Stop. Rewind. Play. is a collage of sound and video consisting of three primary gestures as suggested by the title: 1) Stop = a sudden frozen or black image with silence or static sound, 2) Rewind = a fast whirlwind of activity, and 3) Play = a calm and moderate feel. All of the video source material was shot in collaboration with Samuel Wells and consists solely of images of trumpets. The audio sounds are primarily recordings of Sam Wells performing extended techniques such as double buzzing, multiphonics, tapping on the bell, and blowing through parts of the tubing. This work was commissioned by a consortium of trumpeters led by Samuel Wells in 2013.
The music of composer Benjamin Taylor (b. 1983) has been performed at major music festivals in the United States and abroad including the SEAMUS National Conference, SCI National Conference, Noisefloor Festival (UK), Electronic Music Midwest, and international jazz festivals in Edinburgh, Wigan, Marlborough and Birmingham. Having recently been selected as a participant in the 2012 ACO Underwood Reading Session, Mr. Taylor's prizes and honors include a 2011 Barlow Endowment Commission, and a 2011 BMI Student Composers Award. He has studied electronic music with Jeffrey Hass, Steven Ricks, and Elainie Lillios. He currently is completing his doctoral degree at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he resides his wife and three children.