Music Production Work Samples

Junk Food of the Sea (2021)

Junk Food of the Sea (2021) highlights an environmental crisis and our unsustainable relationship with ubiquitous, single-use plastics such as bottles, wrappers, and straws. The audio is a mixture of field recordings, layered voices, prepared piano, and plastic objects. The plastic audio samples are processed in several ways to act as sound textures, harmony, and percussion. For creating the sound textures, samples of plastics were processed through a Max/MSP patch that dynamically scrambles and mangles the recorded material. Flittering harmonies are created by blowing across the tops of plastic bottles and then shaping the recordings into a custom instrument by mapping them to a sampler and sculpting their musical characteristics to taste. Visuals are a mixture of video recordings and stop-motion animation that were developed while in residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna, Florida. 

Michele Cheng - piano
Hassan Estakhrian - voice, plastics, electronics, and video

Wild Living (2020)

Wild LivingVariant 6 / Hassan Estakhrian
00:00 / 06:02

Wild Living (2020) for six voices was composed from field recordings of birds and other wild life. I listened through these field recordings at extremely slow playback rate. Much like the speech-to-song illusion where points of speech can sound like a melody, I discovered interesting moments of music that were then approximated to pitches and duration values and used as musical motives for the piece. This recording was performed by Variant 6 and mixed by me.

Mega Man (2006 & 2019)

Composition Sampler

Glenn Gould Plays the Blues (2019) for fixed media and disklavier
Directional Animals (2014) for four Nintendo Wiimotes
The Almighty Motion (2016) in collaboration with Boroka Nagy & Ryan Schwalm
Zolk Tizzer and the Mitten of Miracles (2016)
This Town (2006-2019)
The World Is On (2019) performed by Ensemble Dal Niente and Hassan Estakhrian
Filling Out Paperwork (2018) performed by Ensemble Proton Bern
Two Bumps (2019) performed for Tak Ensemble
Lucerna Aeterna (Eternal Roomlight)(2017) for solo violin and electronics
Sandbox Aquarium (2018) for solo performer (voice and hands)
Corivade (2019) for electric bass and electronics
Once & Done (2019) for laptop orchestra, performed by SLOrk