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An album of music for saxophone and electronics
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This album has already been recorded and mixed, and is ready to send off to press. I am humbled that Innova Recordings will be releasing the album, and I am asking for your help to make this album a reality by donating toward the final production costs and label fees to release my debut album, In Lights Starkly Different. The music contained on the album includes:

  • Random Access for alto saxophone and live electronics (2015) - John Mayrose
  • For the Fallen for soprano saxophone and electronics (2012/2016) - Judith Shatin
  • Break for baritone saxophone and fixed media electronics (2016) - Ed Martin
  • as brightness is smeared into memory for soprano saxophone and interactive electronics (2018) - Jeff Herriott
  • Ötzi for tenor saxophone and interactive stereo playback (2017) - Alexis Bacon
  • Saudade Study for tenor saxophone, delay, and fixed media electronics (2017) - Nathan Edwards
  • In Lights Starkly Different for tenor saxophone and fixed media electronics (2015-2017) - Robin Julian Heifetz

The music on this album is the culmination of years of commissions, collaboration, exploration, friendship, performance, and persistence. While I had performed music for saxophone and electronics during my years as a college student, it was really once I started teaching at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2013 that this medium became an integral part of my artistic voice. My fantastic UWO colleagues, John Mayrose and Ed Martin, quickly became friends and soon collaborations emerged. Performing their music and traveling to electronic music conferences introduced me to a world that was so welcoming that I immediately identified with the shared values of this amazing community of artists. It is through these experiences that I met the other wonderful composers on this album: Judith Shatin, Jeff Herriott, and Alexis Bacon, all of whom I deeply admire, and I absolutely love performing their work. 

The title track refers to the last work on the album by Robin Julian Heifetz. Robin has been a very special collaborator, as his work was one of the first experiences I ever had with electronic music. Words fail to express the gratitude I have for Robin's generosity and the admiration I have for his music. He has graciously written works that have challenged how I approach all my music making, and I have grown tremendously from performing his music. 

These pieces were recording during June and July of 2019 with the help of a faculty development grant from UW Oshkosh. My dear friend and UWO colleague, Nathan Edwards, is the recording engineer on the album and also contributed a beautiful ambient piece on the album. Nathan's patience and artistry behind the board captured this music wonderfully, and I am truly happy with the finished product. We were fortunate to have most of the composers present as producers during the sessions, and those who could not be there still remained closely involved in the process. As a performer, having the composer happy with the finished product means the world to me. 

Lastly, this album is dedicated to the memories of my mother, Darlene Whiting, and my father, Gerry Whiting. It is their love and sacrifice that gave me the opportunity to pursue this creative life. Even when they didn't understand the music, they never questioned my commitment toward pursuing it. They just knew I loved it, and they supported it whole-heartedly. It was their example of love and passion for what you do that made this endeavor possible. 

Thank you for your time, and I hope you will consider supporting this project.

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    Get the album AND some original art!

    -You will received a signed early copy of the album.
    -You will be acknowledged in the liner notes.
    -AND you will receive an original piece of art made by my wonderful wife, Anne Rumery.
    These are improvisatory 10x10 and 9x12 acrylic pours, and are super groovy.
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    Get the album and CUSTOM ORIGINAL ART!

    Not only will you get the album early, get in the liner notes, but my amazing wife, Anne Rumery, will make you an original, 10X10, improvisatory acrylic pour with up to FOUR colors of YOUR CHOICE!
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    Bring me to you for a CONCERT

    That's right. For $500, I will come to you (as long as you are within driving distance, or are willing to pay travel expenses) and put on a concert of music for saxophone and electronics. You will also get the album early, be acknowledged in the liner notes, and get to experience this music LIVE.

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