I entered the woodshed on a day after the snowfall and noticed how rhythmic the drops of melting snow were as they splashed upon my face.
"Snow Melt" was an impromptu performance given to me by the natural world and realized through three metal bowls with contact mics and a portable amplifier. The performance began at 1pm and lasted until all the audience members had gradually disappeared (about 2:20pm).
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Samādhi is a state of intense concentration achieved through meditation. It is a spiritual state of awareness that can lead to control over the distractions that inhibit our connection to the universe.
This interpretation of Samādhi is an experiment that attempts to induce altered states of consciousness on listeners through the absorption of vibrational tones. The meditational qualities of audible drones help shape and shift our molecular structures. Vibrations bind the Universe, sound is energy and energy is converted into form and matter. By tuning oneself into these vibrations we seek to discover our connection.
The instrumentation in the composition of Samādhi consists of traditional Hindu and Buddhist instruments such as the singing bowl, harmonium, tingshas and the electric tanpura. Each component is mechanized to perform without performer, to transform the space of performance into a meditational experience for the listener.
The first performance of Samādhi was on display for Open Studios on December 6, 2013 in the Digital Arts Research Center at UCSC. The composition was performed in a small theatre setting and setup to play to an audience that was free to enter or leave at will. On stage, the instruments were lit warmly by red floodlights and accompanied by a video projection of a live filtered feedback loop. The generative qualities of the slow moving forms on screen were completely random, as each sequence became a fleeting moment in time. This echoed the original intent of the musical notation through the exploration of conceptualizing the infinite expanses of space and time.