Biologic Obligations

by Collin Sherman

Released 2017
Released 2017
Horns, analog synths, and propulsive rhythms provide the ingredients for unexpected compositions and free improvisation.
NOTES
This is best described as left-field, sludgy DIY jazz. Oily analog synths gurgle simple harmonies over shifting rhythms while reeds blow melodic, dissonant, then consonant, and always free enough to smudge the outlines of what you thought was the structure, but keeps changing. Classic jazz combo sensibilities blend with electronic experiments, drones, and noise to create something truly unique.

Pleasant Enough

by Collin Sherman

Released 2017
Released 2017
This is a foray into harsh noise, made from the unrepentant abuse of various analog synths, outboard mixers, horns, novelty instruments and other junk.
NOTES
I don't consider myself a noise artist per se, but the musical structures I utilize tend to be rather loose, which lends itself well to a noisy or collage effect. This album is the product of lots of experimentation with different techniques for making some truly awful sounds, lots of editing large troves of the resulting sound files, and more obsessive tweaking than one might think for something that is going to end up sounding …
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Accompaniments for Sparse Rhythms

by Collin Sherman

Released 2015
Released 2015
A forceful combination of electronic, jazz, improvisation, noise and drone formats.
NOTES
As the title suggests, this is the first of my projects to consistently use rhythm throughout the album. I use a variety of instruments, including soprano sax, alto sax, soprano clarinet, bass clarinet, analog synths, electric guitar, and various electronics to create a sound that melds improvisations rooted in jazz with distorted drones and electronic textures.

Extended Sonority

by Collin Sherman

Released 2015
Released 2015
Long-form ambient piece which utilizes digitally treated acoustic instruments and non-traditional sound sources.
NOTES
This piece utilizes alto saxophone and bass clarinet, both digitally treated to alter their original sounds, as well as synthesizers and static. It slowly evolves over the course of over thirty minutes with repetitive mechanical sounds ebbing in over time.

Psychosounds for Pseudosciences

by Collin Sherman

Released 2015
Released 2015
This album was influenced by harsh noise and dark ambient music. Significantly more abrasive than most of my other work.

Indeterminate

by Collin Sherman

Released 2014
Released 2014
These separate pieces flow together to form one cohesive whole. Although consistent background drones tie everything on the album together, the top layers change to reveal distinct harmonic and melodic ideas from track to track.
NOTES
The instruments utilized on this piece are saxophones, clarinets, keyboards, guitars, theremin and various electronics. The first piece starts with high tones, followed by big low harmonies provided by a heavily reverberated theremin. The slow drop of the perfect 5th down to something close to a diminished 5th (and back up again) provides a source of repeating tension and release. This is punctuated by synthetic string swells and seemingly random percussion stabs. The end is …
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Structural Analysis

by Collin Sherman

Released 2015
Released 2015
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A-Levels

A-Levels I begins by layering every note in the A Aeolian scale, one note at a time, spread out over two octaves. Once all notes have been layered, the resulting sound is relatively dissonant. The piece then progresses by changing the filters applied to the total sum every minute. With each change in the filter, the listener becomes adjusted to the dissonance of the sound, and it even appears to grow more consonant. The …
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Forms

by Collin Sherman

Released 2013
Released 2013
Distorted drones meet a variety of more "traditional" instruments in this electro-acoustic set which melds ambient, jazz and noise music.
NOTES
For this album I wanted to create something that had more bite than much of the drone/ambient music which leans toward the pretty or minimal end, while making it more substantial than pure "noise" music. The particular variety of instruments used here suits that purpose well, as the album includes saxophone, clarinet, guitar, theremin, and various keyboards and electronics. Through the distortion, there is always a little taste of a melodic line to tease …
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Writhing in Grace

by Collin Sherman

Released 2013
Released 2013
The slow transitions from section to section balance a growing tension with a feeling of grace and lightness. A feeling of being submerged is gradually replaced by a relentless mechanical presence, which is resolved subtly, just as it first appeared.
NOTES
Based in New York, New York, I create experimental ambient electronic music which deconstructs traditional applications of melody, rhythm and song structure. I have a background in saxophone and clarinet, both of which are used on this piece, as well as electronics. I begin the piece with the natural high tones of the reed instruments to create graceful, floating transitions, which nevertheless leave a lingering dread or foreboding in their wake. As the piece transitions …
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Static

by Collin Sherman

Released 2012
Released 2012
Based in New York, New York, Collin Sherman creates experimental ambient electronic music which deconstructs traditional applications of melody, rhythm and song structure.
NOTES
My musical background lies primarily in playing jazz saxophone and clarinet. After becoming interested in minimalism, I wanted to experiment with how electronics could be used to manipulate certain traditional elements of musical structure (or in some cases eliminate them altogether) in order to achieve emotional resonance in surprising ways. This is the genesis of “Static”. Enjoy.

- Collin Sherman