January 13, 2015
It was refreshing to see a review of a work I posted to Soundcloud as a dedication to my friend, Paul Muller. Paul happens to be a huge Steve Reich fan and creates minimalist-style works as well, hence the dedication. This was the first piece in the study and for this one I chose to base the method off of Reich’s Clapping Music in conjunction with other methods. So perhaps not true to the phasing of tempo adjustments which I will address in further studies.
“The driving pulse of the music has the busy urban nightscape quality of Reich’s early works in this manner, where musical lines of close derivation create sonic moiré patterns.” – Disquiet
December 10, 2014
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March 24, 2014
we are strolling down a familiar street at night, perhaps in the fog, the lights from the lamp posts providing little pools of welcome illumination. The texture, however, morphs into a less distinct rhythm as the opening section progresses, and a more alien, metallic feel creeps into the tones of the upper registers. Now little gusts of wind are heard – the landscape has changed to the less familiar, even as we continue walking tentatively forward. – Chain D.L.K (full review here)
March 21, 2014
The video of “Gazing” dance performance March 13, 2014. Note, you can adjust the settings to HD which I recommend.
Choreography: Susan Haines in Collaboration with the Dancers
Costumes: Susan Haines
Music: J.C. Combs
Visual Artist: Prentiss Cole
Stage Manager: Christina Butterton
Lighting Design: Charlie Weber
Set Pieces Design: Prentiss Cole
Dancers: Elizabeth Clarkson, Marisa Fernandez, Makenna Johansen, Kimberlee Kipperburg, Nora Lang, Elli Madsen, Savanna Milton, Mallorie Powell, Terriell Samuels, Ashley Schultz, Kyra Skaggs, Julia White
March 17, 2014
I had a great time attending the dance of “Gazing” and hanging out with Susan Haines (choreographer) and Bruce Hamilton (composer) in their neck of the woods in Bellingham, WWU Performing Arts Center. It was a great show and loved the interpretation of the piece. I will post the video as soon as it is available, but for now here are some photographs from my visit.
Bruce Hamilton & J.C. Combs
March 10, 2014
A new release to the sound art-hybrid world “Every Junkie is a Recording,”- a piece which travels in and around ambient, drone, accidental sounds, mystery synthesis and melodic noise. Available for online purchase now.
November 20, 2013
I was thinking about modern day sheet music, how it could be presented. So I thought about how newspapers and magazines have shifted to an online format and how easy it would be to host my own scores not only here at my main website, but also create a site purely for the works in question, thereby allowing me to post information relevant to the score and not clutter up this site. So far I have sheet music, photos and mp3 MIDI examples. I intend to replace a few of the recordings with my own performances in the future.