Tag Archives: Experimental

“Entre Deux” by Ben Neill

For Ben Blue Parallel

Inspired by Ben Neill’s new album Horizonal.  I see a “conversation” that gets closer over the time of listening.

Quote by Composer/Musician Ben Neill

It’s fascinating how well you captured the essence of  Entre Deux, which hangs proudly in my office. I always thought of Entre Deux as a conversation which you represented visually.”

Please listen: https://soundcloud.com/benneill/entre-deux

 

Making Friends and Having Fun: Theo, Ben and David (2013)

Cotton, metallic thread and floss, cotton thread and floss
Cotton, metallic thread and floss, cotton thread and floss

Inspiration: Ben Neill, Theo Metz, and David Rothenberg. Live Performance. June 6, 2013. Kingston, NY. | Musical Genre: Experimental Ambient

This was created as a result of my being an audience member experiencing musical performances by these three composer/musicians. Ben and Theo teach in the Ramapo College of New Jersey music department and David teaches philosophy and music at NJIT.

Dream Phase (2013)

Cotton, metallic thread and floss, cotton thread and floss 9.25”x11.75”
Cotton, metallic thread and floss, cotton thread and floss
9.25”x11.75”

Inspiration: Ben Neill. “Dream Phase.” 1996. Triptycal. Verve Records. | Length: 6:14 minutes; Musical Genre: Experimental Ambient

Although this piece is named after a specific Ben Neill composition, it is a general gestalt of my several experiences with his live performances. His self-designed “Mutantrumpet with its electro acoustic computer system generates bright red and golden horizontal wiggly layers that echo, punctuated by surprising vertical interstitial skittery boxes and circles of rhythm.

Message from Outer Space (2013)

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Hahnemühle Fine Art German Etching Paper 310 gsm, giclée print
9.75”x7.75”

Inspiration: Acid Mothers Temple and the Cosmic Inferno. “Message from Outer Space.” 2008. Pink Lady Lemonade – You’re from Outer Space. Riot Season. | Length: 17:59 minutes; Musical Genre: Psychedelic Noise

Powerful repetitive sets of rolling tape loops amidst chaotic, atonal wandering vocal meanderings. I am drawn to the crisp spaces between the sounds.

Reflections (2012)

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Cotton, polyester, cotton thread    11.5”x11.75”

Inspiration: Max Waves and Pixieguts. “Reflections.” 2010. Music for Microworlds. Elektronische Musik Union. | Length: 5:49; Musical Genre: Chillout Electronica

If I were to score music, it would look like this. Start at the bottom right and move up left and clockwise. (Who needs 5 lines and 4 spaces?) Pixieguts, who sings this poetry, has a wonderfully pink voice over against the electronica frame by Max Waves.