The Electro-Acoustic Music of Jeff Albert

This is the home of Jeff Albert's electro-acoustic projects. There is mp3 audio. If you would like to inquire about full resolution files for performance, please email Jeff. When appropriate code will be shared as well.

As of August 28, 2011, this page will no longer be updated or maintained. All of this content has been moved to, and any new content will be posted to, http://research.jeffalbert.com


Jeff Albert is a musician, trombonist, improviser, music technologist, and composer. He was named a Rising Star Trombonist in the 2011 Downbeat Critics Poll, and performs regularly in the New Orleans area, and throughout the US and Europe. In addition to leading the Jeff Albert Quartet, Jeff is a member of Hamid Drake's Bindu-Reggaeology band, and co-led the Lucky 7s with fellow trombonist Jeb Bishop. Jeff has performed with many great improvisers, including Georg Graewe, Tobias Delius, Dave Rempis, Jeff Parker, and many others. He has been a member of the bands of New Orleans greats George Porter and Wardell Querzergue, backed artists like Stevie Wonder and Bonnie Raitt, and performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New Orleans Opera.

Jeff is an Instructor of Music Technology at Loyola University New Orleans, and a PhD Candidate in Experimental Music and Digital Media at Louisiana State University, where his teachers include Stephen David Beck and Jesse Allison. He also has degrees in Jazz Studies from Loyola University New Orleans and the University of New Orleans. Jeff's research interests include improvisation, and its intersection with technology, as well as performance paradigms for live computer music. His dissertation research involves computer improvising agents, and machine listening.

Jeff is the founder and curator of the Open Ears Music Series, and writes the blog Scratch My Brain.


i have nothing to say

i have nothing to say (mp3)

"i have nothing to say" was composed in the spring of 2010. The original source sounds for the piece are recordings of my children speaking. The title comes from one of the recordings, which is my daughter saying, "I have nothing to say." The original three pieces of audio were granulated in Csound, and the melodies created in Csound were further manipulated in Sound Hack, Audacity and Logic. The piece was assembled in Logic.

Click here to download a zip file that contains the Csound files and the three audio files used to create this piece. All of the Csound files didn't survive, but the .orc files are here.


Shell Game

Shell game (mp3)

I composed "Shell Game" in the fall of 2009. All of the sounds used in "Shell Game" are presentations or manipulations of recordings of me playing a conch shell. This piece was assembled in Logic. Some of the events were created with Cecilia or Spear.


Napkin Shreds

Napkin Shreds (mp3)

I composed "Napkin Shreds" in the spring of 2009. It combines synthesized sounds and samples from the Jeff Albert Quartet recording of "(It Could Have Been a) Napkin." This piece was done entirely in Logic.


Jimbo and Ella Go For a Walk

Jimbo and Ella Go For a Walk (mp3)

"Jimbo and Ella Go For a Walk" was composed in the spring of 2009 as a class assignment. It was written in ChucK. Jimbo is Dr. James P. Walsh, a composer friend from whom I stole one of the ideas used in the piece, and Ella is my family's miniature daschund whose collar jingle is heard in the piece.

Click here to download a zip file that contains all of the ChucK files and the one audio file used to create this piece. There is some randomization in the ChucK files, so each realization from the ChucK code will be slightly different. Place all of the files in the active directory and run "play.ck".