beau sievers

electronic

instrumental

studies and other projects

bio

I'm a composer and researcher. I'm working on a PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences in the Wheatley lab at Dartmouth College.

contact

Please feel free to email me, especially if you'd like more information about a piece or if you want to see a score that's not yet linked here. You can follow me on Twitter.

Teaching

Writing

Art

Software

Ruby PCSet

Ruby PCSet is a simple Ruby library for performing pitch-class set theory operations. It has a few nice things which similar tools lack, including evaluation of some properties described by Balzano (coherence, uniqueness) and Huron (aggregate dyadic consonance).

Metropolis

A polyrhythmic metronome. As of October 11, 2011, Metropolis has been updated to use Eric Lyon's el.samm~ and el.player~ objects for dramatically improved accuracy and reliability.

Download OS X application. Download Max/MSP patch. Watch screencast.

Purple Morcellator

A loop slicer for live improvised performance.

Download OS X application. Download Max/MSP patch. Watch screencast.

Selected Performances

  • June 17, 2012. Music for Snare Drums by K.C.M. Walker. Performed with Jack Callahan at Incubator Arts Project, St. Mark's Church, New York, NY.
  • March 1, 2012. Distance Etudes performed by Conrad Harris, Pauline Kim, Liuh-Wen Ting, and Brian Snow. ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn, NY.
  • February 13, 2012. General MIDI Haiku. All MIDI concert curated by David Kant at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
  • September 2, 2011. Memory Network performed by ZWERM and Larry Polansky at Ostrava New Music Days, Ostrava Philharmonic Hall, Czech Republic.
  • June 9, 2011. Spatial Network for Percussion performed by Nuno Aroso at Villa Romana, Florence, Italy.
  • April 22, 2011. Trio with Brendan Landis and Erik Schoster (Rough Weather) and solo improvisation at Flushnik, Brooklyn, NY.
  • February 19, 2011. Solo improvisation at RPPP, Brooklyn, NY.
  • February 18, 2011. Coordination Study, performed by the S.E.M. Ensemble at Willow Place Auditorium, Brooklyn, NY.
  • January 19, 2011. Duo with Hey Exit at RPPP, Brooklyn, NY.
  • January 7, 2011. Crossings for Piano Four Hands, performed by Andrew Christopher Smith and Sam Morrison. Solo General MIDI Improvisation. Working draft of Chomsky's Garden, performed by Andrew Christopher Smith, Sam Morrison, Brendan Landis, and myself. St. Mark's Poetry Project, St. Mark's Church, New York, NY.
  • July 2, 2010. Harmony # by David Kant; piano; at the Ontological-Hysteric theater, New York, NY.
  • November 22, 2009. Permeable Borders Karaoke for Performa '09 at Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY.
  • November 19, 2009. Solo improvisation at the AUNTS is Dance Roadshow, Brooklyn, NY.
  • August 18, 2009. Solo improvisation at ICMC 2009 in Montreal, Canada.
  • July 23, 2009. Spatial network for percussion; performed by Nuno Aroso for SMC 2009 at Casa da Musica in Porto, Portugal.
  • May 7, 2009. For assisted cellist; performed by Alex Waterman for The Way To Go Out at the Spheris Gallery in Hanover, NH.
  • May 5, 2009. Spatial network for percussion; performed by Doug Perkins at the Dartmouth Festival of New Musics in Hanover, NH.
  • Grammar space, with Michael Chinen. At Ear Warmers, The Hopkins Center, Hanover NH.
  • Tetherball by Larry Polansky; guitar; for The Way To Go Out at the Spheris Gallery in Hanover, NH.
  • February 8, 2009. 3 mvmts for gtr by Chris Peck; guitar. At Ear Warmers, The Hopkins Center, Hanover NH.
  • November 20, 2008. For 1, 2, or 3 People by Christian Wolff; percussion; For The Way To Go Out at the Spheris Gallery in Hanover, NH.
  • October, 30, 2008. Duo with Chris Peck for The Way To Go Out at the Spheris Gallery in Hanover, NH.
  • May 3, 2008. Duo with Will Guthrie at the Dartmouth Festival of New Musics.
  • February 21, 2008. For Three Laptops; performed by Michael Chinen, Carmen Caruso, and myself for The Way To Go Out at the Spheris Gallery, Hanover, NH.
  • January 24, 2008. Eine Kleine Gamelan Computer Music by Daniel Goode; electronics; for The Way To Go Out at the Spheris Gallery in Hanover, NH.
  • November 2, 2007. CONDUCTION® No. 167, Samson Occom by Butch Morris; electronics; Dartmouth College.
  • April 29, 2007. Rime and Glaze by Olivia Block; percussion; world premiere at the Berklee College of Music.

Miscellanea

Sometimes I am a mixing and mastering engineer. Recently I've worked on Larry Polansky's album The Theory of Impossible Melody, a forthcoming album of compositions by Kui Dong, and an album by Brendan Landis as Hey Exit called Slow Names, available at Of Plants.

In 2005 I was commissioned by Cambodian Living Arts to produce and engineer Khmer Passages, an album of traditional Khmer music, along with Yun Theara and Parker Barnes.

While working with Studio CLA in Phnom Penh in 2003-04, Parker Barnes, Eli CP, Ben Lerer, myself, Yun Theara, Savy Ouch, and numerous other talented Khmer musicians recorded an album. Here's a San Francisco Chronicle Magazine article about the project. And here's the All About Jazz review.

I play drums with Pineapple Island Tribesmen. When I lived in Boston, I also played with ...and people and crocodiles...