Liar, Liar (fixed media)
Liar, Liar began with an opportunity: the Arizona State chapter of Society of Composers, Inc. was organizing a concert at Marston Theatre, ASU’s planetarium. The pieces we submitted for performance would utilize the theatre’s 5.1 surround sound system, and students from the School of Earth and Space Exploration would use advanced software to take us on virtual tours of the universe based on the music we provided.
After much deliberation, I decided to create a piece that would allow me to explore vocal alteration via granular synthesis. I took one of the most well-known quotes from the 2016 presidential debates and played with it, hoping to send a clear (if slightly unsettling) message. The result is a three-and-a-half-minute ride through sounds that make the audience squirm – the quote in its entirety is only revealed a handful of times. I love Liar, Liar, but I don’t reach for its material much anymore in other work (look at the notes for burn it for more about that); as a result, this track and burn it are pretty aurally unique among the rest of my output.
Run time: approx. 3’30”.
I can’t give it to you in 5.1, but get a pretty sweet stereo mix over on my Bandcamp with out of the dark (it’s the bonus track):
- Released on my EP out of the dark
- 4/1/2017: Recital Hall, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
- 2/23/2017: QUANTUM SOUNDS, part of the Emerge Festival, Marston Theater, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (world premiere)
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