Banff Centre

I'll be doing a residency at the Banff Centre in January. I'm very excited to be able to spend time in such an amazing environment! The Banff Centre is where I first experienced 21st century classical music, and it's thrilling to be able to return as an artist. I'll be making a lot of field recordings and using them to create two new pieces - a long electronic installation, and a short piece for violinist and pre-recorded audio. In Banff I want to explore the resonance of different outdoor acoustic spaces, and the idea of 'performed soundscape.' How can the recordist shape the soundscape around them? How can I play the outdoor environment? How can the sonic and resonant properties of a place

New work for wind ensemble

I'm delighted to have had the opportunity to write a new piece for the Acadia University Wind Ensemble! The piece is called Cloud/Mass and it will be premiered on November 20th in Wolfville.

Sound Sculptures in Wolfville

In October I had the wonderful opportunity to build two sound sculptures in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. I built one sculpture based on the light of the forest, and another based on the winds of the waterfront. This is a medium that I had been hoping to explore for a long time, so it was very exciting to have the opportunity to create these. I wanted to find a way to work more directly and immediately with nature than my classical composition allows by building sculptures that constantly transform elements of nature into musical sound. You can hear both sculptures right now in Wolfville!

Sound Sculpture: Grove

Grove is a sculpture made up of five railway tie-sized posts stood on end, with strings running down the side of each one. In a strong, steady wind the strings act as Aeolian harps and create an soft, eerie, beautiful sound. Walking along the dykes was one of my favourite parts of living in Wolfville, and I was thrilled and honoured to be able to place a sculpture on them. Click here to hear a recording of grove. This sculpture project started in June 2016, when I met with the Wolfville Committee on Public Art. They were very supportive and were able to help me find the best location for both sculptures. The actual construction took place in October 2016. As with my music box sculpture, I ha

Sound Sculptures: Music Boxes

This sculpture is made up of four music boxes hidden along the forest paths in Wolfville. Each box plays a short piece I composed based on the birds I could hear in the forest during my week in Nova Scotia. The boxes play at different speeds depending on how much light is shining on them at any moment. Click here to hear a recording of this sculpture. In this recording two of the boxes are actively playing because they have sufficient light. Apologies for the horrible audio quality. When I started this project I expected it to be fairly straightforward. Perhaps I would simply link a solar panel to a motor, to a music box. However, a long, frustrating, and ultimately educational journey throu