Study on Morning Religion

from by Benjamin R. Fuhrman

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This piece is the result of an accident. As a graduate assistant at Michigan State University, I was privileged to teach an electronic music course. After working late to prepare a fantastic example of the effects of time manipulation on a sample for use in class the next day, I left the drive on my desk the next morning as I went to campus.

I panicked after arriving at my office and realizing that I had left my example at home – especially when I discovered there were only twenty minutes until the beginning of class! Fueled by caffeine and desperation, I hooked up a microphone and sampled the only source I had readily available: my office coffee pot. I played some Gregorian chant fragments ("O Magnum Mysterium," "Victimae Paschali Laudes," and "Dies Irae") on the sampler keyboard using the coffee maker samples and a previously sampled oboe, and began to manipulate the resulting clips' length. A few fades, some panning, and volume automation were all I needed to create the resulting piece, an exploration of structural entropy and dissolution caused by moving sound masses merging and dissolving in space.

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from Concrete Oasis, released September 9, 2016

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Benjamin R. Fuhrman Lansing, Michigan

Benjamin R. Fuhrman is a composer based in Lansing, Michigan. He studied composition at Michigan State University with Ricardo Lorenz and Mark Sullivan, and violin performance at Hope College with Mihai Craioveanu.

his works have been performed throughout the world.

He is currently serving on the faculty at the MSU Community Music School, Mott Community College, and Oakland University.
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