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redbud Limited Edition Audio CD - Edition of 25

Audio CD in signed and numbered hand-crafted 5.25" x 5.25" cardboard box. Includes audio CD and four 4.5" x 4.5" signed and numbered digital photos. 

redbud is a three movement audio work: 1. Tarantella, 2. Canticle and 3. Motet.

redbud is composed from sound samples of field recordings of a redbud tree (Cercis canadensis) growing in my garden. I recorded the original audio using both a contact microphone and stereo microphones. The three movements of redbud are loosely organized around the pitch series E D B D which I used as a basis to transform audio samples. The synthesized audio and the audio samples of the field recording along with the pitch-altered material provided the seeds for the work. Each movement was constructed freely following the logic of common musical forms.

I regard the dual nature of the redbud as a symbol of the natural world transcending the confines of human-altered space. This wild versus natural aspect of the redbud tree informed the compositional process - natural soundscape versus man-made soundscape coexisting, alternately switching perspective in their figure/ground choreography.

redbud is a contemplative audio work that benefits from deep listening.


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Art Academy Fragments - With Selectable CD Cover

Art Academy Fragments (see photo in photo gallery) Nine ambient electronic audio compositions from field recordings of the Art Academy of Cincinnati's former Eden Park and Mount Adams campuses. This is a composite image of the nine audio CDR covers that comprise the work - a ghost image of the old Art Academy of Cincinnati building in the background with a 2" x 2" sonogram of the individual composition in the center. Specific CD with corresponding artwork is available by request -

Each CD is available individually and includes: A Choice of cover art in slim CD case An Audio CDR of all nine of the Art Academy Fragments. This is an open edition; copies will remain available.

CDRs are numbered left to right, top to bottom: 1. Chidlaw Ambience 4:24 2. Stairway Resonance 2:20 3. For Whom the Page Bell Rings 3:06 4. It's Not Real 2:50 5. Coyote Faucet 1:18 6. Locker Copies 2:27 7. Senefelder's Soundscape 3:18 8. Excessive Exuberance 2:00 9. Entrances and Exits 2:07

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Limited Edition Prints

Nine Summer Haiku - Music for Central Bridge - Kepler's Harmony - Pleiades - Conifers - Seven Coded Cantos for Leonardo - and The Breakfast Suite may be purchased through Clay Street Press. email for more info