My Fingernail Choir

Written For

Stereo Fixed Media




Realized at the University of Oklahoma Recording Studio, December 2018

Program Notes

The title of this piece references both the source and the production of the sounds contained within. I derived most of the piece’s middle section from a recording of myself scraping my finger along a guitar string. The outer sections take inspiration from choral music: the long, pitched drones that open the piece are reminiscent of an organ, while the ending includes vowel sounds produced by a talkbox and other effects. The title is a reference to Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s lyrics from The Mars Volta song “Luciforms” from their 2008 album Octahedron. The full line reads, “If your heart doth cease to speak / My fingernail choir / Will make your chalkboard sing.”



3/9/19 - Jacob Frost Master's Recital, Pitman Recital Hall, University of Oklahoma
2/8/19 - Tuesday Noon Concert, Fred Jones Art Museum, University of Oklahoma
2/4/19 - Collevoxus Composers' Exchange Concert, Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, University of North Texas, 2/4/19

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