CLOUDS, LIGHT is the fruit of a series of private improvisations I did in April 2016, throwing a variety of simple sounds through a tangled web of sixty-five or so delay lines to see what they would do (this we call “research”). I liked the results of one in particular enough to return to it sporadically over the next six months, pushing and pulling and prodding it until I figured it was really time to call it done and move on to the next big project. The thick haziness of the beginning gradually rises and clarifies until it gives way to a quiet, delicate, warm interlude. The work closes resubmerged in the dense murk, the brief glimmer of light through the clouds passed into memory.
This is the fruit of a bunch of improvisations I was doing using Karplus-Strong synthesis in Max. I had planned to make a much longer piece with it initially, and would like to revisit it at some point, maybe in a Paul Lansky "Idle Chatter" sort of continued exploration. I think there's a lot more to be gotten out of the basic material. One of the visuals that I often think of when listening to this piece is the bit in The Hobbit where Bilbo climbs above the canopy of Mirkwood Forest and sees sunlight... the difference being that, sonically, I actually quite like the sojourn through the darkness that precedes the sunlight interlude! But another analogy I often think of with this piece is that of my experience of depression, punctuated as it often is by moments of lightness and peace.