“…wash yourself of yourself” (2009-2010)

Live performance of Chen-Hui Jen performing “…wash yourself of yourself” at Mills College

…wash yourself of yourself (2009 – 2010)
For piano and live electronics

N.B. Given the open structure of this work, each recording differs significantly from the other recordings

Live Performance at Chai Found Lost Music Workshop, June 2016 (video) – Chen-Hui Jen (piano) and Jacob David Sudol (electronics)

– Kieth Kirchoff (piano) and Jacob David Sudol (electronics, editing, mixing, mastering)

Studio Recording (lossless audio m4a) (February 2010)

(mp3 version of the above)

– Chen-Hui Jen (piano), Jacob David Sudol (electronics, editing, mixing, and mastering), Jason Ponce and Joe Kucera (recording engineers)

Live Performance at Chapman University, January 2011 (video) – Chen-Hui Jen (piano) and Jacob David Sudol (electronics)

Live Performance at Mills College, May 2011 (video) – Chen-Hui Jen (piano) and Jacob Sudol (electronics)

(Score and electronics available by request)

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Program Note

“…wash yourself of yourself” incorporates two electronics techniques that I developed from 2008 to 2010 and refined in 2014 and 2015.  One technique uses real-time spectral analysis to create timbres by both subtractive and additive synthesis.  These timbres imitate the original sounds as well as the combination tones our brains create when hearing these sounds.  The other technique uses real-time spectral analyses to create statistically transforming clouds of microtonal samples.  In the case of my recent piano works, the samples used to create these clouds are also piano sounds.  Both of these
techniques aim to provide the listener with methods to explore his or her own listening.

“…wash yourself of yourself” presents the these techniques in an open and structured improvisational manner.  The title come from the line in a poem by Rumi, “Be melting snow, wash yourself of yourself.” Following this line, this work reflects an attempt to totally formalize and remove any unintentional mannerisms from my music.

The work is written for and dedicated to my lovely wife, the Taiwanese composer and pianist Chen-Hui Jen.

-Jacob David Sudol