Jeremy regularly composes for the contemporary music ensemble, Pique Collective. He is often influenced by the musicians around him and the sounds and sights of both nature and the city. You can view some of his compositions below, and use the
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At Rest: One of the benefits of regular cardiovascular exercise is that it can help to lower your resting heart rate. When a person is calm and their body is at rest, their heart will be pumping the least amount of blood necessary to maintain basic functions. A typical resting heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats per minute, but it is not uncommon for an athlete to have a resting heart rate as low as 40 beats per minute. A lower resting heart rate is often a sign of a healthy heart that does not need to work hard to maintain regular functions. Largely due to the hyper-capitalist economic paradigm that favors individual profit and growth over the education and health of all people, Americans are overworked, overstressed, have poor diets, rarely exercise, and do not sleep enough. It is not a coincidence that the number one cause of death in America is heart disease. We could all benefit from a lower heart rate and a more healthy and relaxed lifestyle.
Sleep Cycle: There are many ways to experience a sleep cycle. Sometimes it takes forever to turn off our minds, other times we quickly achieve rapid eye movement and begin dreaming without delay, and there are even times when we are aware of our presence in between dreams and the waking life. The cognitive activity occurring in the brain during a sleep cycle is simultaneously exciting and frightening because the activity is both unpredictable and largely outside of our control. This piece is a sonic demonstration of the transformations possible during a sleep cycle.
Dream: The second movement from the dramatic composition, “Journeys” Music based on the poem of the same title by Lucas Chib
Winds of Change: This piece aims to recreate that nervous feeling that is right in between anticipation and hesitation; like the unexpected chills that you get when you are standing in an open field and the surroundings are surprisingly still. In this moment, you suddenly appreciate how small and isolated you are, but also how much space you have available to navigate.
No Loitering: Laws prohibiting the act of “loitering” are problematic. The defined act of loitering is both vague and possible to interpret in ways that can be advantageous to some people and detrimental to others. Despite these issues, an absurd number of “No Loitering” signs are posted all over Baltimore City. This piece presents a handful of signs found around the city and offers a musical response to their presence.
Catena: a connected series of related things Between September 2020 and April 2021, this piece was composed for the members of Pique Collective as a 30 week serial project where the material of each week is influenced, transformed, or somehow effected by the preceding week. The result is over an hour of material manipulated in different ways expressing different ideas, and creating interesting soundscapes.
Life Cycle: Life Cycle depicts one moment during each day of the calendar year for a tree located in St. Mary’s Park, Baltimore MD. This red bud demonstrates many changes in size, color, and character over the course of a year, and while it repeats a general cycle of behavior, it is also in a state of constant change and growth from year to year, day to day, and moment to moment. The instrumental melodies represent the iconic stages of the tree’s annual cycle during winter, spring, summer, and autumn. There are 365 photos of the same tree used to complete this composition. A single photo was taken on each day of the 2019 calendar year. These photos were taken at different times of the day but generally from the same vantage point.
Leaves: Original music, videos, and photos that reflect aspects of life found walking through St. Mary’s park in Baltimore, MD.