Detour (2003)

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In Detour, the subways of Tokyo and Kyoto — with their swirling machine roar and platform announcements — mingle with spiky synthetic textures.These two layers often intertwine, but now and then one suddenly interrupts the other, as if you were jostled while dozing on a busy train. The electronic sounds are meant to sharpen the qualities of the soundscape recordings, which I made on a trip to Japan, and sometimes to evoke the raucous sound and dazzling lights that form part of the Japanese urban experience.The disjointed continuity of the piece, which occasionally borders on the nonsensical, suggests the feelings of disorientation and dislocation that come with traveling in an unfamiliar, fast-paced city.


  • Electro-Acoustic Recital Series, University of Texas at Austin, 11/20/2013
  • SEAMUS National Conference, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 4/16/2005
  • Spark Festival, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2/20/2005
  • Festival 35: New Music, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1/22/2005
  • International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), Miami, 11/6/2004
  • UnBalanced Connection 29, University of Florida, Gainesville, 10/15/2004
  • Fourth Annual Electroacoustic Music Festival, Centro Cultural de España, Santiago, Chile, 10/13/2004
  • Third Practice Festival, University of Richmond, Virginia, 10/2/2004
  • CECM Concert, Indiana University School of Music, 4/25/2004