JP MERZ: "TEST THE WATERS"

JP is a friend of from our time at Lawrence University. He is an amazing guitarist, composer, and musician in many other ways and is now studying composition at CU Boulder as a grad student. We are super excited to have him as our second contributor to Pando. You can check out more of his work on his Soundcloud, his website, or his Facebook.


FROM JP:

So I’m not exactly sure how this works but it seems like there is some sort of theme to the response process and a loose prompt usually. So here’s mine.

I work a lot with electronic music, but my tendencies lean towards the experimental/contemporary classical tradition. Maybe it’s just because I’ve been working within academia, but I haven’t really explored much of the very expansive realm of “beat-making”, a genre so popular that (for some) it’s almost synonymous with term electronic music. I really respect and admire “beat-making”, but just haven’t really had the right impetus or environment to try it out. So one day I sat down and said, fuck it, I’m going to make a beat. So my prompt to you all is to make something in a medium you haven’t explored but really admire.

This beat is a remix of a piece I did for a collaboration with a dancer. The dance work was all about the human body, a variety of characters each representing an organ. This particular piece was for the lungs and I collaborated with Margaret McNeal, recording a lot breathy, Meredith Monk-esque melodies. Here is the remixed beat version.

Here is the original piece for the dance work in case you are interested.