BY SCOTT BLASCO
SCOTT BLASCO is a composer and sound artist currently residing in Pullman, Washington. He teaches composition, theory, and electronic music at Washington State University, and is a founding member of the Kansas City-area electroacoustic new music ensemble The Digital Honkbox Revival. Scott received his doctorate in music composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and holds degrees in music from Western Michigan University and Calvin College and in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, where he studied theology and the arts.
“Clouds, Light” is the fruit of a series of private improvisations Scott did in April 2016, throwing a variety of simple sounds through a tangled web of sixty-five or so delay lines to see what they would do (“research”). He liked the results of one in particular enough to return to it sporadically over the next six months, pushing and pulling and prodding it until he figured it was really time to call it done and move on to the next big project. The thick haziness of the beginning gradually rises and clarifies until it gives way to a quiet, delicate, warm interlude. The work closes resubmerged in the dense murk, the brief glimmer of light through the clouds passed into memory.