ROYGBIV is an effort to interface sound and the visible spectrum with digital and analog media. A collage of field recording, synth pad, and mechanical noise, the performance unfolds as wavelengths of light are read with discrete color sensors. Data is communicated through microcontrollers to custom audio software and a slide projector reproduces images of the natural world. ROYGBIV is concerned with fundamental properties of sensing, perception, and the technologies that mediate such experience. Metaphysical dimensions of color and sound are implied as the projected image and rainbow form a dialectic between reflection and refraction.
御前 (Presence) was commissioned by the Chelsea Music Festival and performed in collaboration with cellist, Margaret Schedel at the Rubin Museum of Art on June 18, 2012. The piece considers the relationship between faith and suffering through the Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. Video clips of the event and its aftermath are mapped to a keyboard controller that activates scenes from the disaster. The performance centers around a tube of neon light. Its electrical field is sampled and processed acoustically for the duration of the piece. As the cellist’s improvisation and the cascade of video images overwhelm all else, this light represents an abiding form of divine presence in the midst of devastation.
Phnom Penh Drift
Phnom Penh Drift explores the topography of Cambodia in fragments of color and light. The composition is visually structured by an act of wandering beneath a variety of materials stretched over the peripheral corridors of Phnom Penh’s Central Market, Psah Thmei. Fabric, umbrellas, and tarpaulin are the patchwork through which different scenes appear and recede. In a live context, the direction and speed of this video are controlled by the roll of an accelerometer while the sensor’s pitch controls brightness. Sound is generated from scans of the video image processed through a series of oscillators.