I am interested in exploring the ways timber, texture, contour, and gesture influence both the micro and macro level structures of acoustic and electroacoustic compositions. As part of this work, I take a similar approach to that of Norwegian composer Lasse Thoresen in my own analysis.
Acoustic and electroacoustic music have developed and expanded in numerous directions, thanks to influential composers such as Vares, Partch, Cage, Boulez, and Grisey. By exploring compositional techniques beyond harmony, such as timbral manipulation, textural layering, rhythmic patterns, and gestural development, I aim towards new sonic territories that facilitate a seamless transition between different compositional approaches. Through this research, I hope to make meaningful contributions to the field of music composition, and provide new insights that encourage the use of progressive techniques and an innovative approach. My goal is to cultivate a deeper understanding of how timber, texture, rhythm, and gesture can be harnessed to enrich a composer's artistic palette, enabling the creation of fresh and powerful works.
To this end, No Need to Vanish (NNTV), a new project of mine, aims to provide online learning resources to composers from diverse personal, educational, and professional backgrounds. With its specific focus on music technology and digital media, NNTV seeks to equip composers whose music centers around timber, texture, and gestures with the creative toolbox they need to succeed.
Through this project, I aim to bridge gaps and promote diversity, inclusion, and equity within the field of music composition. By providing learning opportunities and resources to those who have been systematically denied access as a result of socio-economic, geographic, racial, and gender biases, I hope to empower individuals from all backgrounds, enabling access to and use of music technology. In this way, NNTV will help foster a more inclusive and equitable landscape for aspiring composers, regardless of their origins or circumstances.
I strongly believe in the need to develop interactive and accessible digital learning tools that address issues related to accessibility, equity, diversity, decolonization, social justice, and climate responsibility. I am grateful that this project is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts' Digital Greenhouse grant.
The versatility, endless creative possibilities, and accessibility of technology offers essential tools and mediums to musicians from diverse personal and educational backgrounds. This empowerment allows them to nurture their unique artistic identities, convey distinct narratives, and share perspectives on life as effectively as possible. Today, more than ever, we need to amplify the voices of artists from a wide variety of backgrounds, which necessitates the acquisition of necessary skill sets.
I believe there to be a strong connection between my approach to composing, and my desire to create both works and platforms that advocate for positive social change. Locating and working at this intersection is crucial to my artistic pursuits, and my personal belief that music has the potential to serve as a pathway to broader social progress and connection.