One Half of a Secret Handshake – Solo Electric Guitar

Guitar Player

Compositions are incomplete without an audience that is challenged and engaged. In other words the composer’s role is to put forth one half of a secret handshake, a display which has brilliance directly correlated to absurdity, but is pitiful without a partner.  In this work, the guitar and computer function as a single meta-instrument, the role of each sounding completely boring without the other’s input. The work is lonely, melancholy, and at times frustrated.


Composed: Spring 2015
Premiered: March 2015 – Grusin Hall in Boulder, Colorado
Musician: Willie Payne (Electric Guitar, Laptop)
Duration: 6 minutes

Poster for Concert

3/18/15 Concert Poster

Black and White Music Visualization

Visual Score