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most recent works

Zaum Box
(2015-16) for speaking percussionist
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Construct: for organ
(2016) for pipe organ
description | watch (premiere performance)

Mastodon Rises
(2017) for baritone saxophone, electric guitar, piano and drums

Spines
(2016) for solo guitar
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orchestral/large ensemble works

Violin Concerto
(2013) for chamber orchestra
description | PDF description | CD | listen

Lineamenta
(2000) for chamber orchestra and Thai instruments
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Pan-lom
(1998) for large ensemble of Thai and Western instruments
description | CD

 

ensemble works: mixed chamber (Western instruments only)

Mastodon Rises
(2016) for baritone saxophone, electric guitar, piano and drums

The Toy Robot's Mechanical Heart
(2015) for toy piano and percussion
description | watch (nnSF '16) | watch (Passepartout Duo)

Fold (A Postcard Piece)
(2013) for ensemble (variable instrumentation)
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Mirror / Fall
(2011) for oboe and trombone
(substitutions of other instruments are possible)
description | watch
| watch (soprano sax/bassoon version)

In tall and tufted reeds
(2009) for alto flute, cello and accordion
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| listen

In Daylight and Cool White (to Dan Flavin)
(2008) for flute ensemble
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Petit Hommage à Jehan Alain
(2007) for alto flute and cello
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Ecstatic Volutions in a Neon Haze
(2005) originally for oboe, bassoon, acoustic guitar, eletric guitar, piano and percussion
(instrumentation is flexible, see description for details)
description | CD | watch (nnSF'14) | watch (NIU) | Interpreter's Forum

Iris
(2003) for flute, guitar, cello and marimba
description | CD | listen

Thao
(1997) for flute, oboe, marimba, vibraphone, violin, contrabss and ching (handbell)
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After This, Nothing
(1997) for bass clarinet and viola
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Ritual Music
(1995) for oboe, viola, bassoon and piano
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String Quartet
(1995)
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ensemble works: with Asian instruments

Serpent of Five Tongues
(2009) for guanzi and sheng (Chinese oboe and Chinese mouth organ)
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Music for a Royal Palace
(2006) for sheng (Chinese mouth organ), viola, marimba and percussion
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Three Body Problem
(1999) for khaen and cello
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Pan-lom
(1998) for large ensemble of Thai and Western instruments
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Three Lai
(1996) for khaen, violin and viola
description | CD | watch

 

ensemble works: percussion

Microlude in Three Primes
(2012) for percussion quartet
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Once, in a grove of tamarisk
(2012) for mallet percussion trio
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| watch | CD | interpreter's forum

Nongak
(2011) for mallet percussion duo
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| listen

Pines Long Slept in Sunshine
(2009) for percussion ensemble
description | watch (UK) | watch (NIU)

Signals Intelligence
(ensemble version, 2002) for percussion ensemble
description | CD | watch(UK)
| watch (NIU) | interpreter's forum

 

ensemble works for improvisers

Cleopatra
(2010) for tenor saxophone, guitar and piano
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Serpent of Five Tongues
(2009) for guanzi and sheng (Chinese oboe and Chinese mouth organ)
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Mastodon
(2009) for bass clarinet, guitar and piano
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Repudiation and Sacrifice (Music in Service of Revolution)
(2004) for voice, woodwinds, percussion, computer and electronics
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I Want to Believe
(2002-04) for soprano saxophone and piano or trio with vibraphone
description | CD

 

instrumental solo works: percussion

Zaum Box
(2015-16) for speaking percussionist
description | watch

Air
(2014) for glockenspiel
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Strata
(2011) for extended range glockenspiel (c-f''') or celesta
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Plenum Vortices
(2009) for percussion
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| interpreter's forum | LP | listen | watch

Motetus
(1995/2009) version for extended range glockenspiel (c-f''')
description | interpreter's forum | watch

Signals Intelligence
(solo version, 2002) for percussion
(virtuoso version, 2009) for percussion
description | CD | listen (studio recording by Robert Dillon) | watch
| interpreter's forum

 

instrumental solo works: keyboard

Construct: for organ
(2016) for pipe organ

description | watch (premiere performance)

Strata
(2011) for extended range glockenspiel (c-f''') or celesta
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11 Sequences for Tom Johnson
(2010) for pipe organ
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Bear Woman Dances
(2001) for piano solo
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| listen

things that flow
(1996) for harpsichord solo
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Motetus
(1995) for carillon
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Four Piano Sketches
(1992-1995) for piano solo
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instrumental solo works: Asian winds

Clarion over the dreaming earth
(2015) for 37-pipe chromatic sheng
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Five Cycles
(2002) for khaen solo
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Epilogue for a Dark Day
(2001) for khaen solo
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Telemetry Lock
(1999) for khaen solo
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Tashi Delek
(1998) for khaen solo
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the wind blows inside
(1997) for khaen solo
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wind-chime
(1997) for sheng (Chinese mouth organ)
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instrumental solo works: guitar

Spines
(2016) for solo guitar
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Aeneas in the Underworld, Act II
(2014) for guitar/orator and tape with second guitar
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Aeneas in the Underworld, Act I
(2011) for guitar/orator
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Liber Pulveris
(2005) for acoustic guitar
description | CD | video with score

 

instrumental solo works: winds, strings

010 machine states
(2012) for flute
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Jolie Sphinx
(2009) for violin
description | watch

Telemetry Lock II
(2006) for 5-string electric violin
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First Spectrum of the Contrabass
(2002) for contrabass
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Song for a Form Carved by Water
(2001) for soprano saxophone with drone accompaniment
description | listen

 

vocal works

Madrigal: Epitaphium Poliae
(2012) for choir SSAATTBB
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Song for a Glacial Boulder
(2002) for soprano or tenor and saxophone quartet
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electronic works

Piano Field
(2012) 2-channel audio
description | video (excerpt)

Hector Mine
(2004) 2-channel audio
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Truisms
(1995) for reader and computer
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