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.