I measured the skies... (2016)


for stereo fixed media


This work is a meditation on quotations from Johannes Kepler and Anna Laetitia Aikin. It is largely inspired by a vivid dream I had in Urbana, Illinois of my home in Walnut Creek, CA. In reflection, my interest in sound stems from my upbringing near the ecologically diverse open spaces of San Francisco's East Bay Area.  I was interested in exploring my subconscious mind's abstracted image of my home in Walnut Creek - especially my fading memory of specific details, the vivid environment outside of my window, and the reconfigured floor plans I had "walked" through. I used my experiences from home and my impression of nature around us to guide the work's narrative. This work seeks to convey a journey through these environments and put at question perceived aural identities to engage the listener's imagination. 

The work was selected for performance at the National Conference for the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) at St. Cloud State in 2017. It was composed in both Walnut Creek, CA, as well as at the Experimental Music Studios at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


The composition is designed for stereo performance, and should be experienced on either high-quality headphones or speakers that can support low frequencies.

Source: https://soundcloud.com/nicholasyamamoto/skies