A Statement and the Sound

A Statement and the Sound for group of performers and PowerPoint presentation deliberates the aesthetics of music in a nuanced and lively pre-recorded lecture on aesthetics. Some completely (un)intentional glitches might still need to be worked out…


  • June 17, 2019 by Mnemosyne Quartet, UMKC Composition Workshop, White Recital Hall, White Recital Hall at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, KCMO.


BINGO is a highly complex work featuring five musicians and three procedural operators. The procedural operators work through various strategies involving sophisticated formulas to determine the aural boundaries essential to the cohesive dynamism among the ensemble members. Despite the piece title, this work must not be interpreted to be a game of any sort. 


  • March 14, 2019 by Seth Davis, John Dragoo, Austin Engelhardt, Joseph Gonzalez, Miguel Silva-Leon, Dylan Findley, Jacob Frisbie, and David Witter for Classical Revolution
    Californos, KCMO.

Improvisations VI: Just, Plane, Natural

Improvisations VI: Just, Plane, Natural manipulates the improviser's playing to be different partials of harmonic series. Though the performer is free to improvise within the bounds of good judgment, the form is dictated by the order of events in the Pure Data software.

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Improvisations 5.2 Two Tracks for Two Minds

Free improvisation based on Improvisations V.  For any instrument and laptop performer.

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April 15th, 2017 [Premiere], THIS IS THE END: Society of Composers, Inc., Andrew Friedrichs (trombone), Dylan Findley (laptop).

April 28th, 2017, Refreshing the Feeling: A Concert of Works by Dylan Findley, Paige Towsey (violin), Dylan Findley (laptop).

Improvisations V: Two-Track Mind

The second piece in my Improvisations set, this piece experiments with randomized, manipulated loops of material produced by the improviser.  These loops inherently create rhythms, and the improviser performs according to the rhythms.  As with the first improvisation, the form is set, making it a unique and identifiable piece.

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A free-form piece based off of both Terry Riley's In C and John Zorn's Cobra. Letters indicate repeated musical ideas and numbers specify which pianist performs which idea. The director has complete control over the order of the events, though there are three suggested sections to follow in order to create a departure and return.

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  • April 11, 2015, [Premiere], Brigham Young University ALMA Lab (Open Lab Time).

Improvisations IV: An Appeal to the [SOUND] Masses

This improvisation is fed through a Pd Extended patch, which processes, modulates, and loops the improvised sounds.  The structure is determined by a loop pedal, and the performer is encouraged to familiarize him or herself with this structure to take advantage of its unique qualities.

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[Breathe if needed]

This open instrumentation work develops rhythms based on four articulations/attack styles of the performers' choice. It can be performed by at least two performers, and there is no limit on the number of performers.

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February, 21st 2017, Catch and Release: Student Composers, Inc., Diego Matallana (contrabass), Guillermo Ospina (percussion), Dylan Findley (clarinet).

November 20th, 2014 [Premiere], Group for Experimental Music, Stuart Wheeler (voice), Chris Morrison (piano), Brian Lee (percussion), Dylan Findley (clarinet).


Thoughtsketches features an open-ended structure that allows for improvisation.  This technique is largely explored by Christian Asplund, who I studied with at the time.  The first movement, Canonic Perception, has a line of text that is read by the performers at the rhythm of their choice, but within a tapped tempo. It proceeds in a round.
Synesthesia provides a uniquely colored chromatic scale for each performer. The vocalist has a list of colors with associated words to vocalize. The instrumentalists play within the limits of the colored notes according to which color they feel matches the word.

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