Winner “Best Time-based Art” in 2018 Science as Art Competition

For the second year in a row, I won the University of Michigan’s Science as Art competition with my composition “Biotechnics”. The contest asks us to use scientific principles to create media. Last year, I tried to encapsulate the Big Bang as an audio concept, this year I looked at internal biochemistry of the human body. The work was displayed in the Hatcher Graduate Library for the month of February. Below you will find the track and my abstract that accompanied it.

Abstract for Biotechnics 

This piece of music is designed to represent musically the release of serotonin in the body while producing the same sensation in the brain of the listener. It uses airy guitars, liquid like synthesizers and the steady rhythm of a heart pumping these textures through the body of the song to create an audio journey that feels like an emotional experience. If listened closely, the composition should give the listener a unique and memorable audio experience that is reminiscent of the complex chemical processes in a biological organism. 

Groove (2017) wins Best Director @ Long Island Film Festival and premiers at Fort Lauderdale Film Festival later this month.

 

My first musical walked away from the Long Island Film Festival with a Best Director award for Ryan McDonough and continues to premiere nationally.

Working with Ryan, Sydney, Sha and Sam while crafting the songs for Groove was an exciting and creative time. It’s great to see the film doing so well on the festival circuit. If it comes to a town near you, I’d recommend checking it out. You can find out more information by heading to the FB page for Groove here.

My best,

Jerry

Winner: U-M Best “Time Based Art”

Recently, I competed in the U-M Science as Art competition, taking first place in “Time based art”. This description was featured with the musical piece as part of an exhibit put on by the college of science.

Abstract

The Big Bang uses synthetic and orchestral instrumentation to convey the conditions of our early universe and the structures that emerged from within this chaos. By eliminating the traditional juxtaposition of real and digital instruments, the piece aims to blur the barriers between art and science and project the underlying beauty of our universe more fully.

Written Explanation of Artwork

The Big Bang is my attempt to convey the early conditions of the universe melodically. To achieve this, I scored with a combination of synthetic sounds and orchestral music. There are over 30 separate instruments in this piece between the sound effects, strings, woodwinds, brass, timpani, organ and marimba. Each carries a symbolic place in the mix, but broadly: the synths project confusion and disarray while the orchestral components imply a structure beginning to take shape.

Like the universe, my piece begins with a large boom and the scattering remnants of charged particles. As the dust settles, my melody emerges from this chaos and takes baby steps toward structure. Early in the piece, we can hear how the different instruments stutter step in finding their melodic place. Yet as the drums build, each instrument’s place within the mix becomes more certain, precise and layered. In the final moments, all chaos dies away and we are left with only beautiful structure. The melody, a product of the chaos, is all that is left of our universe.

Overall, piece is really about the beauty of the universe: in both the chaos we struggle to understand and the meaning we give to the structures that emerge. Like the big bang itself, my score aims to tie all things to a common root and convey the underlying beauty in the movement of time. The contrasting instrumentation attempts to rethink the split between seemingly authentic art and the science which some claim is too mathematical to be emotional. By moving them in and out of rhythm together, I hoped to break down the “barriers” between science and art and show them intertwined.

Updates for July 2016

Well, I haven’t done the best job keeping this website fully updated, but I’ve also been balancing quite a few projects including new scores and a new album coming out in 2017.

It’s been an active summer for me. I was in NYC for the month of May shooting a musical I composed and as soon as I returned to Michigan, I began work on the score for an upcoming TV pilot. This summer I’ve also begun the process of producing demos for my third studio album. In the meantime, I’ll be posting new material, updates and stories as I produce them.