November Foxtrot

for percussion, cello, and video

In progress

November Foxtrot is a large scale multimedia collaboration between New Morse Code and me, developed at Avaloch Farm Music Institute. Its eight movements explore language, alphabet, transmission, Morse Code, and other means of communication. Cello and percussion converse with an interactive video application consisting of digital duplicates of New Morse Code and other historical and found footage.

The Four Suburban Seasons

installation for four videos

In progress

The Four Suburban Seasons are a series of four short videos filmed in front of my house on Wiggins street in Princeton, NJ. They all use big machines such as lawn mower and a snow blower and use a technique of skipping ion the video file to create rhythmic and fun musical patterns. 

USA

installation for player piano and video

2018-2019

17'

USA is an installation and process-based piece for player piano (Yamaha Disklavier) and video in which each one of the stripes and stars play a different note at a different tempo. 

Hello, I like cheese

for percussion quartet and optional bass

2019

6' - for the So Percussion Summer Institute 

Hello I like Cheese is a fun algorithmic piece using several complex isorhythms and written for vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, drumset, and an optional double bass part. 

Big Dada

for percussion quartet and real-time video

2019

6' - for So Percussion

Big Dada is for percussion quartet and videos of singers, trucks, trains, tennis players, and kittens. It is based on multiple isorhythms along with 708 short videos stolen from Youtube. These videos are treated as an integral instrumental part using the timbres of different singers, trains, trucks, tennis players, and kittens as a visual klangfarbenmelodie.

Des Mots Superficiels

for piano, electric bass, percussion (drum set + glockenspiel)

2018

10' - for Bearthoven

"Des Mots Superficiels" is a double homage to the to the piece “Idle Chatter” by Paul Lansky and “Alone: Life Wastes Andy Hardy” by Martin Arnold. It uses algorithmic processes to go through each syllable of the 1964 terrible movie "Santa Claus conquers the Martians”

Il va pleuvoir en fin d'après-midi

for flute, Bb clarinet, electric guitar, electric bass, piano, glockenspiel, cello, and alto saxophone

2018

11' - for NakedEye Ensemble

"Il va pleuvoir en fin d'après-midi" is an homage to the piece "It's gonna rain" by Steve Reich which expands on the idea of phase by using 4 groups of musicians with 4 different tempi and video.

4 Bucolic Machines

for double bass, viola, Bb clarinet, flute, percussion

2018

12' - for Now Hear Ensemble

4 Bucolic Machines is a piece in 4 movements: Woods, Basse, Robots, and Cabine.

Each movement explores interactions of images and sounds and need to be synchronize with a fixed media (audio and video)

Seven Pocket Études

for percussion quartet

2017

9' - for So Percussion Summer Institute

Bell tree, prepared wind chimes, melodica, wood blocks, triangle, whispered solfège, low tom

Crème Brûlée

for orchestra

2017

7' - for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Crème Brûlée morphs slowly between the world of Gérard Grisey with spectral bursts created with IRCAM's Orchids and the one of Steve Reich with steady and repetitive patterns. 

My feet to the Sun

for violin, cello, bass, clarinet, piano, percussion, and video

2016

8' - for Echo Chamber

My feet to the Sun has an inverted V shape and uses a synchronized video shot with an old Hi8 video camera. 

Same Face!

for solo drum set, glockenspiel, and video

2016

25' - for Owen Weaver

Same Face! is a piece for solo percussionist (drum set and glockenspiel), live audio, and video, in 5 movements. It uses the inherent glitches of audio analysis and pitch detection to generate musical material and real-time video. 

Lacrimosa

for string orchestra (4, 4, 3, 3, 1)

2016

15' - for Shattered Glass

Lacrimosa is in two main movements in which all the instrument are divisi, i.e. 14 individual parts

Global Groove on a Superhighway

for string quartet and video

2016

10' - for Escher Quartet

Global Groove on a Superhighway uses more than 300 weather report samples from all over the world in this intense "speech-melody" counterpoint where each instrument is following a specific voice.

Étude for 11 Faces

for piano, violin, cello and video

2015

9' - for Trio Chimera

Étude for 11 Faces uses a synchronized video with some of my friends' faces doing noises, singing notes and telling a story.

Petits Artéfacts

for solo cello, electronics and video

2015

15' - for Nick Photinos

Petits Artéfacts is a piece for solo cello in 6 short movements. Its total duration is around 15 minutes. Each movement uses a different way to interact with the video. 

Soleil

for marimba + low tom, 2 vibraphones + 2 medium toms

2015

8' - for the So Percussion Summer Institute

Soleil is a sunny piece for percussion trio. Very simple and catchy patterns are in motion, but somehow everything is wrong. 

This piece is published by Long Echo

Click Farm

for cimbalom, vibraphone, violin, double bass, and soprano voice

2015

6' - premiered at Princeton Sound Kitchen with Courtney Orlando (violin), Nick Tolle (cimbalom), Mark Eichenberger (vibraphone), Rosalie Kaplan (voice), and Florent Ghys (bass)

Voyages Extraordinaires

for piano quintet

2015

5' - for Todd Reynolds

Voyages Extraordinaires was commissioned by Holland America Line in collaboration with Lincoln Center for piano quintet.

Punk-Rock Cheerleaders do exist

for vibraphone, steel pans, marimba and drum set

2015

8' - for So Percussion 

Punk-Rock Cheerleaders do exist is a hocket for percussion quartet composed for So Percussion. 

