Beth and I decided to cover "Riptide" by Vance Joy. Enjoy!
After nearly a year since Daniel Padgett recorded the music, Seven Morsels in the Form of a Persimmon is now available through this site, Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon. Originally written for the Charlotte New Music Festival, I thought I should distribute this piece as far I can through online streaming services. Recording this piece with Daniel was an absolute pleasure, and I hope that you will enjoy listening.
Recorded in the Edward M. Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music, this piece gave me an opportunity to experiment with piano recording techniques. In my opinion, most traditional recordings of classical piano do not accurately capture the sonic qualities of performing the piano. During the recording session, I used a pair of mics to capture the sound of the piano in the wooden hall and also another pair of mics inside the piano to capture the resonance in the instrument. Hopefully, as you listen, the sounds of the Steinway piano will immerse you in its warm ringing overtones.
To complimented the understated nature of the piece, the album cover features an image of a persimmon by the talented designer
TandekaLauriciano. For me, the minimal composition, the exposed wooden grain, and the color play between the orange persimmon and the blue plate captured the essence of the music. Please enjoy the image while listening to the music below:
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This past Halloween I had an opportunity to perform with my brother and video artist Benji Sayed. Benji manipulates video to create a kaleidoscope of colors and textures and also uses old video game consoles to distort the image and produce sound. For Halloween, Benji took VHS video recordings of our vacation in Thailand and life in Bangladesh from our childhood among other footage and ran it through some analog and digital processes. Those processes created an audio by-product, which provided the soundscape for our piece. Additionally, Benji produced atonal chaotic 8-bit sounds from a Nintendo Gameboy that supported our texture. I used my guitar and controlled drum and synth samples using a MIDI controller to shape the piece. By presenting our home movies in this manner, we were playing with the ideas of memory and nostalgia (at least that is my interpretation perhaps my brother has another).
For me, the performance played around with memory and nostalgia in another way. Growing up with Benji, I would often watch him play video games while practicing and doodling around on my guitar in our living room after school. Sometimes I would join him in the video game. My MIDI controller (
MIDIFighter 3D) uses arcade buttons instead of the traditional rubber pads to help execute exact and complex rhythms. Performing on it reminded me of playing arcade games with my brother.