Sublimity is Edward's most complex live project to date. It is a combination of an audio track, built from samples of the performers heard in this recording, and live improvisations that are guided by a modular score. The performers run all of their sounds through live audio effects in order to create a unified sonic landscape. The impetus for this piece was to create a space that captures the awe-inspiring sublimity of the ocean and use it as a metaphor for how humans understand God.
Performer Biographical Sketch
Joshua Edward Altrock (All*trock) is a composer, writer, missionary, worship leader and student at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. His work lives at the intersection of theology, fine art and international culture. He merges the three in a search for the divine. He spends his days writing music, traveling the world and talking with people about spiritual formation. Altrock releases music under the name Joshua Edward and uses each of his pieces to explore sonic pathways to transcendence. At times ethereal and other times coarse, his music seeks new sounds to communicate universal truths about life, God and the way humans relate to themselves and to one another.
Edward's latest project is Trouble is in the Land which is an electronic exploration of America's current political climate and the ways it has affected racial relations. It was released on July 28th, 2017.
Altrock also writes about theology, music and his life on his blog found on this website. He uses it as a place for his thoughts to live and encounter others.
Altrock grew up in Fort Worth, Texas where he was a drum major and a french horn player for many years. He now spends Fall and Spring at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he is working on a double major in Religion and Music with an emphasis in Composition. In the summer, he is usually somewhere far away from America (Malaysia, Germany and Brazil have been his latest adventures) doing mission work, hearing new sounds and trying to share the joy that has been shared with him.