About Jewel: Experimental electronic music and sound design

Although educated in classical music, I spent most of my life in psychology, first as a counselor for the seriously mentally ill and then teaching brain anatomy and neurology.  I am surrounded by the Wind River Indian Reservation, and am retired, old and arthritic.  However my consuming passions in life remain roaming the wilderness areas with my pack goats and composing music from natural sounds.  

 All my pieces are made from sounds that are around me that I’ve recorded--coyotes, birds, donkeys, irrigation pipes. I try to explore the many different ways that a sound can be heard through various effects and sampling tools.  I’m beginning to find that once I do that, I tend to return to the original animal (or bird or object) with a completely new understanding of its existence.  I’m discovering that in making music I better appreciate the world in which I live.

"Featured Music" is on the front page.  For a full list, click on "Music" at the top.  Feel free to download any of it.  ("Steal This Book" said Abbie....)

jewel@jeweldirks.com 

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