Drum set plays crotales in the final movement. Steel Pans are double tenor. 

Brandi Loves Todd

for double bass, drum set, vibraphone, electric guitar, cello, tenor voice and video

2014

4' - for Princeton's BlackBox project

Brandi Loves Todd is a piece for chamber ensemble and a video from the TV show Maury Povich. 

It uses the "speech-melody" technique where each instrument is assigned to a different character in the show. 

Poor Margie

for solo piano and video

2014

7' - for Vicky Chow

Poor Margie uses the "speech-melody" technique with a video from the 1950s called "Cooking: Terms and what they mean". from the Prelinger archives. From now on, the newly-married Margie has to stay home and cook for her husband.

Bouquet Garni

for piano and electric guitar

2013

20' - for Kathleen Supove and James Moore

Bouquet Garni is a 20-minute piece in a A-B-A form that includes many musical ideas I was working on between 2011 and 2012. It is dedicated to James Moore and Kathleen Supove.

0556022088

for fl, picc, cl, vn, va, vc, db, vib, perc

2013

10' - for the NYU contemporary ensemble

0556022088 was composed for the NYU contemporary ensemble in 2013 and was an attempt to explore things I've never done before. 

An Open Cage

for clarinet, cello, piano, double bass, percussion

2012

4' - for the Bang on a Can All-Stars

An Open Cage uses excerpts from an archival lecture of Diary: How to improve the world (You will only make matters worse) by John Cage. This material was provided courtesy of Laura Kuhn and the John Cage Trust. 

This piece involves a click track. Piano, cello, clarinet and electric guitar are asked to sing at the end.

Hommage à Baligh Hamdi

for fl, cl, vn, vc, pia, hp, egtr, 2 sopranos

2012

8' - for Wild Rumpus

Baligh Hamdi was an Egyptian composer who wrote many of Egypt's most fantastic songs. Hommage à Baligh Hamdi is in three parts and requires the 2 singers to remain seated for the first half while holding a white handkerchief, mimicking Oum Kalthoum's stage presence. 

0x571B7e

for clarinet, violin, double bass, piano, percussion, and tenor voice

2012

4' - for the NYU contemporary ensemble workshop

0x571B7e is the hexadecimal color code for the purple, NYU's color. 

Pièce Montée

for string quartet

2012

7' - for Jack quartet

A ''pièce montée'' is a French decorative layered wedding cake in an architectural form made of cream puffs, nougat, marzipan and spun sugar.
Literally, it means ''assembled piece''. The adjective ''montée'' refers to an upward direction.

This piece is in two sections and contains elements of simple improvisation.

Phase Parisienne

for 6 double basses

2011

7’ - for Mark Dresser double bass class

Phase Parisienne was originally composed for multi-track double basses for my album Baroque Tardif in 2011. This arrangement for 6 double basses was commissioned by Mark Dresser for his double bass class at UCSD.

Coma Carus

for 3 pianos and delay

2010

5’

Coma Carus is the French name for the third step in a coma: it is when the person doesn't react to any external stimuli.

This piece was originally recorded with multi-track pianos on my album Baroque Tardif. This is an arrangement for three pianos and digital delay. 

100

for electric guitar quartet

2009

6’ - for Dither Quartet

100 is a piece in 2 movements for electric guitar quartet. It uses a loop pedal and an octave pedal.

Rose 21

for open instrumentation: 12, 8, or 4 instruments

2008

6'

Rose21 is an experimental piece in 2 parts exploring the idea of phase invented by Steve Reich. Each of the four instruments group has its own tempo. It has to be played with four phasing click tracks sent from a Max patch. 

The instrumentation of this piece is open, i.e. it can be played by any instrument as long as they can play the notes. The recorded version presented here is for 8 alto saxophones and 4 double basses. 

Hommage à Jacob Ter Veldhuis

for 4 acoustic guitars, electric bass, tenor voice and video

2008

4' - for the Mikael Kurdoka's guitar class

Hommage à Jacob Ter Veldhuis was composed in 2006 with a weather forecast by the famous Evelyne Dhéliat. 

This version was arranged in 2008 for 4 guitars, electric bass and voice. 

Concierge 130

for solo bass clarinet and loop pedal

2008

3' - for Eileen Mack

Concierge 130 is one of the many pieces I wrote while working as a part-time super-intendant in 2008. It requires the clarinetist to play with a looping device, either hardware or software.

Crocodile

for solo double bass and tape

2007

6’ - for Eleonore Oppenheim

Crocodile uses an excerpt from the French documentary ''La fabrique de l'homme occidental'' (Idéal Audience - Arte 1996) by film maker Gérard Caillat and psychoanalyst Pierre Legendre.

> available on the album Home by Eleonore Oppenheim on Innova Recordings

Concierge

for alto sax, double bass, percussion, and tape

2007

3'

Concierge is a short piece for jazz trio (bass, drums, tenor sax) doubled with another trio in the tape. 

Patatra

for solo soprano, tape and hair dryer

2007

7' for Abigail Fischer

Patatra uses a hair dryer, solfège, and another soprano in the electronics. 

L’air du baobab

for violin, viola, cello, double bass

2004

8'

L'air du baobab is written for the perfect string quartet: bass, cello, viola, and violin. This piece has been used in the soundtrack for the movie Miss Hill

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