Richard Graham, Ph.D. (Signals Under Tests) is a guitarist and electronic musician from Northern Ireland. He has performed at festivals and conferences including Moogfest and the International Symposium on Electronic Art. He has composed music for British and US television and recorded live sessions for BBC radio. Graham has performed compositions from his album, “Nascent,” (2012) at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) and the national Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) conference. Graham has also presented his music projects at a number of prestigious research institutions, including Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar, Elektronmusikstudion EMS in Stockholm, Bell Labs in New Jersey, STEIM in Amsterdam, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. His most recent offering, “Disrupt/Construct,” was released on Denovali (GER) in late 2019.
I used Lempner’s recording, the beginning of Stuligross’s percussive recording and Cloyd’s spoken word recording. I used elastic audio and time stretching techniques to process Stuligross’s material to create large textures and I used simple layering and repitching techniques to process Lempner’s material to create droning harmonies. The arrangement is laced with heavy tones and ethereal and broken guitar loops, as per the usual case. The piece begins with a woodwind pedal point, courtesy of Lempner, along with a granular take on Stuligross’s offerings. The aggressive percussive strikes also come from Stuligross. The wash of white noise throughout the piece was achieved by excessively time-stretching Lempner’s open instrumental attack. Cloyd’s spoken word closes out the piece.
Released in 2020 on Hivemind Records (UK). Jaipongan materials (provided by Riedl) formed the basis of a disparate, beat-driven composition. Vocal and rebab samples were processed using granular synthesis and elastic audio tools.
Graham collected musical responses to a series of his own guitar improvisations from Neidhardt over the period of a year. Graham then crafted this album at the Elektronmusikstudion EMS in Stockholm, Sweden. Disrupt is a series of buckling themes that function as self-contained, shorter musical compositions. Construct presents a semi-improvised stream-of-consciousness piece that stands in contrast to the disruptive nature of its counterpart and divides into three self-contained musical movements.
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Scored / prepared guitar materials were contributed to this record by a slew of guitar players for this release on Install (NYC) in 2012.
"Nascent" was released in 2012, featuring a series of ambient works collected throughout 2010 and 2011. The disc features collaborative efforts from Michael Andrews and Laura Graham. Philip Byrne mastered this disc whilst wearing a tin foil hat (his words, not mine). The disc artwork is by Tennessee based Artist, Jon Kenney. Music from "Nascent" has featured on MTV and in independent films.
"Mecca," was released in late 2010, featuring Artists from the US, Japan, Germany, and Finland, and was featured in Guitar Player Magazine, Guitar International Magazine and on regional and national TV (Ch. 5) and radio (BBC Radio 1).