Aural Hygiene

Program Notes
The title is a play on words that stems from the way the sound was produced: A friend and I placed an electric toothbrush on the strings of an electric guitar, hoping to create a drone from the vibrations of the toothbrush. However, the pickups of the guitar not only captured the vibrating strings but also the gears inside the toothbrush. The machine-like timbres and mysterious harmonies were generated during an improvisation with the toothbrush-guitar, and minimally processed in post to enhance those uniquely beautiful sounds.

Biographical Sketch
James Keith Fabry (b.1990) is an American composer, arranger, and audio engineer whose music blends cunning intellect with an emotive sensibility that appeals to the casual listener.

James’s musical output includes chamber and large ensemble works, and he is particularly interested in interactive electronic and electroacoustic works. His very first classical composition, Symphony Kranjac for symphonic band, received second place honors in the Wisconsin Scholastic Music Association (WSMA) composition competition, high school division. James was selected by his teachers to be the exclusive candidate for the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra student composition reading in May 2012.

James studied composition and electronic music with Asha Srinivasan and Joanne Metcalf at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory/Composition. While at Lawrence, James also studied improvisation with John Mayrose and Matt Turner, and trumpet with John Daniel. After suffering a performance injury, James turned to the computer as his primary instrument, and has since concentrated on developing his electroacoustic compositional voice.

James is also the lead vocalist and bassist in the Madison, WI-based progressive rock band The Mood Manual. The band performs frequently in the Midwest, and their first CD, Trial, was released in July 2011.

James’s other interests include Alexander Technique, acting, meditation, and Reiki, a Japanese spiritual energy technique. James studied AT with Kathy Privatt, acting with Kathy Privatt and Jackie Troy, and received his Level II Reiki practitioner certification while studying with Deb Karpek.