Jamie Leigh Sampson & Andrew Martin Smith of the ADJ•ective New Music, LLC and Gathered Gallery
January 24, 2014 at the Gathered Gallery in Toledo, OH
I was casually attending the BGSU New Music Festival in October and staying with my gracious composer friends Jamie Leigh Sampson and Andrew Martin Smith. One morning over breakfast we were talking shop about electronic music, and I may have uttered the words "Of course I write electronic music pieces: I'm a child of the 1980s, but most of the time I don't know what I'm doing," and Andrew was like, "So…would you like to write a piece using glass sounds?"
Well, of course I did. I wasn't sure I was going to have enough time to create something decent from the pre-recorded sounds collected from the Gathered Gallery. But while Andrew kept talking about the details of the event, I immediately thought of Benjamin Franklin's glass harmonica, and then Philadelphia, and then crime rates and major accidents in urban cities like Philadelphia. And then I thought of drug culture and police sirens, and then I was looking up "glass harmonica" on my phone, and then I thought I should probably look up at Andrew because he was still talking to me and that would be The Polite Thing To Do.
I said yes to the project because I had a good (ADD-ridden) concept in my head. Why not start the piece with beautiful glass tones (possibly representing Philadelphia's past?) and then abruptly curtail the pretty ambient music hypnosis with a violent car crash (possibly representing Philadelphia's present?).