for EMvibe and three laptop performers, 6:15
performance by N. Cameron Britt and Sideband
Ctenophora is the phylum of the alien, flashy and sometimes bioluminescent comb jellies. Like an Ernst Haeckel illustration, this piece presents sonic images of some of the possibilities of the EMvibe. The EMvibe here is accompanied up with 3 laptop performers who use tethers to manipulate samples of bowed vibraphone.
for EMvibe, 8:30
performance by N. Cameron Britt
Sleight is one of the more recent pieces for EMvibe. In it, I tried to be very specific about how the instrument responds to the performer. The piece has a lot to do with illusion, both aurally and visually (this visual aspect obviously isn’t capture with the audio recording). I tried in places to create the effect of multiple instruments playing simultaneously by defining assigning different “effects” to different registers, or even to specific notes.
I presented this paper on the EMvibe at NIME 2012.
for PLOrk featuring Anders Åstrand, 15:08
With this piece I wanted to give the laptop performers the opportunity to interact with the soloist in a more traditional way — by listening, responding. I also wanted to do a piece where the laptop performers don’t actually touch their computers (it turns out that they do touch them for one section) so I used the built-in microphone to control the sound and Dance Dance Revolution pads to change more global aspects of the piece. The soloist is an incredible improvisor so I wanted to leverage those skills. He and I worked together to create a framework that shapes the piece, but gives him considerable freedom.
Gossamer Albatross (2009)
for flute, harp and viola, 5:43
performance by janus from their New Amsterdam Records release
When I composed it in 2009 Gossamer Albatross represented somewhat of a change in my compositional approach. Previously I was much more process oriented and with this piece I allowed myself more freedom. Since then I have continued with this freer approach and have grown much more interested in development than I was previously.