Tag: Lawrence Kansas

Color Fields (2014)

Each of these three compositions feature a single acoustic piano loop digitally manipulated three different ways, which develop gradually over the course of each track’s 12-minute duration.

The way the loops interact with each other made me think of vast areas of layered, transparent colors. While each track conjures specific colors and compositions in my mind, I left them ambiguously titled so as to provide a blank canvas for each listener to paint on.

Released January 5, 2014. All music composed, performed, and recorded by Christian Williams in Lawrence, KS.  

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Commutication (2013)

This 20-minute experimental composition consists of five layered field recordings from my morning commute to work. The start and stop time of each recording was marked by when I entered and exited the Kansas Turnpike. Each recording features a combination of road noise and whatever else I was listening to that day:

– Day 1: String Quartet No. 2 – Morton Feldman
– Day 2: String Quartet (1950) – John Cage
– Day 3: Diamond Daze – Pantha du Prince
– Day 4: Rain and windshield wipers
– Day 5: “Morning Edition” (12/9/13) – National Public Radio

Released December 29, 2013. Composed and recorded by Christian Williams in Lawrence, KS. 

Bleed / Burn / Boast (2013)


Acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 inches

This piece was created specifically for an exhibit at the Watkins Museum of History in Lawrence, Kansas, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid. Nearly 200 men and boys were murdered in the Civil War-era massacre, and a significant portion of the town was burned to the ground, but the survivors were defiant and the town quickly rose from the ashes stronger than ever. Through this piece, I tried to illustrate the violence of the event, the pride of those who live in the city today, and the necessity for us to work against the tide of time to ensure the sacrifice is remembered. The following is the artist statement that accompanied the piece: 

Ask me where I live and I will proudly proclaim, “Lawrence, Kansas!” It’s a unique pride that I haven’t felt in any of the other places I’ve lived, yet I recognize this pride isn’t unique to me. No matter whether we’ve lived here our entire lives, recently relocated from somewhere else, or only spent four years on the Hill, our shared experience of living in Lawrence involves drawing pride from common wells: a love for Jayhawks basketball, an appreciation for expression and tolerance, and a dedication to social responsibility, just to name a few.

But while it’s easy to identify the fuel for our pride, time has a way of obscuring the source of it, which took root 150 years ago in the aftermath of our city’s most tragic event. Amidst the smoldering buildings torched by Quantrill and the fresh graves of nearly 200 fathers, brothers, and sons were planted the seeds of hope for a better future. The defiance of the survivors to rebuild and their determination not just to survive, but to live, has led to everything we love about Lawrence today. We owe it to them to be proud of what this special city has become and to never forget the sacrifice that defined it. 

Saints (2013)

Saints (2013)

Oil Pastel, charcoal on watercolor paper
24 x 18 inches

The fourth of four pieces that were created quickly within a span of a week in the summer of 2013 for a series I titled “Church of the Zero-Point Field.”

Expanding my experimentation with surrealist automatism, which I used to create my Water Works series, I started each piece by making random charcoal lines and unconsciously connecting them until enclosed areas and shapes emerged for me to color in. While they were completely unplanned, I realized when I finished that each piece represented to me an aspect of something I’m fascinated by: Einstein’s concept of the zero-point field, and the metaphysical interpretation that this quantum energy field is what connects everyone and everything in the universe, past, present, and future.