"I like a thing simple but it must be simple through complication."

Gertrude Stein What Are Masterpieces and Why Are There So Few of Them (1936)


"The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded $25,000 fellowships to three local composers. The fellowships, considered among the largest no-strings-attached awards in the country, can be used for professional development, creating new work or exploring new techniques and directions."

great news! could not be happier to be able to share this honor with Bevin and Shawn


Conceptual focus rather than material limits define the system. Thus any situation, either in or outside the context of art, may be designed and judged as a system. Inasmuch as a system may contain people, ideas, messages, atmospheric conditions, power sources, and so on, a system is a “complex of components in interaction,” comprised of material, energy, and information in various degrees of organization. In evaluating systems the artist is a perspectivist considering goals, boundaries, structure, input, output, and related activity inside and outside the system. Where the object almost always has a fixed shape and boundaries, the consistency of a system may be altered in time and space, its behavior determined both by external conditions and its mechanisms of control.

Jack Burnham Systems Aesthetics (1968)

Phoenix Press

"The ndial. It is a sleek, turntable-sized contraption covered with — you guessed it — switches, buttons, and knobs. Bussigel cues up a Sade song from his laptop then filters it through the ndial, where he chops up and rearranges snippets of drums and voice by tapping blinking buttons. It sounds like the song has gone through a blender."

Philip Eil, Digital Alchemy on Power Street (Providence Phoenix)

Transmongolia Press

"Peter Bussigel’s Transmongolia for [objects] and video consisted of the composer himself busily creating a throng of looped sounds with everything from a Rubik’s Cube to magnets on metal beside a continuous hi-res shot of neon green Mongolian countryside taken from a train. Accepting the world of sound Bussigel set about creating was not easy, but the brain both clenched at the noise and longed for it after the fact."

Elias Blumm, i care if you listen