, leaving 55 ragas unable to be harmonized - to the 88 constellations; 36 Northern and 52 Southern, as would also correspond to the black and white keys on a piano.

2018 Six Lines for the I Ching
A yin and yang melody line is written for each of the six lines used to construct the hexagram. Trigrams or hexagrams are then constructed using the melody lines and the piece is played as a trio or sextet. One may then progress through each of the eight trigrams or the 64 hexagrams, or do so by means of divination.