I just got word from the Black Dogs art collective that a piece of mine is being used as part of their upcoming sound installation for the Bradford Threadfest at Hand Made in Bradford. For a New Jersey kid to have his compositions used in Bradford, England is really cool.
Their installation is a 7 hour radio broadcast, as if they were using the in-store radio since Hand Made in Bradford used to be a Virgin Records store. The theme is “Commercial Break”, and there’ll be everything from songs to spoken word pieces to field recordings, etc.
My piece is called “Money is the (sq)Root of Evil Meditation”. Listen to it below on Soundcloud, and then check out some more about the piece after the player.
First European performance! Whoo!
About the Piece: “Money is the (sq)Root of Evil Meditation” takes the theme of Commercial Break in a more negative light. The piece centers around modern day charlatans selling spiritual/self-help products and scams for exorbitant amounts, and the dangers posed by these false spirituality teachings/teachers. Most of the spoken word clips used in the piece are those of James Arthur Ray, who was involved in several questionable business and spiritual practices, and convicted in 2010 of three counts of negligent homicide which occurred during a sweat lodge ceremony in his highest-priced workshop/retreat entitled “Spiritual Warrior”. I suppose it’s a bit ironic, because the sort of ambient/drone music that “Money” is styled after is often a meditative experience for me, but the message here is that you can’t commercialize that without disastrous results.