New:

July 15, 2016: The Tlalpujahua Tapes



Interview:

Nov. 21 2014: "Not being too anal about it with Jordan Topiel Paul"
by Jacob Wick, Bad at Sports blog

























































Net Music




A series of pieces exploring the html document as a medium for music. These are made from raw mp3 and ogg files, html and Javascript. Turn speakers on and click on the links below. Not functional on mobile devices.

I wrote a very short essay on this project here.

Clock Pieces / A Thing Is A Clock

Clock IV

Clock III

Clock II

Clock


Pulse Studies

Faster

Slower

Louder, a pulse and white noise study in durational crescendo (~20 years)

Quieter, a pulse and white noise study in perpetual decrescendo

Nychthemeron, a 24-hour pulse study

Nychthemeron (two-channel version)

Pulse (minutes)


Netmusic pieces for specific performances

Rhythm and Duration Study conceived with Rolando Hernández

Compression Piece [try with Firefox-- Chrome is buggy]

Canyon Piece for Black Dragon Canyon, UT

Uruapan 22 #4 [try with Firefox-- Chrome is buggy]

Two for Umbral

Agujero / Hole

Chord 2013


Studies and online-only pieces

Glissando

Overtones, harmonic series based on the 60 Hertz hum

Tonight

Site Site

After Flavor

Sometimes

Chord

Purity

MMM

Slow Jungles

Wash

Study #9 ("Nibbles")

Study #7 (Recent Funk)

Study #5

Study #3 (Windows Plus)

Study #2 (Semi Natural White)







Performance

Clock piece and claves improvisation
with Odds & Ends (Xavier Lopez, Supercollider / Flokim Lucas, visuals) and Gudinni Cortina (white noise)
November 14, 2015 at the Capilla de la Hacienda Sta Barbara, Tlaxcala MX

Video excerpt here






Attenuation Study
Composition for field recordings, sine tones and percussion (brushes on snare drum, claves)
performed January 23, 2015 at home concert, Colonia Nápoles, Mexico City
here is some writing about this piece
further Attenuation Study works and performances to come






Rhythm and Duration Study
first conceived and performed with Rolando Hernández (acoustic discman) September 20, 2014 in Colonia Roma, Mexico City

performed solo (laptop, brushes on snare drum, claves) at Galería Mérida
Mérida, Yucatán MX, December 28 2014
(recording excerpt)

performed three nights in Oaxaca, MX December 5-7 2014



(Rough score for Rhythm and Duration Study)

performed solo (amplified laptop, brushes on snare drum, claves)
at Black Iris Gallery in Richmond VA, October 3, 2014
(recording excerpt)





The below is an ongoing series of site-specific performances. Each is a premiere of a netmusic piece which is composed for the time and place of the performance and then posted online as a website.


Compression Piece
performed September 6, 2014 in Oakland CA




Canyon Piece
performed August 31, 2014 in Black Dragon Canyon, near Green River UT




Two for Umbral
performed May 6, 2014 at Umbral 5, in Colonia Escandon, Mexico City




Agujero / Hole
performed Nov. 23, 2013 as part of "Error 404" in Colonia Santa Maria la Ribera, Mexico City



Chord 2013
performed July 13, 2013 at the intersection of 37th Av, Broadway and the BQE in Queens, NY


Some writing on this work (specifically Chord 2013) can be found here.
Here is some writing about Agujero / Hole.






Audience

Audience is a performance piece based on the idea that the basic material of music is listening, not sound.

A few questions are offered to guide the experience:

What is composition? Structured listening?
What is the sound of an audience listening?
How do remote/proxy bodies and real bodies listen together?

Audience was first premiered at OPE3RA between a room at the Super 8 Motel in Salisbury, NC USA and the Galería Manuel Felguérez
at CENART, Mexico City on June 22 2015. Plans are in the works to continue realizing this piece in a series of sessions.

Here is some writing on the premiere.




Smooth Breeze

An expanding portfolio of projects concerning Smooth Jazz and Smooth Jazz Culture.
Our projects have included DJ sets, installations, mixtape releases, custom beverages and musical holiday products.

Visit Smooth Breeze




Cigarette Life

Starting in 2012 I have worked occasionally for a research company conducting surveys on tobacco displays in stores (indirectly for state governments). I spent time in various parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Nebraska, Kansas, Florida and North Dakota. I started a tumblr to document some of these moments.

Visit Cigarette Life




En Frente de Tortillerias

An ongoing project about listening in a repetitive urban space:
five-minute recordings in front of Mexico City's tortillerias.

Visit





Kung Fu

Since 2011 I have been practicing (and since 2013 teaching) Kung Fu.

I study under Grandmaster Wang Rengang of the International Dachengdao School.
We focus on Dachengquan and Hao Family Taiji Plum Blossom Praying Mantis.

In early 2016 I began giving weekly classes in both these styles in Mexico City. Contact me for more information.




