Charlie Wilmoth composes jagged textures, jarring juxtapositions, and repeated figures that sound strange and yet uncannily familiar. The repetition in his music comes in part from American Minimalism, but it is not particularly consonant and is not intended to be soothing. The post-Minimalist John Adams wrote A Short Ride in a Fast Machine; Wilmoth's music can be machine-like, but it's not a sleek, purring "fast machine." Instead, it's a broken-down hatchback with a sputtering engine, or a toy robot that's fallen after running into a wall.
Wilmoth has recently composed for Bearthoven, Patchwork and Alarm Will Sound. His latest notated works have combined classical music and rock, a genre with which he has a long history as the singer and guitarist of the indie band Fox Japan.
Wilmoth recently moved to Los Angeles from Columbus, Ohio, USA, where he taught composition, theory and contemporary music at Otterbein University. His most recent project is Popgrammar, an online course for songwriters hoping to learn music theory.
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