A Cacophony of Unrequited Love

Below are impressions of A Cacophony of Unrequited Love, an ongoing artistic research project I began in 2014 about my personal study of unrequited love through sound, text and image.

 

This long form sound poem “Ms. Disinterested (pt.2)” comes from my debut solo album Crave No More (2010) and was the inspiration for A Cacophony of Unrequited Love. The sound poem features poetry written by myself and Sara, a guest poet and vocal performer. My character represents the perspective of a male seeker of love as she represents a disinterested female.

Demo audio from 2014 made from excerpts of ”Ms. Disinterested (pt.2)”. All excerpts taken from Sara’s poetic text and vocal performance.

 

An excerpt from a study in music video production for A Cacophony of Unrequited Love. This part of the study shows me lip syncing to Sara’s text and manipulated vocal performance. The style of this music video production study was inspired by Bruce Nauman’s Lip Sync (1969). The study was completed in Fall 2015.

First draft of an experimental score/compositional guide for A Cacophony of Unrequited Love.

Studio recording of A Cacophony of Unrequited Love from 2016. Vocal performance by Danielle.

 

This group performance of A Cacophony of Unrequited Love occurred in Spring 2015 during my teaching demonstration within a graduate performance pedagogy course at Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain. At the end of the performance I offer a brief explanation of this work related to my view of the role of music and art within the humanities.

A photograph of me at the first installation of A Cacophony of Unrequited Love in Spring 2016 in Valencia, Spain. This installation features an experimental score, a 60-minute vocal soundscape and photographs of Danielle embodying the emotional landscape of the project. Photography for the installation was created by Rafael, with inclusion of his own work Manipulated Memories (via television screen) to support the concept of A Cacophony of Unrequited Love.

Installation photo of A Cacophony of Unrequited Love at QXT’s Night Club in Newark, New Jersey - August 16, 2018