COMPOSING IS THE WAY I explore the imagination, my way to invent and share delicate aural spaces.
I am particularly attracted to sounds that shift and bend at the edges of perception. I create unhurried music, using slow-moving shapes and a free sense of time. My works often explore repetition with subtle variations in gestural pace, instrumental character, and tuning. I hope to craft personal, intimate music that invites listeners to focus on momentary details while a larger structure unfolds in ways that they may not quite grasp. I employ electronics extensively in my work, as technology allows me to alter instrumental timbres and shift tunings by tiny amounts - changes that listeners may not actively perceive but which can foster a sense of uncertainty and wonderment.
I am currently an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, where I am the coordinator of the Media Arts and Game Development Program and teach courses in audio, multimedia, music technology, and composition. I completed my Ph.D. at the University at Buffalo (principal studies with composer Cort Lippe), having previously received degrees from Florida International University and Middlebury College.
Please reference my works list for more details about my music, including links to work samples. Find me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/jeffherriott to see what I'm up to or connect with me.