The video for this piece, captured in summer 2013, consists of time-lapse photographs depicting the extreme dynamics of the west Texas landscape. The majority of the electronics in this piece are fixed, but I also built a computer program that receives data from the McDonald Observatory in west Texas. For each performance, the software translates the temperature data from the prior day into a new layer of audio that colors the piece differently depending on the season. For example, in the summer the software generates a brighter, more vibrant sound and in the winter a darker, denser one. The temperature data is not a metaphor; rather it directly connects the visual and auditory experience with the current natural energy of west Texas.
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SEASONAL ELECTRONICS EXCERPTS:
- 2015 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commissioning Contest Second Prize Winner, Received a $750 commission to write a new piece for the 2016 SEAMUS Conference.
- Bowling Green New Music Festival, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, October 2015, Scott Deal, percussion.
- NYU New Music Ensemble. The video and electronics from the original percussion piece was used as the structure for a live improvisation concert of eight musicians that will compliment the fixed video and electronics. New York City, May 3, 2015.
- Western Michigan University Percussion Recital, Zac Brunell, percussion, April 2015.
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign DMA Percussion Recital, Victor Pons, percussion, April 2015.
- SEAMUS 2015, Virginia Tech, March 28th, 2015.
- Call for Score Winner Juvenatas New Music Ensemble 2015 Concert Season
- 2014 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) Athens, Greece, September 2014, Theodor Milkov, percussion.
- Firenze Multimedia Festival, Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini di Firenze Florence, Italy, July 2014. The video and electronics from the original percussion piece was used as the structure for a live improv concert of eight musicians that will compliment the fixed video and electronics.
- 2014 Bowling Green State University Concerto Competition Winner. As the winner, Ocotillo was performed at the 2015 Bowling Green New Music Festival.
- 2014 New York City Electroacoustic Festival. New York City, June 2014.
- University of Iowa Graduate Performance Recital, April 20th, 2014. Wannapha Yannavut, percussion.
- 2014 SCI Iowa New Music Symposium. Ocotillo was one of two winners of the call for scores, University of Iowa, April 6th, 2014. Wannapha Yannavut, percussion.
- National Student Electronic Music Event (N_SEME), Georgia Southern University, February 2014.