Sunday, March 27, 2011

Antarctic Music Festival and Conference

The Australia National University will be hosting an Antarctic Music Festival and Conference in Canberra this June. I am thrilled to announce that I will be performing several of my Antarctic compositions at ANU and will also give a talk about my work.

Antarctic Music Festival
June 24-26, 2011

Antarctica: Music, Sound and Cultural Connections

June 27-29, 2011
A creative arts conference that highlights the importance of sound (or lack of it) and music as part of the unique Antarctic environment

Both events are being hosted by ANU's Department of Music and celebrate the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Douglass Mawson. I am scheduled to perform Saturday June 25th at 8 pm, and to speak on Monday June 27th in Session 2, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm.

Interview and Podcast

Works and Conversations has posted an in-depth interview with me (discussing music, aikido, Antarctica, climbing and more) at

Also Bay Area Sound Ecology has posted a podcast of the Antarctic sounds talk I gave at BASEbot 005 last year.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Little Ice Piece

So far I have eight Antarctic compositions that I am working to complete and record this spring and summer. These works range in length from 6 to 10 minutes each, so I already have close to an hour of Antarctic music. Additionally, I have ideas for two more pieces I'd like to write: one that combines my recordings of sparring Southern Elephant Seals with kelp horns, and a more gritty noise-oriented piece crafted from glacier ice recordings.

The Melting Marr Ice Piedmont, from Amsler Island

While searching out fodder for the ice noise composition I decided to put together a short glacier piece as a fun side project. So, here is Terminus, a little piece created entirely from field recordings of the Marr Ice Piedmont, including calving, small cubes of ice rolling down steep ice cliffs, the surface of the glacier creaking under my weight, and gurgling and percussive rhythms from small meltwater streams.

Terminus (1:00, CD-quality wav file, 9.7 MB)
Terminus (1:00, mp3 file, 2.2 MB)

I recommend listening to this piece on headphones or speakers with good bass response so you can hear the booming of the calving glacier properly. Enjoy!