The Divine Dark
The Divine Dark is a piece for wind ensemble (or any group of at least four musicians) commissioned by Matt Smoot. It takes its inspiration from the writings of Christian mysticism author Evelyn Underhill; she describes a five-step process of becoming a mystic, the last step of which is Union with the Other. This piece illustrates that step with a demonstration of the necessity of giving back to the community as a part of Union.
“When love has carried us above all things into the Divine Dark, there we are transformed by the Eternal Word Who is the image of the Father; and as the air is penetrated by the sun, thus we receive in peace the Incomprehensible Light, enfolding us, and penetrating us.” —Evelyn Underhill
Voicemails from Braxton
Voicemails from Braxton was originally a sound installation. I kept all the voicemails my best friend Braxton sent me from 2013–2018 and paired them with field recordings and ambient music as well as a cozy space decorated with twinkle lights, chairs, and a rug.
The Voicemails from Braxton EP contains excerpts from the sound installation, presented as discrete tracks. Nostalgia, warmth, sadness, and connection feature in these fragments.
A short clip from Certainty, a film by Candace Nelson I scored in 2017.