Done




80, 40 (2016)

a piece for web browser and musician(s), variable duration
score available here

2016 Tour:

February 4 Escuela Popular de Bellas Artes, Morelia, Michoacán MX
with Liliana Rodriguez Alvarado (viola)

February 29 CT-SWaM at Cantina Royal, Brooklyn NY
with Gao Jiafeng
plus Marcia Bassett and Stephen Conover

March 5 Vox Populi, Philadelphia PA
with Bonnie Jones (electronics)
plus Bhob Rainey, Lauren Pakradooni (Tether)

April 9 The wulf, Los Angeles CA
solo (percussion)
plus Yasi Pereira

Last Mexico City date TBA.




Motel Room

A multimedia installation with text by J. Gordon Faylor
Robber's Roost Motel, Green River UT
October 9 to 11, 2015

Part of / made possible by High Desert Test Sites: Epicenter

More info and documentation here.




Air Circulation Studies

A mobile field recording / listening project completed in August 2013.
Here is a link to the project.




Immersion Loop

Posted August 6 2013

A new piece for the online audio journal Lateral Addition.
Also featured in this issue: Bonnie Jones, Ursula Nistrup, Stephen Lichty




Talk-Performance

A simultaneous conversation about and installation of Laska's Impulse Blasts and my Wash.


November 19, 2015
Festival Aural, Mexico City MX
Version II - with Alexander Bruck

July 21, 2013
Night Camp, Brooklyn NY

March 15, 2013
]Blnkt, Philadelphia PA
(Audio / Video)

To be continued...





Quartet with Pyramid Scheme

With Eric Laska, Richard Kamerman, and Reed Evan Rosenberg


Qw/PS

March 11 - July 1, 2011

A streaming sound piece whose sound material is collected through a sixteen-week pyramid scheme. Every two weeks, the new set of participants submits samples that the composers will selectively work into the stream. The samples are played continuously in unpredictable variations through a max/MSP patch. By the end of the process, 512 participants will be asked to contribute.

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"Quartet with Pyramid Scheme" was a 2010 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation.

Visit Turbulence




A Coney Island of the Mind

A temporary broadcast on Coney Island
April 16, 2011.

A local FM transmission on the occasion of Astroland's reopening in April 2011, using Hong-Kai Wang's field recordings from the older Astroland (made in 2006-7). Part of a larger collaborative project including a forthcoming book. Collaborators include Hong-Kai Wang, Anne Callahan, Brendan Dalton, and Jess Wilcox.




Alicia

With Eric Laska

January 2010

The Silks Building - Long Island City, Queens
Part of Sonik Fest 1.0, hosted by Dutch Kills / Climate Gallery

An improvisation / sound installation using sounds taken from the ongoing festival and the building that housed it. Made with field recordings, radio transmitters and receivers, a computer, and multiple speakers, occupying several rooms.


Excerpts of Alicia recorded from various positions and times.










Quartet without Pyramid Scheme

With Eric Laska, Richard Kamerman, and Reed Evan Rosenberg

Qw/oPS

Diapason Gallery, Brooklyn NY
September 5-26, 2009

The first outing of the 'quartet' and its improvised sound installation format. Field recording samples were played continuously and in indeterminate variations through Diapason's two-room, 20-channel sound system. Through the piece's duration, the four artists took turns altering the sound's composition by recording new samples, removing old ones, and remixing the existing sound. No changes to the software or recordings were made. The following scheme governed the turn-taking for recomposing the piece:

. . . . . . . Gallery . . . . . . Lounge
Week 1 . Paul . . . . . . . . . Paul
Week 2 . Rosenberg . . . . Paul + Rosenberg
Week 3 . Laska . . . . . . . . Paul + Rosenberg + Laska
Week 4 . Kamerman . . . . Paul + Rosenberg + Laska + Kamerman


Brian Droitcour for Rhizome: "Group Dynamics" (2009)
Keep in mind that the following excerpts are low-quality stereo recordings of large and reverberant rooms...



Stereo excerpt from the lounge, 9/12/2009



Stereo excerpt from the gallery, 9/12/2009



Stereo excerpt from the gallery, 9/19/2009



Stereo excerpt from the gallery, 9/26/2009






D'Egg

With Eric Laska

sculpture center

July 2009
The Scultpture Center - Long Island City, Queens

A multi-channel sound installation in two spaces (in the pictured truck and other isolated sound sources in a nearby interior space) plus FM/streaming broadcast. Made with field recordings taken on site.






Document


June 2009
The Work Office - New York, NY

A continuous five-channel sound installation. Sound material included field recordings from the Staten Island Ferry, electromagnetic recordings from a cell phone, and previously discarded recordings of an audio cable malfunction.

A stereo excerpt of Document.





Septet


My final student composition for violin, cello, flute, clarinet, trombone, piano, and percussion in 2008.
Thanks to the Talea Ensemble performers and conductor Carl C. Bettendorff. Beware of distortions in the recording.