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Broken Arc

The composition Broken Arc, from the album An Exploded View of Time (2018)

Horse Lords - Truthers (Official Video)

The composition "Truthers" from Horse Lords' 2016 album "Interventions." Video by M.C. Schmidt.

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About Andrew

Baltimore City

Andrew Bernstein is a composer, saxophonist, and sound artist. His work for solo alto saxophone draws on the traditions of minimalism, free improvisation, and electroacoustic music, expanding the sound palette of the instrument through extended techniques and electronic manipulations. His work has taken form in compositions for acoustic and electronic instruments, generative audio/visual software, interactive installations, solo and ensemble performances, and works for theatre, film and dance.... more

An Exploded View of Time

An Exploded View of Time is an album of seven compositions for solo alto saxophone exploring the perception of time and the power of sound and music to reveal truths about the nature of reality. The album is the culmination of a multi-year exploration of extended techniques for the saxophone. I was specifically focused on the technique of circular breathing, the posibilities of polyphonic textures on a monophonic instrument, and the melodic potential of the harmonic series.

The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors is a suite of generative audio visual work that explores visual perception, artificial intelligence, and the boundary between composer and algorithm. The Great Outdoors runs in the web browser, and can be viewed www.andrewbernste.in/thegreatoutdoors .

  • The Great Outdoors

    The Great Outdoors
    Cover of the Great Outdoors companion CD
  • Study I

    Study I
    Screenshot of generative animation for "Study I" of "The Great Outdoors." Listen to the piece live at http://andrewbernste.in/thegreatoutdoors/study-one
  • Study III

    Study III
    Screenshot of generative animation for "Study III" of "The Great Outdoors." Listen to the piece live at http://andrewbernste.in/thegreatoutdoors/study-three
  • Study IV

    Study IV
    Screenshot of generative animation for "Study IV" of "The Great Outdoors." Listen to the piece live at http://andrewbernste.in/thegreatoutdoors/study-four

Horse Lords

Since 2010, one of my primary and most active collaborations has been with the Max Eilbacher, Owen Gardner, and Sam Haberman in the quartet Horse Lords. We have composed, recorded, and released three seven albums, been commissioned by galleries, publications, and conservatories, toured internationally, and performed hundreds of concerts.

Horse Lords' music is collectively composed and I play an active role in the generation and development of musical ideas. In live performance, I play primarily alto saophone and auxiliary percussion, alternting counterpoint with Owen Gardner's electic guitar and Sam Haberman's drumset.

  • Horse Lords: DIRECT CURRENT - Millennium Stage (March 14, 2018)

    Horse Lords performing at the Kennedy Center "Direct Current" festival.
  • "Stay On It" feat. Abdu Ali

    "Stay On It" by composer Julius Eastman, performed by Horse Lords with Abdu Ali. From the Horse Lords album Mixtape IV.
  • Toward the Omega Point

    "Toward the Omega Point" from the 2016 Horse Lords album Interventions.
  • Outer East

    "Outer East" from the 2014 Horse Lords album "Hidden Cities."
  • Mixtape Vol. 2 Side A

    Mixtape Vol. 2 was released February 2013. Horse Lords' Mixtape series is a creative exercise. Thirty minutes of music is assembled based on threads of ideas, often not fully formed or explored. The material is equal parts full band compositions, field recordings, and electronic experiments. Rather than focusing to much on the final outcome, the Mixtapes explore the collaborative creative process of the band, and often lead produce very compelling results.
  • Mixtape Vol. 2

    Cassette artwork for Mixtape Vol. 2, by Owen Gardner.
  • Wildcat Strike

    From Horse Lords' self titled debut album. Released on Ehse Records September 2012.
  • Horse Lords

    Album artwork for Horse Lords by Hermione Only.
  • Mixtape Vol. 1 Side B

    Mixtape Vol. 1 was released May 2012. Horse Lords' Mixtape series is a creative exercise. Thirty minutes of music is assembled based on threads of ideas, often not fully formed or explored. The material is equal parts full band compositions, field recordings, and electronic experiments. Rather than focusing to much on the final outcome, the Mixtapes explore the collaborative creative process of the band, and often lead produce very compelling results.
  • Mixtape Vol. 1

    Cassette artwork for Mixtape Vol. 1, by Owen Gardner.

Free Improvisation

Since 2007, I have actively engaged in a practice of free improvisation, performing spontaneuos music with countless musicians, movement, and visual artists. In 2010, I became a member of the High Zero Collective, the organizing body of the High Zero Festival of Exprimental Imropvised Music. This practice has pushed my playing, particularly on the alto saxophone, to new heights, and challenged me to develop a personal vocabulary on my instrument.

Included here is a recording of a group improvisation from the 2011 High Zero Festival in which I am joined by Oluyemi Thomas (reeds), Nathan Ellman-Bell (percussion), John Berndt (saxophones, electronics), Shana Palmer (electronics), David Watson (bagpipes, guitar) and Rose Burt (reeds).

I have also included a video of a performance from the 2015 High Zero Festival which includes Michael Zerang (percussion), Caroline Marcantoni (movement), Jamal Moore (reeds), and Heejin Jang (electronics).

Intermedia Installation

Since 2013 I have created several pieces of intermedia installation art, inclduing interactive sound and video work, kinetic sculpture, and generative light and shadow paintings.

  • Water Wall - Interactive Installation by Andrew Bernstein and Greg St. Pierre

    Water Wall (2016) uses interactive sound and animation to explore wonder and play. Sounds and animations are projected onto a water screen placed in a body of water. From the shore, audience members take turns moving in front of an infrared camera that allows them to interact with the animations and generate sounds.
  • Forced Air - Sound Installation by Andrew Bernstein

    Forced Air (2015) in a kinetic sound sculpture that explores themes of stasis, repetition, and imperfection. A 5x5 grid of wooden boxes are hung from the ceiling. Within each box is a fan connected to an organ reed. Custom software dynamically activates each fan, driving the reed to create a atonal drone, gently swaying each box, and disturbing the perfect grid.

Music for Dance, Theatre, and Film

Since 2008 I have composed several pieces for dance, theatre and film. This work has included collaboration with choreographers Mathew Heggem, Linda Garofalo, Claire Cote, and Lily Susskind, The Annex Theatre company, and filmmaker Mary Helena Clark. These were fruitful collaborations which pushed my work in new directions, and provided outlets for new creative ideas.

  • Pluto Dances

    Music composed for Pluto Dances, by Lily Susskind and the Effervescent Collective.
  • The Insane Root

    Adapted from music and sound design composed for the Annex Theatre's production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth."
  • For Claire

    Piece composed for choreography by Claire Cote
  • Delphi Falls (2017): 5 minute excerpt

    I composed music for Mary Helena Clark's 2017 film "Delphi Falls."

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