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VIOLIST, COMPOSER, IMPROVISER, EDUCATOR

 

Podcast

Endless Beautiful

Spreading "viola-vision" world-wide
What the heck is viola-vision? You'll have to listen to Endless Beautiful to find out. I was a featured guest on this wonderful interactive podcast centered around creating art while listening to soundscapes. Every episode contains a 15-minute soundscape created by the hosts. Listeners are encourage to draw, write, sculpt, or compose something in real time during the listening along with the hosts and guest. Listen to the episode and experience viola-vision for yourself through my on-the-spot creation here!

 

SOLO ALBUM

Letters to My Future Self

Original Sounds for violas

To be released on Centaur Records 2018. Stay tuned!

 

"Letters to My Future Self" will take you on a musical journey through the inside of my mind. This self-produced, self-composed, and self-recorded collection breaks preconceived notions of what a viola can do in a constantly-morphing soundscape of styles and genres. Some of the tracks are layered improvisations, while others are fully notated compositions (some of which I've also published). Aside from a few digital instruments, all of the sounds were created only with the viola, because let's be honest, everything sounds better on viola.

 
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Letters to My Future Self

Original sounds for violas. Composed, arranged, recorded, and produced by Nick Revel.

Mixed by Rozhan Razman at Riro Muzik

Mastered by Joe Lambert at JLM

Album art by my genius cousin Jan de Hoog

To be released on Centuar Records

Notes on DotDash (2017) for string quartet: In early 2017 I had a strong emotional reaction to the Trump Administration's attempt to limit free press. I wanted to create a piece sprinkled with secret messages that could be decoded. Naturally, Morse Code came to mind, so I started transcribing all manner of words from Morse Code into rhythms. Embedded into the rhythm of the music are statements in Morse Code about Donald Trump. Here are the codes’ translations and timestamps:

0:00    ... --- ...     SOS

1:49     .... . .-.. .--.     HELP

2:29    .... . / .-- --- -.     HE WON

3:26    .... . / .. ...     HE IS   

3:28    .... .- - .      HATE

          .-.. .. . ...      LIES

          ... .. -.-. -.-     SICK

          . ...- .. .-..      EVIL

3:32    .... . / .. ...     HE IS

3:34    --. .-. . . -.. -.--     GREEDY

           -.-. --- .-- .- .-. -..     COWARD

           -.-. --- .-. .-. ..- .--. -     CORRUPT

           .--. . .-. ...- . .-. -     PERVERT

3:42    .... . / .. ... / ... .... .. -    HE IS SHIT 

8:03    .... --- .--.    HOPE