Ink and pen on paper, 8.5" x 11”.
One of the most in-demand sound designers today, Grey is best known for his work with the Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, and John Adams. Mark Grey first met Joan Jeanrenaud, for whom he wrote this piece, when they worked with the Kronos Quartet in the late 1990s. Grey's compositions combine a solo acoustic instrument with live electronic effects and Sands of Time is an example of this genre. It was composed for one live cello, three pre-recorded celli and live digital signal processing. The work is a granular synthesis journey, as celli push their way through giant pulsing filters.
Listen to Grey's piece Sands of Time performed by Joan Jeanrenaud (cello) and Mark Grey (electronics) at the 10th Other Minds Festival in 2004.