Kerrith Livengood, Composer

Kerrith Livengood







Current Projects

I am currently working on commissions for soprano Amy Petrongelli and the h2 quartet.

Past Projects

Between September 2010 and September 2011, I planned, created, recorded, and posted online a new piece of music every day for a year. This project I called Clang Jingle Clang, and my goal was to try out as many experimental musical ideas as possible, without having to write fully-polished pieces to be performed by others.

Some pieces were meticulously planned and written out in full musical notation; others were improvised, and others were digitally manipulated collages of sounds. I used a wide array of toys, tools, instruments, techniques, found sounds, and volunteers to create as many different sounds as possible, in an attempt to make each piece unique.

Below are some of my favorite selections from the Clang Jingle Clang blog.

Sept. 20, 2010 -- nature abhors it

At one time, I owned three beat-up old vacuum cleaners, and sampled the sound of vacuuming popcorn, coins, rice, and paper clips with each, adding some drums and effects.


Oct. 3rd, 2010 -- glitter drone

I liked the pseudo-electronic sound of altered glockenspiel tones in this one.


Nov. 19, 2010 -- instant winner

Funky fake flute choir! Recording myself playing multiple parts and hastily synchronizing them later was a key technique for the daily music-making.


Dec. 16th, 2010 -- sundog brighten

Over time the blog project pushed me toward composing with more ambient, atmospheric sounds, like the strummed piano strings here.


Dec. 31st, 2010 -- grilling with kindness

Discovering a multitude of free VSP plugins for Audacity, I start including much more digital manipulation.


Jan. 29, 2011 -- color field

Cutting the attacks off of flute notes created a neat "synth-bell" sound; often, the pieces with simple materials turned out best.


Feb. 10th, 2011 -- sew it girl

Cowbells and cello, with some effects, a catchy piece that makes a nice ringtone.


May 3rd, 2011 -- rock out with your glock out

It’s heavy metal meets lightweight, high-pitched metal.


June 30, 2011 -- the happiest cow in Switzerland

I was always excited to get other people to participate in the blog; in this case, soprano Lindsay Kesselman sings like a maniacal cow, with a background of granulated cowbells Dan VanHassel helped me make.