Functional Music

I have always been drawn to what I have started to delineate as "functional music". Whether this is Satie's musique d'ameublement or the ritual music of religious sects or cults, music or sound that is free of an impassioned personal narrative has made up the bulk of my listening for much of my life. There is something perfect about the sound that serves a specific divine mission or carries and feeds and nurtures any narrative or purpose that may be assigned to it; something perfect about the sound that asks nothing and exists only to give. This music's potency is derived from the fact that it is made for others rather than its maker. Without a doubt, the cathartic expression in Bob Dylan's songs have their power and place – the personal always has the potential to be a more pure reflection of the universal – but there is a kind of purity to music that wants to do something for the listener, that wishes only to be of use.

These pieces are music for relaxing, for expanding, for wandering, for unfurling.

They are music to breathe to.  

Functional Music Vols. 1&2, Jacknife Recordings, 2015 

In March 2015 I installed an experience based version of one of my functional works at Jacknife Records and Tapes in Los Angeles. The piece was installed in a small cordoned off area in the front corner of the store, facing a floor to ceiling window. It consisted of an incredible piece of stained glass made by L.A. based artist Debbie Bean filtering the light entering the space, one of my functional music works which was optimized for the SubPac tactile bass monitoring system, and design elements by Leanne Pedante.  

Above is a  short video by David Haskell documenting the piece.

Functional Music for Yoga
and Healing

Over the last couple of years I've had the good fortune to collaborate with yoga teachers and communities to expand the experiential component of their classes and events. It has been very eye-opening and rewarding. Working with yoga foregrounds sound’s relationship with temporality in an interesting way. The time allotted for each pose or group of poses is inexact to say the least, so it becomes a physically intense experience for me as a performer to respond to the subtle, inherent rhythm of a group of people. Though this work, I feel like I have been given countless opportunities to expand my practice of listening and playing. Leaning in, and laying out. 

Lululemon charity benefit, Costa Mesa, California,  2014

Shavasana. 

Shavasana. 

Yoga under the stars, Costa Mesa, California, 2012 

  Students lining the plaza were able to practice alongside the fountain, the running water was a beautiful addition to the soundscape. 

 

Students lining the plaza were able to practice alongside the fountain, the running water was a beautiful addition to the soundscape. 

Segerstrom Arts Center, Costa Mesa, California, 2012

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  I was commissioned by Rakti Festival to compose, improvise and perform a live minimalist / ambient score for a 500-person yoga class alongside master instructor Jenny Vande Hei. The class was designed to keep pace with the evening sun as it drifted towards the edge of the sky and then, finally, sunk below the horizon.

 

I was commissioned by Rakti Festival to compose, improvise and perform a live minimalist / ambient score for a 500-person yoga class alongside master instructor Jenny Vande Hei. The class was designed to keep pace with the evening sun as it drifted towards the edge of the sky and then, finally, sunk below the horizon.