Carl Testa Music

photo by Rob Miller

Solo Bass and Electronics

My music for solo bass and electronics incorporates live sampling and granular synthesis to create a dynamic, interactive environment for textural and melodic solo excursions on the string bass.


photo by Kelly Jensen

Live Processing Duos

Since 2006, I've been developing various computer and hardware-based instruments to electronically process acoustic instruments. This includes live sampling and granular synthesis as well as tap delay-based processing. Some musicians I've worked with include, guitarists Christopher Riggs, Joe Morris, Brandon Seabrook, vocalist Anne Rhodes, trumpeter Louis Guarino Jr., and cellist Nathan Bontrager, among others.



Since 2010, I've worked extensively with computer-controlled lighting equipment to create dynamic visual accompaniments to music, dance, theater, and performance. The piece Waver, performed by Rachel Bernsen, incorporates algorithmic computer music and computer-controlled lighting to create a dynamic lighting environment in which Bernsen executes a structured improvisation through a gamut of movement strategies that are tightly connected to the musical content.



My ensemble music ranges from works for trio (clarinet, bass, percussion) to works for medium-sized ensembles with electronics.