Gender and Technology

When I enter a new place, whether it’s a country I’ve never been to or a street in New York I haven’t walked down, my first instinct is to decode the environment. My primary concern is to determine who wields power and who are the beneficaries of the place. 

With electronic music, I find myself coming to the familiar conclusion that, similar to who controls cities & urban spaces, the people who dominate the electronic music space have the privilege of race, gender, and class. Most bills are curated & represent only cis white men.  

My solo work with electronics focuses on how music and technology can be more inclusive of a wider range of gender expressions and backgrounds. This currently takes place through storytelling and performance. This work is an existential, lifetime endeavor and will always be a work in progress.

A few guiding questions help frame the work: 
How do non-cis and people of color go about organizing ourselves and the presentation of our work?
What do we condemn?
What do we celebrate?

Recent Solo Work

Clip from solo performance at Sediment Gallery, Richmond, VA.

Voice and capactive touch

Decoding. Photos by Dana Ollestad

Music for Theater & Dance

In early 2017, Ka Baird asked me to collaborate on an ambitious project she had in mind for Issue Project Room that “incorporate(d) performance art, movement, some pageantry...” (Ka’s words). I embraced the complexity and performative elements of the piece; it was unlike much of the sound work I have done up to this point. Much of my contribution revolved around processing Ka’s piano work in the active space of 22 Boerum at Issue Project Room. To do this, I used a series of delay & reverb networks, narrow EQ’ing, a granular processor, and a vocoder for good measure. The result for Ka & I was a chattery dialog with her vibrant piano work and my real-time based work with electronics. 

Photo: Issue Project Room

The patch.

Select Recordings

I am primarily interested in live performance with electronics so recorded moments like these are rare. This video was taken in my studio in 2014.

I recorded this track with a very minimal setup, which gave me plenty of freedom to explore an evolving narrative. Recorded in 2015.

This track was featured on Lord Litter’s Radio-On Berlin show. This is another instance of working with limited sounds to explore a seemingly möbius melody & structure. Recorded in 2015.