Finalist of Category 1: Contemporary Music / Computer Music
Three Changes is pastiche composition that draws inspiration from Jean Claude Risset’s Mutations. Risset’s piece is comprised of bell partials that are morphed, skewed, and warped, going from small sporadic plucks to vast cacophonous texture. This is one of the first pieces I heard during my time in the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media at the University of Washington and has influenced much of my work so far. I drew heavily on the notion that the complexity generated in Mutation came from intricate combinations of sine tones. This idea can be abstracted to the following - big things are made of small things. Similar to Risset, Three Changes is made of many small things, but rather than limiting myself to the pure sine tone, my components are comprised of the various auditory fragments I've collected during my studies. Sounds include FM bell textures, bandpassed footsteps, output from a perpetual composition machine, and the renderings of an Ambisonic Tank Reverberator. My objectives for this piece are to pay respect to the greats that have come before me, the teachers that have helped me along the way, and create a sonic landscape that showcases my development as a sound artist.