Science on Tap - Scientific Concert

You are invited this Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the Hancher Cafe, Iowa City, at 5:30 p.m. for Science on Tap
The Scientific Concert: New Music Distilled from Geology, Physics, and Chemistry
I will present how collaboration with musicians, scientists, and technicians has been at the core of the creative process for the Scientific Concert show premiered on October 27, 2019. I will also demonstrate new musical instruments made of stones and show exclusive making-of videos.
I hope to see you there!

Max for Live: Spectral Freeze Pro

Spectral Freeze Pro is a Max for Live device. It allows for live audio freeze, with powerful and refined controls:Fade Attack and Release (fade from a frozen sound to the next)Denoise (spectral gate)Feedback (freeze several successive notes to turn them into a chord)Freeze and Clear buttonsDry/Wet MixUse it as a live audio freeze plugin or to create ambient sonic landscapes. This stereo device has been optimized for Max for Live. It has a very low CPU load and has been tested at all available sampling rates in Ableton Live. All parameters are available for automation and MIDI mapping in Ableton Live.Make sure you have access to a device and host application allowing the use of Max for Live devices to use Spectral Freeze Pro. This software does not work as a standalone application, it only works as a Max for Live device. Tested with Ableton Live 10.1.License: GNU GPL v3.0-or-laterDownload the Max for Live device Spectral Freeze Pro.P.S.: I made this focused device after years of program…

Contralto clarinet @ Butler University's Elektronik Musik Fest

Composer Franck Felice performed at the University of Iowa with violinist David Brooks during the Center for New Music 2017-2018 season. He invited me to perform during the Elektronik Musik Fest at Butler University this Sunday, January 26, 2020. I'm going to present a new piece for contralto clarinet (or other low clarinet) & live electronics titled In monte Oliveri. This piece constitutes the first movement of the Tenebrae Responsoria - Feria Quinta, an homage to composer Carlo Gesualdo.The score & live electronics are almost ready. The first page looks like this: I'm looking forward to meeting with the music community at Butler University! I hope to see you there if you live in the vicinity.

Scientific Concert: Music, Geology, Physics, Chemistry

It was a treat to present in October this Scientific Concert with Volkan Orhon (double bass), Dan Moore (percussion), Benjamin Revis (water clock, Rijke tubes, creation of glass instruments), Ryan Clark (geologist, story about Iowa), Matthew Wortel (creation of stone instruments, preparation of thin slices of stones for visuals), Frederick Skiff (presentation), Will Borich (live media creation for Petrasonic, lighting design), and James Edel, who recorded and worked on audio and video. I hope you enjoy these video excerpts:Scientific Concert excerpts on youtube

Jamshid Jam

According to Persian myths, Jamshid "invented music." I was thrilled on Saturday night to perform with Ramin Roshandel and his setar our Jamshid Jam: I was playing my own live remixing instrument, and we attempted to, once again, discover music.All of the electronic music is produced live, from the sound of the setar. We don't use any pre-recorded audio.Also listen to Jamshid Jam, alternate take, during one of our rehearsals.


The Latin aeris is the genitive form for aer, "air" and for aes, "bronze," airain in French. In this piece, the natural resonances of a cymbal are highlighted through a feedback system. These metal resonances translate to audible air vibrations.Aeris fits in the tradition of pieces exploring the sound of metal, like Mikrophonie I. Frederick Skiff, Professor of Physics, explains how the cymbal sounds like a butterfly wandering through hyperspace. The picture was taken by Miranda Meyer on the day of Scientific Concert's première, October 27, 2019.

Mikrophonie I Excerpts

Mikrophonie I (1964) is a very important composition by Karlheinz Stockhausen, written for tam-tam and live electronics, to be performed by four percussionists and two musicians at the filters and sound projection.I had the great pleasure to perform the piece with the Ensemble Sillages in 2016. Percussionists were Hélène Colombotti, Maxime Echardour, Laurent Mariusse and Vincent Leterme; Stéphane Sordet and I were playing the filters and sound projection. Here are excerpts from our January 2016 performance of Mikrophonie I:Although a first glance at the score might suggest that the piece is all about experimentation and noise, numerous rehearsals and performances led me to realize that Stockhausen used quite traditional composition techniques. This is especially stunning when you consider the different sections, in which he uses polyphony, accompanied soli, or homorhythmic orchestral tutti.Mikrophonie outdoorsAfter performing the piece in Brest and Paris, we performed outdoors, during…