MY DOG ATE IT (2017) - for concert band and video

Premiere: High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) spring concert - April 27th, 2017


Duration:  ca. 7 min


Program Note:


My Dog Ate It came about through Craig Hauschildt and Da Camera of Houston’s Young Artist Program. One of the goals of the Young Artist program is to facilitate interdisciplinary projects between composers, schools, and artists in the community. For one of such projects this year, Hugh Waddell at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) and Craig suggested I work with Cathy Le, a video student at HSPVA. Our project would be inspired by the process and structure behind Rites of Holi,

a film by Prashant Bhargava, scored by jazz pianist Vijay Iyer. In Rites of Holi, Iyer re-scored a film by Bhargava that was originally shot and edited to Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, but instead of focusing on pagan Russian ritual, focused on the Indian holiday of Holi. Iyer’s music is a totally original, matching the spirit of the film. 


My collaboration with Cathy was similar; Cathy shot and edited a short film, No Homework, to a preexisting piece of music, The Neighborhood, by Darcy James Argue, that Cathy and I picked together. Cathy sent me fragments of video, and I sent her fragments of original music; we both worked on material that would inspire each other. After she completed the film, I re-scored the film with music of my own, without any reference to The Neighborhood. This led to interesting moments of interaction between video and music, still with the spirit of the video—the feeling of missing an assignment then rushing to complete it.