Along the Eaves

BY BENJAMIN O’BRIEN

 


BENJAMIN O’BRIEN composes, researches, and performs acoustic and electroacoustic music that focuses on music similarity, translation, and machine listening. He holds degrees in music composition and mathematics from the University of Florida (PhD), Mills College (MA), and the University of Virginia (BA). Benjamin has studied computer music, improvisation, and theory with David Bernstein, Ted Coffey, Fred Frith, Paul Koonce, Roscoe Mitchell, and Paul Richards. His compositions have been performed at international conferences and festivals including the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), Electroacoustic Music Studies (EMS) Conference, Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium (TIES), and SuperCollider Symposium. His work is published by Oxford University Press, Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC), and Taukay Edizioni Musicali (TEM). He currently lives in Marseille, France.

“Along the Eaves” takes its name from the following line in Franz Kafka’s “A Crossbreed [A Sport]” (1931, trans. 1933): “On the moonlight nights its favorite promenade is along the eaves.” To compose the work, I developed and used custom software in different ways to process and sequence my source materials including recordings of water, babies, and string instruments. I am interested in fabricating sonic regions of coincidence, where my coordinated mix of carefully selected sounds suggests relationships between the sounds and the illusions they foster.

3.1 | WINTER 2016

Contents

"Untitled"
Alex Beck
Cover Art


"String Sixtet"
Henrik Ajax
Classical

"And the Sun Hits the Corner of the Room"
Erich Barganier
Electronic

"Inside/Outside"
Breka Blakeslee
Fiction

"Homage to la Monte Young"
Nicholas Cline
Experimental

"Cell IIb"
Blake DeGraw
Experimental

"September 11th"
Brian Eisenberg
Jazz

"The Plane that Flew Forever"
GJ Hart
Fiction

"Misters Black and White"
Megan Heise
Fiction

"An Unaware Cosmos"
Joseph Klein
Classical

"Corpse Flower"
Georgia Knapp
Fiction

"Fugitive Lines (for solo viola)"
Martin Loridan
Classical

"Exploring an Abandoned Laboratory"
Terrence J. Martin
Classical

"The Self-Banished"
Mike McClelland
Fiction

"Rubber, Lime, & Glue"
Marco Molteni
Electronic

"Gilded Butterflies"
Giulia Monducci
Classical

"100 Kilos"
Frank Nawrot
Classical

"Along the Eaves"
Benjamin O'Brien
Experimental

"Primeros Pasos"
Ivonne Paredes
Jazz

"La Jungla"
Jorge Variego
Experimental

"Jasmine"
Jay Vilnai
Jazz