Chaz Underriner


Instructions for a Home Invasion

Instructions for a Home Invasion is an installation for text, video projections, speakers, and found objects created by Teresa Carmody, Madison Creech, Chaz Underriner and Terri Witek in 2018. The installation is a meditation on the space of the Booker House in response to poetic instructions—we bring objects, sound, and images from our own various houses into this temporarily shared unoccupied space, itself a portion of a much larger university-owned house. Continue reading →

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nocturne series: 8

For violin, tenor sax, electric guitar, percussion, piano and field recording. Commissioned by Gaudeamus for ensemble Kluster 5. Premiered at Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2017. Continue reading →

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Score to the Train Scene from Spirited Away

A film scoring study for the train scene from Spirited Away. Continue reading →

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EWR 1502

Chaz Underriner reinterprets Anastassis Philippakopoulos
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Program Notes

A collaboration with poet Joe Milazzo featuring readers Mary Mixter and Adriana Valls. Also, a score for fixed media and two or more performers written for Madeleine Shapiro. Continue reading →

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Backroads is a 35′ film for video and 8 channel audio, an 8’40” short for video and 2 channel audio and a 3-hour installation for 3 video projectors and surround sound audio that explores the sensations of highway hypnosis Continue reading →

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Sound Art Self-Portraits camp

In July 2013 I taught a workshop/summer-camp at Oil and Cotton in Oak Cliff, Dallas. The mom blog at D magazine called it “the Coolest Summer Camp Ever” and it was a great experience teaching sound art to 10-18 year old students. This is the blurb for the class:

The five-day camp designed for students ages 10-18 provides an in-depth exploration of making art using the sounds around us and household tools.

Students will learn to use free or inexpensive tools to explore themselves and the world around them using the perspective of sound, and they’ll make a self-portrait by recording and combining the sounds of their daily lives.

Campers will also discover how to make music using text scores, graphic scores, free improvisation and how to make their own instruments by learning about the history of sound art and electronic music.

By the end of the camp, students will bring home a CD of their sonic self-portrait.

I’m very pleased about the student’s self-portraits from the class as well as our collaboration projects. You can listen to my self-portrait example and the class pieces below:

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soundwalk to the LA river

A headphone piece to be listened to while walking to the Los Angeles river from Atwater Village. Featured on the Dog Star Orchestra concert series, Volume 8 (August 29 to September 9, 2012) as a part of the “At the Water, In the Village” concert curated by Colin Wambsgans. Continue reading →

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Never Odd or Even

Choreographed by Anne C. Moore and in collaboration with composer Chaz Underriner, lighting designer Dan Norman and video designer Damien Nemire-Pepe

gnomes will get you

A collection of improvisations using ‘junk violin and computer’ inspired by dreams of gnomes moving when they are not supposed to.