April 27, 8:00 PM
Event Horizon Concert Series. At the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street (University City). FREE. I'll be performing second, starting around 9:00. If you've never been to the Rotunda, it's a legend of the Philadelphia music scene, a small funky room with really good sound. And a light show.
About Mouth Feel
Mouth Feel is my first album of tracks performed on electrified clarinet.
The six tracks on Mouth Feel represent a full spectrum of sounds, moods, styles, and compositional modes. I'm demonstrating the range of music and textures that can be created with a clarinet played through guitar pedals. Some are pretty; some are weird; some are noise. If one track isn't to your taste, move on to the next one. See the track notes for descriptions of techniques and influences of each track.
It's best listened to at full volume with headphones or a good sound system to enjoy the stereo effects and hear all the details and little surprises I've tucked into the sound.
Formal release was January, 2019--available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, etc. The full album is also available now for download here and on BandCamp (ThinAirX).
Listen to my 2012 Album, Flamed Amazement, performed on synthesizers, here.
What is electrified clarinet
The album, Mouth Feel, is composed entirely of sounds performed on electrified clarinet—a regular, orchestral clarinet run through a series of guitar pedals, delays, and loopers. I assembled these tracks from excerpts of live performances, recorded directly to stereo. There is no multi tracking, overdubbing, sequencers, samples, prepared backing tracks, or synthesizers involved. No laptop. Every sound you hear originated from the reed of the clarinet. These tracks are essentially how I sound in live performance.
Total time: 61 minutes.
“A sound has no legs to stand on.”
— John Cage
“If I decide to be an idiot, then I'll be an idiot on my own accord.”
— J. S. Bach