After Years of Grey Airplanes Matthew Griffin [max alexander]

“After Years of Grey Airplanes” is a piece built from forgotten sounds - those bits edited out from other compositions, here repositioned as focal points, creating a sound world one extra step removed from the original, acoustic source, and thus one that operates solely on an internal logic. Formally, there is a strong anti-algorithmic approach to composition, wherein the composer has taken hundreds and hundreds of microedits from various parts of the piece and built the propulsive bed from jump-cuts.

This internal logic is used to remove any desire on the part of the listener to “solve” the piece - very quickly one realizes the patterns are unsolvable, and thus the formal elements can instead present a philosophical motivation, which in this case is one of violence, or “punching through”. Indeed, not literal violence, but those moments which jump out and present themselves as “incorrect”, and hopefully move the listener towards a slightly uncomfortable pla! ce.

“Airplanes” is the first movement of “Cast A Widening Circle”.

Source: 2009

  • Year of composition: 2009
  • Genre: Electroacoustics
  • Format: Fixed media
  • Hardware used: lost sounds (processed from old recordings, source unknown) wood blocks trombone, trumpet shure microphones (sm57 and ksm44)
  • Software used: protools puredata max/msp
  • Duration of the submitted work: 9:45
  • Production: University
  • Disc publication: “After Years of Grey Airplanes” is a part of “Cast a Widening Circle”, first presented in Chicago, April 2009 as a solo dance/video/audio piece, and is now available for purchase online at It is an independent release, only available digitally.

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