Sunrise, Caye Caulker, 12/21/15

March 17th, 2016  |  Published in Uncategorized


  • Title: Sunrise, Caye Caulker, 12/21/15
  • Artist: William Afham
  • Download: MP3 link
  • Rights: composition and performance ©2016 Will Benton; all rights reserved

With only one exception, all of the rhythmic and melodic material in this composition is taken from a field recording of waves and gulls I made while watching the sun rise over Caye Caulker in Belize last December. I listened for interesting parts of the source material, decided on a compromise tempo so that I could work in measures, and cut the interesting sections into loops of between three and sixteen beats. I filtered each loop to extract different timbres and added spatial and ambient effects on return buses. As my arrangement took shape, I cut and rearranged the arrythmic source material in places to enable gradual transitions between breathing, natural rhythms and more mechanical, precise ones.

This composition was a response to Disquiet Junto Project 220, “make overtly rhythmic music from short loops of overtly arrhythmic source audio.” (I also made a photograph for this assignment!)


March 16th, 2016  |  Published in Uncategorized

I haven’t updated this site regularly in a long time. Most of my music these days is going direct to Vimeo (for projects), to SoundCloud (for creative assignments), or directly to the playlist my kids like to listen to at bedtime. I’m gradually filling in some older stuff that never made its way up here, though.