"Drift" is a short film produced by colleague Michal Garrigues that follows the internal narrative of mundane city working. Nathan was commissioned by Garrigues to compose, perform, and record the score and sound design for the film. The score features washes of electronic guitar pads that are composed of microtonal harmonies and are at times played with a cello bow on the guitar itself. The sound effects that were originally crafted within the film range from foley produced sounds to manipulated breathing sounds that mimic the passing sounds of traffic.
All audio work was processed and produced using Ableton Live 9, Adobe Premiere, and MAX/MSP. The project was completed in July 2016.
Everything That Rises Must Converge (2015)
"Everything That Rises Must Converge" (in reference to a short story by Flannery O'Connor) is a piece for a quarter-tone tuned guitar, max/msp, accelerometer, and dance. The dance is performed by Audrey Chau and the electric guitar is performed myself. I've used the Source Audio Hot Hand USB accelerometer to work with a max/msp patch I've made (see an earlier video I've posted for details) to change the pitch of my guitar and sustain select pitches indefinitely to create a sostenuto effect (which accumulates throughout the piece). In this performance, Audrey is wearing the accelerometer so that her choreography effects the music being performed.
This piece was a part of a honors senior thesis project I did under the supervision of Ken Ueno that involved composing two pieces and producing a concert. The concert was at the Flight Deck Theatre in Oakland on April 29th, 2015.
it is 6am and i'm still awake (2015)
An original composition that explores the contrast between loud/soft multiphonics on Bb clarinet. The multiphonics used are from Rehfeldt's New Directions for Clarinet. Thanks to clarinetist Matt Ingalls for the performance.