Goa Variations official release
I’m very pleased to announce that today is the official release of my album, “Goa Variations.” It’s a bit weird to announce a release on a Saturday but given the circumstances, It’s not like anyone has anywhere else to be! This music is my own blend of psychedelic minimalism and I hope you’ll give it a listen. Anyone who likes music of the sort of cosmic variety will hopefully find it particularly appealing!
All of the music was written and performed by myself using my soprano saxophone, Korg minilogue, Korg Volcas, and some hand percussion. I started writing this music last summer as I was diving deep into the early works of the Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass. Repetition features heavily in this music, whether it’s blisteringly quick figures that sift through mixed meters or a slowly winding melody that develops over time through eighth-note displacement.
I’ve performed this music live a couple of times. If fact, when I originally composed it, I hadn’t really conceived of recording it. Most of the repeated figures are open to any number of repetitions so this recording is really just one possibility for how the music sounds. Here’s a video I made last summer of me working on the music so you can see just how much it has changed in that time: