“This Mess” is a collaboration between myself and Nico Muhly.
Nico and I co-wrote three pieces in April 2020 while quarantined in New York. We were classmates at Juilliard but hadn’t seen each other in many years. I caught his attention with some videos I made to demonstrate my rhythmic arpeggiator plugin BeatPeggiator, which I used to create many of the rhythmic elements in these pieces. I made videos for each piece which attempt to illustrate how these rhythmic elements intersect. I also played drums on “Sevens” and “Quintuplets”.
Nico and I discussed “Five In Nines” and “Quintuplets” on Living Music with Nadia Sirota in May 2020.