Down river to the rhythm of rowers is a controlled improvisation for electric guitar and electronics (Max/MSP). The work demonstrates the unusual aural phenomenon of a sound's anonymity when the attack is removed. Throughout the work, the volume of the guitar fades in shortly after the string is plucked. The sounds pile up through a series of delays with a very high feedback. There is no processing in the piece; everything you hear is produced live with the guitar.
John Mayrose's compositions have been performed throughout the world and at festivals including the CBDNA conference, Boston Early Music Festival, HIP Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival by, among others, Michael Mizrahi, Duo 46, Jillon Stoppels Dupree, the New Trombone Collective, Fireworks Ensemble, Pulsoptional, and several university wind and percussion ensembles. Mayrose has received prizes from the Percussive Arts Society, the ASCAP Morton Gould Award, and the Aliénor Harpsichord Competition. His music is recorded on New Amsterdam, Fugufish, and Classic Concert labels. An active performer on guitar, electric bass, and guitar and electronics, he is a founding member of Pulsoptional, a new music ensemble and composers collective based in Durham, North Carolina. Recordings by Pulsoptional are on Innova and Fugu Fish labels. Mayrose holds degrees from Duke University (Ph.D. Music Composition) and the University of South Carolina (B.M. Guitar Performance). John Mayrose is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.