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Compositions and Performances

These are works with an existing score, graphic notation, or text instructions.
Selected handwritten scores are available in Other Ways of Listening.
For recordings see records/films.

20s and Earlier

2003-2009 Two Preludes, after Frederic Chopin

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. Levels of playback and music selections may vary.

2006 Text Piece
Text instructions for an early 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 Scattered Piece (Patterns from Generative Music)
Short fragments of the piece were scattered around the Berklee campus and put in between piano strings to be discovered and possibly performed later.

2006 Sound-Cancellation Piece (Revised 2017, from a 2006 Concept)
The listened or audience stands in the middle of two speakers that rotate on a circumference, or alternately, walk around a circle between the speakers to experience variations in localization and dynamics with the possibility of some cancellation. May be considered the inverse of Siren Piece.

2006 Sound-Painting Sequence
A short animation with sounds for a sequence of paintings.

2006 Pick a Color
A text piece in which each improviser chooses a color and follows instructions on the card. 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, giving the impression of atmospheric or environmental clouds of tones.

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
Written as gifts for two Ohio legends after completing counterpoint studies.

2009 Four Fugues
From the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

2009 Quartet
A neoclassical string quartet in four movements.

2006-12 Music of the Spheres and Surprise Indonesia
An electroacoustic 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. Studio version included on the Four Experimental Works compilation. The 2017 revision maps the tone network or pitch space used in the piece to a sphere.

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. Live version included on the Four Experimental Works compilation. The 2017 revision demonstrates how to create spectral compositions using spheres to notate the composition, though is not a score for the original piece.

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 as a high school student 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. Live version included on the Four Experimental Works compilation. The 2017 revision adds an additional phase as an alternate ending and other minor alternate changes to the 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 opening for Wolf Eyes in Summer 2010.

2010 The Garden of Eden Symphony Movement for Orchestra
A world music symphony movement, influences from Africa, Asia, Central and South America.

2010 Sound-Mass, after Meredith Monk
A short concept piece using clusters of sound.

2012 (Revised 2016) Siren Piece
Two speakers are placed on a turntable or other rotating table and music is selected for each.

2013 Text Octet in 8 Parts
Text instructions based on nature poetry, for hand cymbals, mbira, drums, bass, two keyboards, two wood flutes. Studio version recorded.

2013 (Revised 2016) Songs of the Zodiac for Voices or Glass Bottles
Performers modify a twelve note tuning system through a gradual process. First performed at the International Noise Conference in Columbus Ohio, 2013

2013 Sephirot, for Violin and Piano
Each of the ten Sephirot contain a chord and the paths between them may be chosen by performers. Piano performs the chords in the Sephirot while violin improvises notes along the paths. Included in The Rooms.

2014 Visual Octet in 8 Parts
An instrument from each continent is intended to be included in the performance. Performers create cyclical patterns that become more unified.

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
Includes techniques for improvisation.

2016 Harmonic Etude for Guitars or Stringed Instruments
Instructions for performing a harmonics only work.

2015-2016 Epistemology
Rhythmic electronic music based on unique time signatures.


2017 Music for the Sake of Making Music
Short pieces in a variety of styles. Solo piano pieces are included on the recording.

1. Mountain Brook
2. Blues and Ragas
3. Japanese Counterpoint
4. Gamelan
5. African Landscapes
6. Staircases
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
Environmental video installation, 80 minutes. Solo piano.

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)
An early work with many polytonal chords and graphic notation for techniques.

2017 Geodesics
Lines shift from being monophonic to polyphonic. Included in Hours of the Day.
3.Tropics (Equator)

2017 Hours of the Day
Paintings with descriptions for musical interpretations.

2018 Constellations
88 Improvised piano pieces recorded with a bass part, two improvised parts, bass string harmonics, and strummed chords on the piano using the sostenuto pedal. In 12 Tone Equal Temperament to Shruti Tuning. Assigning the 72 melakarta ragas and 16 additional modes of the 33 that can be harmonized with triads on each degree - 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.

2019 Chakra Sequence
Also as “Raga Rhapsody”. Improvisational raga loops on piano with electric tambura for each of the seven chakras. First performed at La Tierra de La Culebra park, Los Angeles on August 31, 2019 hosted by Leaving Records.