Aashray Harishankar

is a composer, producer, and keyboardist from Irvine, CA. He has musical foundations in Carnatic keyboard, jazz piano, composition, and audio engineering. He earned his B.A. in Music Technology from Stevens Institute in Hoboken, NJ and is currently pursuing his MFA as a Performer-Composer at CalArts.

Flight

"Flight" is a 2019 concept album mirroring the timeline of human life, from birth until death and beyond. Each song, lyrically and sonically, represents a different time period, but all are reflections of life as a whole. Beginning with "Liftoff/Zephyr", we rise into a period of birth and infancy, of wonder and innocence, carrying into the youthful bounce of "The Sweetest Thing" and onto the teenage angst of "Break the Chain". "Never Had Much Faith" introduces the first feelings of love as a young adult, building to the hardened ambition of "Pilot". In "Gemini" we hit mid-life, a period split between youth and old age. As we reach old age, "After Dark" and "Oceans" bring in feelings of isolation, nostalgia, and loss of purpose, but a love of life is reborn in "Another Dawn" and leads to enlightenment at the end of life as we pass to "The Other Side", escaping the atmosphere and into the unknown.

Kiera Dillon, Michael Cozine, Matt Renzo, Julian Hernandez, Eddie Wilkins Jr., Andrew Chrepta, Andrew Alvarez, Tristan Demetri, Sumika Inoue, Carlos Schmitt Dissenha, Justin Tanksley, Erik Rabasca, Alex Kaufman, Kavi Srinivasaragavan, Justin Kilpatrick


Max Jaffe

“The S.O.F.T. (Sonification Of Flowing Temporality) Glass is an hourglass that makes and manipulates sound. In its final form, it will be a sculptural object that can double as a musical instrument, based on the simple and enduring timekeeping device dating back at least to the 16th century BC. Utilizing a variety of sensor types, […]

John Tejada

John Tejada, a frequent guest on Touched Music compilations, hatched the idea of turning the final project for his CalArts “Advanced Electronic Music Production” class into a compilation album for the established label. John Tejada Presents Future Stars features 15 of Tejada’s students at their best, as well as an exclusive original track by Tejada […]

Carla Lopez

Water as a cleansing, invigorating, distortional, and transitional space. Motel pools as portals. Coloring and Layout Assistance – Lula Ochoa and Emily Malone My Swimmers – Lula Ochoa, Audrey Bandrowski, James Holsten, and Arius Ziaee Additional Camera Work – Savannah Perry Music by 11ai – www.ilai.link Thank you to the Calarts Risograph Printing Techs, especially […]

Mengqing Yuan

“My B-body” is a project I created during home quarantine. It is based on a poem I wrote about the relationship between my physical body and my consciousness. The text of the poem reads: My B-body My body doesn’t belong to me It wants to be free It wants to come apart It wants me […]

Vanessa Kwan

Ernestine and Delilah navigate their love in an apocalyptic world. Collaborators: Claire Brnjac https://vanessakwan.art/

Eyvind Kang

A class album and some videos Nina Flagg, Medusa

Colin Yeo

I Am the Sun is a virtual walk through play about a bear’s journey to self fulfillment. www.yeoart.com