Posted on | July 11, 2016
I’m very pleased to have produced this week’s edition of Framework radio’s framework:afield. Framework is a globally syndicated radio program dedicated to the art of field recording and its use in composition. You can stream this week’s edition from London’s Resonance FM or download from the Framework website.
Below are my program notes for the edition.
Harbor Study examines three different planes of sound throughout the Baltimore Inner Harbor area and the micro sounds unique to each location. The recordings titled “Earth” and “Water” employ the use of granular sampling. This form of sound synthesis captures small samples or “grains” of a live audio signal and splits them into tiny one- to fifty-millisecond pieces and plays them back in real time. This process acts as a sort of microscope for the ears that focuses the listener’s attention to the minutiae comprising each unique sound space.
I. 39.275329, -76.568653 – Air – 16:20
A time-lapse soundscape composed of four thirty-minute snapshots recorded from atop Canton Tower, a twenty-story building that sits on Northwest Baltimore Harbor. Apart from editing the two-hour session to approximately twenty minutes, these recordings remain unaltered from their original state.
II. 39.262135, -76.578655 / 39.281247, -76.584062 – Earth – 21:01
This work begins to explore the particles of sound that make up each acoustic environment. By employing real-time granular sampling, field recordings from the Northwest and Southeast Harbor shorelines are mixed parallel to the identical, original recordings.
III. 39.278590, -76.596472 – Water – 18:33
A pure granular study of the sound world beneath the Baltimore harbor. Stereo hydrophone recordings from thirty feet below the surface of the water were granulized in real time. I was quite surprised to discover how much industrial noise from the ports, factories, and nautical vessels pollute this space. The environment below the water’s surface was in fact much louder and active than the quiet pier where I stood to make the recording.
Many thanks to Jersy Ann Richards & Kevin Flinn for access to the top of Canton Tower to record 39.275329, -76.568653 – Air and the Living Classrooms Foundation for granting me access to their private pier for the hydrophone recordings in 39.278590, -76.596472 – Water.
Posted on | September 24, 2015
I’m very happy to announce the release of the Engineer E.P. via the Swedish Beläten label on September 30, 2015. This will be L’Avenir’s second release for Beläten and the follow up to the recent album Étolies for Cold Beats Records earlier this year. Engineer will clock in at 30 minutes and feature 6 new tracks recorded between April and August 2015. Preorders are now being taken over at the Beläten web shop. You can also listen to a preview stream of the EP in it’s entirety at their Soundcloud.
1. Rise & Fall
2. Louder Than Words
3. Close Your Eyes
4. New Day
Posted on | June 20, 2015
I’m very excited to announce Étoiles, the follow up album to “The Wait”, is now available via Cold Beats Records. This is a vinyl & digital only release and limited to 300 copies on beautiful black and white marbled wax. The vinyl features 8 new tracks plus 3 bonus tracks with the digital download.
Order your copy here.
L’Avenir – Étoiles
– Fallow Land
– Until Then
– The Death Window
– Lever du Soleil
– Ciel Noir
– Seven Times
– Dead Flowers
Posted on | February 16, 2015
I’m pleased to announce my piece 7850 kHz will be included in the upcoming special edition of 60×60 focused on Radio Art. The program, presented by Vox Novus and Wave Farm, draws from 60 works (created with, for, about radio and transmission) with durations of 60 seconds. 60×60 Wave Farm Mix will be featured as an FM broadcast on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM; distributed as a Wave Farm Dispatch Series download; and featured in a series of live listening events. Tune in March 7, 2015 from 8-10pm EST [-5GMT]. OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT.
Posted on | October 27, 2014
Very pleased to announce the official CD release of a dark-ambient concert I gave a few years back on Still Stream Radio. Released on the Swedish label Gterma, “Deluge” includes a 16 page, full color booklet plus an additional 15 minutes of new music composed as an epilogue to the concert. Many thanks to Gterma for doing such a great job with this album. Copies can be ordered from Databloem or Gterma at the links below:
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