Bubble wrap–noun. A type of polyethylene wrapping containing many small air pockets, used as a protective covering when transporting breakable goods.
In this ongoing project, the seemingly mundane object transforms into a flexible musical instrument, emitting sounds that are equal parts whimsical and haunting. The rich sound world of bubble wrap is explored through guided improvisation, augmented by simple processing techniques. By willing these air bubbles to express, performers attempt to release its breath.
In March 2015, Sandbox Percussion and Michael Compitello premiered a 13-minute quintet that expanded on my original solo piece, along with Steve Reich's Music for Pieces of Wood and Mark Applebaum's Straitjacket. The concert was held under Cornell University's expansive Sibley Dome. In addition, we wanted to create an experience that is both visually and sonically immersive. Along the back wall, easels showcased some of my paintings for bubble wrap, consisting of large-scale panels.
Small and Large Improvisation (2016)
Various recordings (2014)
Quintet for five players and live electronics (2015)
Solo with live electronics (2013)