Jacob David Sudol(b. Des Moines, Iowa 1980) writes intimate compositions that explore enigmatic phenomena and the inner nature of how we perceive sound. He recently finished his M.Mus. at McGill University and currently resides in La Jolla, CA where he is working towards a Ph.D. in composition at the University of California at San Diego with Roger Reynolds, Chinary Ung, Philippe Manoury, and Rand Steiger.

Over the last five years some of Jacob's mentors in composition have included John Rea, Denys Bouliane, Philippe Leroux, Sean Ferguson, Dan Asia, and Craig Walsh. He has also participated in master classes with Danish composer Bent Sørensen and German composer Manfred Stahnke.

During 2005-2006, Jacob was the first-ever composer-in-residence for the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble under the direction of Denys Bouliane, in collaboration with the McGill Digital Composition Studio. He has also written music for the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Contemporary Keyboard Society, percussionist Fernando Rocha, saxophonist Elizabeth Bunt, and clarinetist Krista Martynes. As an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, he composed the music for a collaborative dance project with choreographer Hillary Peterson, and he was the principal composer and pianist for El Proyecto de Santa Barbara, a chamber Latin jazz ensemble.

During the 2005 and 2007 Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques and 2006 MusiMars festivals Jacob was an electronic assistant for performances with Court-Circuit, Matt Haimovitz, Sara Laimon, Martin Matalon, Moritz Eggert, Manfred Stahnke, the Caput Ensemble, and the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble. These concerts were broadcast by the CBC and the European Broadcasting Union in over fifty countries throughout the world. He is currently a studio research assistant for Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds.

During his free time Jacob takes an active interest in religious phenomenology, cinema, acoustics, literature, poetry, and visual art. As a composer and performer, he always attempts to bring insights from these other fields into his work.


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Mp3 Blog #10: "Dark Globe"

Syd Barrett:
”Dark Globe” (1969)

Available on The Madcap Laughs

A few days ago, Syd Barrett died in his home at 60.

In one of my former lives, Pink Floyd was one of my favorite bands. Although a number of Pink Floyd guitar tab transcriptions I did in High School still litter the net, those fandom days are behind me and I can hardly stand listening to Pink Floyd anymore. The only exception to this generality is the first Pink Floyd album and only one where Syd Barrett was at the helm.

Syd Barrett had the unique ability to write and sing songs that are simultaneously absurd, silly, tragic, and constantly sound on the verge of collapsing. Although he only recorded a few albums before even turning 30, he has spawned countless imitators and a whole chunk of indie songwriters owe their debt to these recordings that document his mental breakdown.

After leaving Pink Floyd, the rest of the group wrote a number of literal and metaphorical tributes to Syd Barrett. However, not to dismiss the rest of Pink Floyd’s heart and efforts, I contend that the best tributes for Syd Barrett are the ones he wrote for himself.