Cut/Paste Computer Music

In addition to my works for low trumpet, computer/instrumental works using GACSS, and instrumental compositions, I have also composed a number of pieces for what I call cut/paste computer music.

For a full listing of my musical works, including a link to download them all as MP3s, visit my compositions page.

a waveform representation of a segment of interfered (2009)

While cut and paste is a technique I’ve used in many of my computer music works, a few are distinguished by their sole reliance on this technique. In these pieces, the source audio is not from GACSS, but from a particular audio recording. Each work is a small experiment ranging from 30 seconds to 2:30. I typically concentrate on the extraction of very small segments of the original (e.g. a period or two here or there) and build new sounds from those. There is very little processing of the original going on other than cut/paste and mixing segments together.

Inappropriate Relationship

Inappropriate Relationship was composed in 1998 for the 3:2 New Music Festival in New York City. It uses as its source audio a clip of President Bill Clinton’s confession to a relationship with intern Monica Lewinksy.


dimbit was written in 2003 and premiered on the Modbit contemporary music radio show. Its source audio is a work by composer Mel Cepstral titled Does It Matter.


interfered was composed during our art annual post-Thanksgiving art party in 2009. The work was composed in about 1.5 hours and uses a recording of cell phone interference as its source.