for Kyle Bruckmann (ob + fixed media) (2019, rev. 2020) (9’30”)

Program Note:

“Naturally, he still thought of himself in the third person, as a character in a book or a movie, but at least it was still the third person singular. ‘They’ hadn’t come to get him yet tonight, the bacteria of voices that had taken over the night before. In the presence of the absence, in the absence of the presence, Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Life imitating bad literary criticism. Dis/inte/gration. Exhausted and febrile. Business as usual. Funny business as usual.”

— Edward St. Aubyn, Bad News.

Dis/inte/gration(2019, rev. 2020) consists of inherently unstable gestures in crisis and collapse. While made of the same material — although it may not appear so, all electronic material is present in the live oboe part, processed and played back through a phase vocoder at impossibly slow speeds — the electronics are a disruptive force on the live oboe, enacting change and forcing the material to collapse in on itself, a ‘bacteria of voices.’



Featured on Kyle Bruckmann’s of rivers— view here. This album was just rated as one of "The Best Contemporary Classical Music on Bandcamp, March 2024". Read the review here.


Performance History:

  • March 2022 - Dis/inte/gration; Kyle Bruckmann, oboe; University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music
  • March 2021 - Dis/inte/gration; Kyle Bruckmann, oboe; University of California at Davis
  • World premiere: November 2020 - Dis/inte/gration (premiere); Kyle Bruckmann, oboe; University of California at Berkeley CNMAT