Early last month, I attended an exclusive “pre-screening” of the documentary Chicago Drawbridges. This was an audiovisual extension of an upcoming book on the subject, narrated by and starring its author, bridge historian Patrick McBriarty. I composed the score for the documentary, truly a unique challenge that required me to become familiar with music across several genres of Americana, to soundtrack different eras of Chicago’s history, up to and including various evolutions of the blues, for piano and full band. The event was a great success, and I received many positive reviews on my musical contribution. Below are a few excerpts from the project’s score:
Also in May, I finally realized a long-standing, if modest, ambition: covering the Autechre track “Goz Quarter.” Autechre are one of the seminal purveyors of IDM, a catch-all term with snobby origins for electronic music that is less overtly dancefloor-oriented. They are known among fans for producing some of the most adventurously digital work in the genre, so for many years I had wanted to recontextualize this composition in a live-instruments setting, and kept suggesting it to bands I was in (to muted reception from the other members). Then, one night this spring, I got inspired and threw down some tracks at home to see what would happen. The cover received a marvelous writeup on the Disquiet.com site.