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Compositions
Large Ensemble
  • Anamnesis (2019) is a work for chamber orchestra which dismantles and reimagines the Allegretto from Beethoven's 7th. Check it out...
  • The Hundred Acre Wood Suite (2008) is an old work that I wrote in college, a suite of character portraits for chamber orchestra based on A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. Check it out...
Chamber
  • Unraveled (2018) is a work for percussion quartet and a crazy electronic part featuring algorithmically pitch-bent orchestral instruments. Check it out...
  • Intimate Expanse (2017) is a work for string quartet with the performers situated around the audience. It is based on the systematic exploration of a scordatura (alternate tuning) and the harmonic system that results. Check it out...
  • Leaf Loops (2016) is work for violin/viola duet created by scanning the contours of leaves. The looping nature of the leaves translates to looping, minimalist(ish) music. Check it out...
  • Adagio Cantabile (2016) is a piece for oboe and guitar that I wrote for Kristin Leitterman and Jordan Dodson. It was inspired by (and convolutedly derived from) the second movement of Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata. Check it out...
  • This little piece was inspired by the braided rivers in Alaska's Denali National Park. I actually derived the material from a photograph of a braided river, mapping the contours of its rivulets into a compound melody. Check it out...
  • A story of friendship, loyalty and betrayal, poignantly expressed through microtonal electric guitar music. Read All About It!
  • Romance? (2014) is a piece for viola and piano that starts out sounding like Brahms, moves into some jazz, and ends up somewhere else entirely. Check it out...
  • Encerrado (2012) is one of the first pieces that I created using my computer program Ramify. I've learned a lot since then, but I still feel some affection for it as one of my early experiments in computer-assisted composition. Check it out...
  • A short work for two pianos and two melodicas that I wrote with the aid of my computer program, Ramify. Heartfelt thanks to Eric Tran and Nathan Cheung for their efforts in learning the two challenging piano parts. Take a listen...
Solo
  • Marc of Santa Barbara (2019) is a work for solo flute, paying tribute to the town of Santa Barbara via Markov analysis and resynthesis of the town's name. Check it out...
  • Barlicity (2017) is a modular work based on the ideas of Clarence Barlow. It is algorithmic in conception, but with some significant intuitive departures. Oh, and there's a bunch of electronics from a modular synth. Check it out...
  • Formations began with some experimentation during a late-night practice session in college; years later, I returned to the sketches and used them to experiement with a non-linear approach to form. Check it out...
  • Social Dances is a suite of social dances for the piano that was inspired by Richard Powers' social dance classes at Stanford University. Check it out...
Electronic
  • City (2017) is a work for stereo fixed media, part of my modular piece, Barlicity, based on the ideas of Clarence Barlow. It features the sweet, sweet sounds of the CREATE Modular Synthesizer. Check it out...
  • Despite having experimented with computer music for many years, this piece was my first true forray into writing a purely electronic work. Check it out...
Intermedia
  • Frozen Spring (2018) is an installation that turns the temporal dimension of the Rite of Spring into a spatial dimension. Take a look...
  • Music to Chew On is an intermedia composition/ritual about mindful eating, written for 12 singers, lead chewer, and audience. Taste it yourself...
Vocal
  • A setting of Shakespeare's famous Sonnet LX, which contemplates the relentless passage of time and the power of a simple verse to persevere. Check it out...
Bits and Pieces
  • This is a fun little piece, known more familiarly as the "Dance of the Hameyankys", that I wrote for the wedding of my dear friends Ronny and Vladimir. The wedding took place in an outdoor cathedral of redwood trees, and there was a pretty strong Lord of the Rings theme to the proceedings, so you may notice some sylvan/hobbit-like undertones. Take a Listen...
  • Charlie the Ghost (2013) is a short electroacoustic experiment in granulating natural speech, using three personal interviews I found online as its source. Take a listen...
  • In 2014, I attended "Composing in the Wilderness," an amazing program through which we got the opportunity to explore Denali and Yukon/Charlie national parks in Alaska, and then write a piece about the experience in about a week. Take a listen to the recording by Concert Black, with guest violinist Andie Springer...
  • This is a short etude that I wrote using my computer program, Ramify. It's based on a symmetrical geometric structure, which I used to create running lines up and down the keyboard. Thanks so much to Allison Shinnick for having the audacity to learn it! Take a listen...
  • An old term project from Mark Applebaum's undergraduate composition seminar at Stanford University. It was performed by the ensemble Beta Collide from the University of Oregon. Take a listen...