Music Projects

I’ve composed and performed music under a number of different names, currently Unsuspecting Protagonist, previously “Beverage” and “Minimalism the Band!”. With appearances across Philadelphia, Baltimore, Richmond, Charlottesville, and more, I strive to create introverted rhythm-centric music with the flare of live electronics. I have a couple of solo albums out, have been featured in quite a few compilation albums with various record labels and netlabels, and once wrote 230 songs in just 300 days as an experiment in creative exhaustion!

Stream my music for free on Soundcloud
or check out my older work as Beverage (also free) on Bandcamp
my favorite album is called In The Attic Of The Atmosphere
 
or of course there’s more in-depth explanations of my work below…
Label Releases
 
Self Acceptance is One Textbook Case of Stockholm Syndrome Away – Pxl-Bot
Chip In: Japan! – True Chip Till Death *
28 Seconds Later – Godxiliary *
I Must Admit This Is Just An Elaborate Experiment – Afternoons Modeling
8BitCollective Ambient Compilation – 8BitCollective *
8BitCollective Advent Calendar 2009 – 8BitCollective *
* Compilation appearances marked with an asterisk
Filed under: Music
re: | bound
 
In January through April 2013 I worked closely with filmmaker and choreographer Stéphane Glynn to compose the score to his dance piece and video entitled re: | bound. This longer, more dramatic piece has grabbed the attention of UVa Drama and Dance faculty and was showcased at the University of Virginia Department of Drama Spring Dance Concert. In addition, the piece was later shown at the Film: Virginia film festival in Norfolk Virginia and at VideoDanzaBA in Argentina. You can see the final project on Vimeo and download the soundtrack from my SoundCloud.
Filed under: Music
Lazerscale2010
 
In the year 2010 I joined a team of ten other musicians led by Dr. Sebastian Tomczak (Little-scale) and David Adams (Lazerbeat) all with the same crazy goal: to write a song a day for an entire year. We wanted to see just what creative exhaustion does to the mind of a composer, especially when faced with the challenges of day to day life. While I did not quite finish due to travel and starting college, I completed 230 songs in 300 days. Quite a feat! You can see my backlog on my Lazerscale2010 page.
Filed under: Music
unPainting
 
In 2011 I worked with Professor Sanda Iliescu on an installation public art piece for the first floor of Campbell Hall on grounds at the University of Virginia. This project “unpainted” a wall from yellow to white using algorithmically placed lines of tape and layers of white paint washes over the course of ten days. Accompanying it was a sound piece I composed entitled “Semicolon.” This project received much attention and was covered by UVa Today, earned me an interview by National Public Radio, and included an exhibition where I gave a short lecture about how mathematics can link to music and the arts.
Filed under: Art, Music
A Piece In D# Minor
 
This project, inspired by the famous aleatoric composition “In C” by Terry Riley, sought to produce an engaging piece of music that not only was controlled entirely by the listener but was never heard the same way twice. The interface was meant to be familiar and intuitive such that it may be played simply and without training. I encourage you to experiment with it yourself and afterwards listen to my composition written using the exact same tool.
Filed under: Music, Software
Sound Architecture
 
As a part of the Virginia Institute for Advanced Technologies in the Humanities’ Soundscape Architecture project, I conducted a variety of field recordings around Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village at the University of Virginia as a part of a piece entitled Mapping the Sounds of the Lawn (2014). The project was funded by the Jefferson Trust and was compiled by Karen Van Lengen.
Filed under: Music
Making to Learn
 
This project was a collaboration with Carrie Cardona organized by Professor Sanda Iliescu to produce a permanent web-based art installation inspired by her ARCH1020 Lessons In Making class. We hope to better explain the experience of learning how to perceive and manifesting ideas into reality by capturing the slow course of creation. Our product is a video and music piece whose playback cannot be controlled, viewers instead “tune in.” The project was installed in the Naug Lounge at the UVa School of Architecture and may be source code may be viewed online here.
Filed under: Music
YSSSAT Soundtrack
 
A team of software developers from the University of Virginia Student Game Developers group asked me to write the score for their game “You Should See Someone About That.” The soundtrack includes six songs composed using mixed electronic means and can be found here.
Filed under: Music
Homebrew Audio
 
In my free time I enjoy tinkering with electronics trying to add features or make them serve purposes they weren’t originally intended for. Some call it circuitbending. Some of my favorites include
- Speak and Sequence: an analog 8-step step sequencer built out of a “Speak and Math” kids toy. It features programmable loops and two layers of recycled audio beauty with an optional external clock sync.
- The Most Useless SNES Mod: quite simply, a Super Nintendo Entertainment System where a drum set is the controller.
- Incantors: Following the work of the famed Reed Ghazala I built a number of noise makers and drum machines out of “Speak and Spell” and “Alphabet Desk” toys that I have used in my own musical performances and sold around the United States and Australia.

Filed under: Hardware, Music