Requiem for the Polar Regions (2017)

Requiem for the Polar Regions is an automated computer program that composes a daily musical score based on sea ice data from the National Snow and Ice Data Centre. 

Visit Requiem for the Polar Regions here.






Requiem for the Antarctic Coast (2017)
Requiem for the Antarctic Coast is a composition for piano and strings extracted from the shape of the coast-line of the Antarctic Peninsula, between Joinville Island at the tip of the peninsula, and Winter Island in the Grandidier Channel. This 550km (plus) of coastline is the same that was covered by the Antarctic Biennale Expedition from March 17-27, 2017. A grid, which referenced a musical staff, was laid over satellite imagery of the coast. Points were determined on the grid where the contour lines of the satellite image came to a point, or shifted direction. This grid was then notated and transcribed into a musical score.

The composition was originally performed on Winter Island, Antarctica on March 21, 2017.

Antarctica is a space that exists outside of the apprehension of most people. We know Antarctica mostly through the scientific data gathered about it, yet, we understand a beauty in the masses of ice and water that make up the continent. By translating satellite imagery into a musical composition, this work seeks an intersection between scientific and poetic comprehension. Requiem for the Antarctic Coast explores the abstraction of translation as an alternative epistemology – disrupting a “scientific” (and potentially colonial) understanding of Antarctica. The lacuna between this satellite imagery and its musical translation provides a metaphoric glimpse at what is un-chartable and un-knowable about Antarctica itself.

This work takes the shape of a requiem, which is both a funeral service and a celebration of life, recognizing that as our global environment shifts, Antarctica’s ice is under threat.

This work was produced for the 
Antarctic Biennale. 


Listen to the full composition here


Silent Spring (2017)

Lasercut spectrograms from birds of Eastern North America. 
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Tide Phase Baxter's Harbour May 01-24, 2017 (2017)

is based on the predicted heights of the tide at Baxter’s Harbour, Nova Scotia, during the period of May 01- 24, 2017. Each 24 hour period is mapped to a musical scale, with notes corresponding to the predicted height of the tide. As happens on the shore each tide is layered on the tide before it, creating a phasic composition that reflects the cyclical nature of the tide itself. The accompanying paper sculpture is a three dimensional graph of the tide, looped to show how each tidal day flows into the next.

​Listen to Tide Phase here. 
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A Strong Desire ​(In Progress)

Is a  choreographic translation of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V) diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria. Using large printed versions of this text the negative spaces surrounding the words are translated into labanotation, a standardized dance notation. This notation will then be choreigraphed, performed, documented and presented as an immersive installation.
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