math art project - 2020

spectrogram cities

a project for Bob Bosch's Math Art class at Oberlin, can be found here!

spectrogram cities

fixed media - March 2020

jeffy b

a song about jeffy b

bagpipe and electronics - 2019

Lament

A collaboration with Zeb Page, bagpiper and professor of Geology, this duet for bagpipes and live electronics was written for the Kaliedosonic festival. Using the ambisonics plugin for Max, high resonant frequencies of the bagpipe piece were projected in varying orbits around Finney Chapel’s 20-speaker array. When listening to bagpipes for an extended period of time, these frequencies start to ring in one’s ears of their own accord. This piece materializes and quickens that process, bolstering these frequencies and adding an element of immersive motion, a barely detectable sonic illusion.

permanent audio installation - 2019

For the Birds

Senior TIMARA Recital - can be found at this website

Eerie_Songscape_Photo_1

chamber quartet - 2019

Wind Over Water

A quartet written for and premiered during the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy. This piece is based on excerpts from Arthur S. Eddington’s 1927 lectures on “The Nature of the Physical World”.

vocal chamber piece - 2019

Hilma af Klint Suite - for Sourgum

A suite of vocal movements for 6 singers inspired by Hilma af Klint’s Paintings for the Temple. Paintings are shown in a slideshow as the piece progresses, as each painting has a corresponding section in the piece. Singers: Maxwell Addae, Neal Baker, Helen Hé, Piper Hill, Will FK Tokunaga, Kari Watson.

VR Installation - 2019

Sonaforms - Beta

The early stages of a collaborative VR project between Jas Brooks and Piper Hill. Exhibition at "Synchresis, an Audio Visual Evening" for Aurie Hsu’s class “Sonic Images, Visual Sounds”.

stereo fixed media - 2019

Tiny Public Revelation

a musing on desire and vulnerability written down in a very small book during a brief moment of coherence in the sun

cello and interactive video - 2019

Avalanche

"One grain by itself is a solid, but many grains together can behave like a solid, a liquid or even a gas... You can control the disk's rotations, accelerating and decelerating to see how granular matter can defy expectations of how solid matter behaves." - Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
https://www.msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/exhibits/science-storms/the-exhibit/avalanche/avalanche-disk/

(video coming soon)

fixed media video - 2019

Getaway

Junior TIMARA Recital - 2019

One Big Water Song

A fantasia for voice and 8-channel live electronics, 19 February 2019 Fairchild Chapel - Oberlin, OH

Music, text, concept, performance, engineering - Piper Hill

"How Can I Keep from Singing" tune and textual inspiration Robert Wadsworth Lowry

Cameraman - Calder Laban, Live Recording Engineer - Lam Chi Minh, Lighting Operator - Ben Saltz, Board Operator - Claire O'Brocta, Photography and Poster Design - Noah Hellman, Setup Help - Cait Boblitt, Claire O'Brocta, Sebastian Sanchez-Piotrowski, Video Editing - Piper Hill

Singers: Max Addae, Oli Bently, Marly Gonzalez, Helen Hé, Claudia Hinsdale, Andrew MacPhail, Kat Mazur, Allie Murillo, Philip Swigon, Sam White, Barnaby Woods

collaborative multimedia event - 2018

Some Things Cosmic are These

Cast and Creators:

Eleda Fernald, Marly Gonzalez, Julian Guerrieri, Piper Hill, Claudia Hinsdale, Georgie Johnson, Julian Kaufman, Silas Crewe-Kluge, Analise LaRiviere, Katarina Mazur, Teddy Ment, Kieran Minor, Rosemary Shin

(media coming soon)

vocal chamber piece - 2018

Early Memories

Music - Piper Hill

Text: Maxwell Addae, Neal Baker, Helen Hé, Piper Hill, Will FK Tokunaga, Kari Watson

multichannel fixed media - 2018

Big House, Sad Song

Composed, performed, and recorded by Piper Hill

Stereo mix, original piece is for 8-channels

dance collaboration - 2018

Dear, Dear

Inspired by the correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West

Choreography and Text: Silas Crewe-Kluge, Eleda Fernald

Music: Piper Hill

short film collaboration - 2018

Pier 34

Co-Directed by Musa Matiwane, Calder Laban
Created by Jack Miller
Music by Piper Hill
Actor - Jack Miller
Director of Photography and Editor - Calder Laban
Boom Operator - Musa Matiwane

fixed media video - 2018

2 Dimensional Friends

These are some friends I've made, and will hopefully get to know better.

