Breadth (2002) 12'57"
the title of this piece comes from the smarmy aphorism that since you can't do anything about the length of your life you might as well broaden its
breadth. the material used in the manufacturing of this piece is all taken from recordings i have made while travelling all over the world. my intention was to
use them to create a non-linear narrative, a soundtrack to the film that the audience must visualize in their own minds. since all sounds are inherently
musical, the creation of music from recorded sound sources brings new and different associations with it - though admittedly field recording of environments can be more easily made into a narrative background. another hope is that the use of recorded natural sounds will free the audience's music-perception mechanisms from expectation, allowing the listeners to freely travel through the time as it progresses, just like what happens in "real life."
Jonathan Segel (USA)
is an accomplished musician and composer. He has composed music for film and dance and has toured throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe with a number of bands, most notably Camper Van Beethoven, Sparklehorse and Cracker and with avant garde musician Eugene Chadbourne. He plays several instruments, including the guitar, bass guitar, violin, viola, mandolin, keyboards and computer. He has also worked as a sound editor for film with Academy Award winning sound designer Dane A. Davis at Danetracks in Los Angeles.
Jonathan graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1985 with a B.A. in music composition. He studied composition with Dr. Gordon Mumma and myth and language with Dr. Norman O. Brown. He is presently finishing a Master's degree at Mills College in Oakland.