2014: Looking Back
This year was awesome. Creatively challenging and busy. There was never a moment that I didn’t have a project to work on. Every year, more opportunities pop up and I’m so excited to see what the new year will bring. The biggest challenge will be keeping focused.
It is very rare to be able to collaborate on a project that is on such a grand scale and gave so many people the opportunity to listen and interact with sculpture, digital art, and sound, all in a public space.
Writing music to visuals that you see on a computer screen is good fun, but after a while you are wondering how things will translate on the big screen. You have to work despite your insecurities and trust the process. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing it actually come to fruition and experience it on the big screen!
Composing music for dance is the best thing ever. If there was a full-time industry of composers for dance companies, I would apply until I got the job. It’s thrilling, collaborative and simply wonderful. A few months after I scored RAWdance’s epic Mine, they commissioned me to write another piece for them, but the turnaround was much faster. Working with RAWdance affords me creative freedom. I can experiment with textures and sounds, make mistakes, and see what happens. This was a true collaborative work.
Collaborations with John Felix Arnold III
I composed very different pieces for three of Felix’s installations this year. All were centered around his world of the Unstoppable Tomorrow. They move from haunting to beautiful. I look forward to continued collaborations even though the artist has relocated back to NYC. The internets makes things so much easier.
This project reminded me that all of the tunes I write and think are just “throw away” tunes are actually useful material for lots of projects. I write so much music that gets rejected for one reason or the other. It gets filed away and usually never sees the light of day. When I was sending music for this project, I composed a bunch to try and woo them (which worked!!), but many of the tracks used on the show were drafts I had written prior and then reworked for different episodes. Pro tip: throw nothing away!!!!!!
I do not play out as much as I used to, for better or worse. I had the opportunity to play a handful of shows of all varying degrees of weirdness. From noise, to beats, to singing with my guitar, I was reminded how much I love performing. I hope to get the chance to play out much more this year.
So what’s next? I have a few projects that I can’t say anything about yet. I promise more music!
My favorite albums of 2014:
D’Angelo - Black Messiah
Run the Jewels - RTJ2
Deerhoof - La Isla Bonita
Black Spirituals - Of Deconstruction
Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
Death Grips - Niggas on the Moon
Happy New Year! xo