Jeremy Rosenstock

Jeremy Rosenstock

Jeremy Rosenstock is a sound artist based in Los Angeles. His principal teachers and mentors include Michael Pisaro, Wolfgang Von Schweinitz, Tim Feeney, Clay Chaplin, Jonathan Dettling, Stan Link, Michael Slayton, Michael Alec Rose, Craig Nies, and Gabriela Lena Frank. 

Jeremy received his MFA in Experimental Sound Practices from CalArts and his BM in Piano Performance (with a concentration in composition) from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. His artistic interests include natural objects, field recording, feedback systems, and just intonation.

Artist Location: Los Angeles, CA

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the stone and the shred
In this piece, a stone is allowed to drift down the strings of an electric guitar. 

A guitar is placed in front of a distorted amplifier as a means of producing feedback. The body of the guitar is elevated so the neck of the instrument is diagonal to the floor. The performer places EBows on two strings, tuned a natural seventh apart. 

Next, the performer places a stone on the stings; the stone, in combination with the droning strings, produces a noise akin to “shredding,” as found in heavy metal. The stone and EBows are allowed to drift away from the body towards the head of the instrument. The movement of the stone produces a slow, descending glissandi; the EBows’ movement creates spontaneous variations in timbre. This process is occasionally interrupted by bursts of feedback, activated when the stone touches a natural harmonic on the strings. 

This process continues until the stone has reached the head of the guitar. The piece concludes with the performer elevating the body further, allowing the EBows to hit the head of the guitar and knock the stone off the instrument.

While this piece consists of an instrument “prepared” with a natural object, the slow, durational nature of the stone places physical process above any traditional musical teleology. Sound is allowed to exist as a causality of friction and gravity.

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