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buffalo, NY
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Portrait of alfred brown
my name is fred. i write music for both traditional and nontraditional instruments as well as make unperformable recordings. in my recordings i use almost exclusively found sounds and manipulate them to suit my needs. isolate it, reverse it, cut it, paste it, rearrange it, distort it, mix it, pan it, layer it, loop it, combine it, time stretch it, resample it, turn it into a MIDI patch and play it, etc. i don't approach my composition with a diatonic structure or a resultant form in mind, but rather compose how i hear. in blocks of sound structures placed next to and on top of eachother. there is no longer melody or rhythm to speak of that defines form or shape except for those that contribute to an overall texture. a general and presiding aesthetic concept that defines its own tonality determines the stucture and form of each piece on an individual basis. there is an isolating of musical events, much like freezing time, or slowing it to a crawl. real time occurs, but as the exception to the rule. added to that, there are ussually constant rubatos not of passages in the traditional sense, but of fragments of the piece as a whole. in short, i try to explore the infinity that somehow clothes itself within every finite instant of a musical ( or nonmusical ) event. but i also am cautious of the possibility of a purely pedantic approach to composition that results in a dead, emotionless work of music. i passionately pour into my music hope, awe, fear, grief, joy, gladful submission, excitement, gentleness, sincerity, love, and wonder. it is my wish that this would be comunicated through the overall pensive and melancholy sound, which i believe is the result of the combination of all these. just listen.