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
Inspired by their live show at, “The Stone”, NYC July 1, 2015.
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.
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.
Inspired by: Max Maffia. “L.C.” VIVA. Daybox Records. | Length: 5:36 minutes; Musical Genre: Ambient Electronic
This musical composition makes me see under water current flows and the banging of old wooden bits and boats.
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.
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.
Inspiration: Alva Noto. “Haliod Xerrox Copy 4.” 2007. Xerrox Vol. 1. Raster-Noton. | Length: 3:54 minutes; Musical Genre: Glitch
Static micro sounds with scattered glitchy golden tone bursts.