(Concept art for an upcoming VR project with Jas Brooks)

collaborative installation - 2018

Follow the String

In this creepy collaborative installation, participants were asked to follow a strand of white yarn that wound in a maze through the depths of Warner Gymnasium at Oberlin. Beginning with an overhead view of a haunting silks piece, they were then told by distorted voices to follow the string down 4 flights of winding stairs, where untold horrors awaited them. Upon resurfacing from the basement, the string led the group to a room, empty except for one person knitting - with the string they'd been following the whole time.

Opening Silks Audio

Basement Textural Audio

Visual Stills from the Performance

Concept and performance: Georgie Johnson, Gabrielle "Teddy" Ment, Piper Hill, and Julian Guerrieri. Choreography: Johnson and Ment. Sound: Hill. Text from “The White Album” by Joan Didion read aloud by Guerrieri

Scoring for Theater - large work - 2018

Romeo and Juliet

As the Composer/Sound Designer for the 2018 Oberlin Summer Theater Festival, Piper composed, performed, recorded, and produced an original score for the company's production of Romeo and Juliet. Audio no longer available :/

Live Electronics - collaborative performance - 2018

Taiko, TIMARA, Tokyo

After receiving grants from XARTS, the Taymor Fund, and Shansi (grants available through Oberlin College and Conservatory), Piper and his collaborator Will FK Tokunaga traveled to Tokyo, where they studied with the Amanojaku taiko ensemble. They composed a piece for 1 real chu and 1 virtual chu with live effects that Piper created using Max and controlled using Wii-remotes.

Reach out if you'd like to see the patch!

(Note: audio in video did not pick up virtual drum sounds very loudly)

short fixed media track - 2017

Plexus in B Flat

Dissection of various operations on a 5-note chord. Accompaniment. Intrigue. 4 types of microphones. MIDI instruments. Hardware synths. What could go wrong?

short fixed media track - 2017

This is How I Comb my Hair

Layers of prepared guitar, no processing.

short fixed media track - 2017

crck

crck is a walk through crcks of all kinds. Fast crcks, slow crcks, high crcks, low crcks, slidey crcks, tickly crcks, slippery crcks, and prickly crcks. Some of the crcks are made with electricity plugging in and twisting knobs like Star Wars. Some of the crcks are from the legs of little guys. Some are from this little guy waving those hands around. One biggest and very prickly but also smooth crck is a bathroom door all combed out. Please enjoy my favorite crcks on campus all making friends with each other.

Simulathon from Jas on Vimeo.

short film - co-composer/vocal director - 2016

Simulathon

A quirky little movie by Fire Escape Films at the University of Chicago. Piper wrote half of the music that you hear, and provided vocal coaching to the actors (he did not sound design).

His pieces can be found at: 0:08-2:37, 3:58-4:44, 5:21-6:25, 8:58-10:05, 10:05-11:30, 13:14-15:35 (Note that this last one is merely an a shortened a cappella arrangement of Gabriel Faure's Pavane, Op. 50, which Piper did not compose, but he did the arranging, vocal coaching, recording, editing, and mixing for this piece).

a cappella original - 2016

Waves

A Voices in Your Head original song. From LIGHTS (2016), their sixth studio album.

Music, Lyrics & Arrangement: Piper Hill
Solo: Piper Hill
Recording and editing: Bri Holland
Mixing: Bill Hare
Mastering: Dave Sperandio

4.7/5 from RARB