Tempus fugit

Latin for “time flies,” Tempus fugit is certainly an apropos hook by which to post to one’s website for the first time in nearly two years. It also bears the name for an electronic music composition created about one year ago, originally conceived for a multi-speaker array environment, but is newly released here in the first of a series of remixed and re-imagined electronic and electroacoustic works. Utilizing the fabulous binaural panning capabilities of Logic Pro X, I bring fixed media nuances usually experienced in multi-speaker, 3D, and HDLA performance spaces only to visitors to this site wearing headphones in the comfort of homes, offices, coffee houses, and class labs.

As Spring 2019 marches forward from late winter, works composed during the past five years represent a retrospective celebration of my 2013 graduation with the inaugural class of MFA in Music Composition students at Vermont College of Fine Arts; and this post serves as a dedication to this excellent program and its graduates, students, faculty, and administration. Here first, Tempus fugit, is available in this binaural realm for personal headphone listening.

So get comfortable, dim the lights, close your eyes, and imagine time compressed in space through sound.

“Tempus fugit” is a sonic depiction of its meaning translated from Latin, “time flees” or “time flies.” This text can be found in multiple sources, both secular and sacred, as evidence of humankind’s journey to reconcile the inevitability of death with the meaning of life. Musically, “Tempus” unveils sound masses as points, lines, and planes that disperse throughout space, much like the moments, pathways, and destinies of human beings.