Who am I?
That is the quesiton: To be or not to be, an object in motion stays in motion unless acted upon by an outside force, matter is neither created nor destroyed but rather changes form, I think therefor I am, what is dead my never die.
This particular blob of subatomic particles is called Barmey (pronounced Bar-May). I am a Cambodian-American composer: a nomad of audio dimensions, an aural chameleon, a sculptor of frequencies. I write music and design sound for media.
Before I got to where I am now, I dedicated more than 15 years of my life to playing the guitar, specializing in classical guitar. On first listen to classical guitar music in 2002 (particlarly "Koyunbaba" - Carlo Domeniconi / "Libra Sonatine" - Roland Dyens), I was astonished. I just never knew guitar could sound like that, and I was hooked. I saw the potential in it and thought there was so much to say that hadn't been said yet. I studied it intensely. I traveled the world performing it. I created my own prog rock band (Kmang Kmang) centered around it. I got grants. I made music videos. I worked with artists and dancers.
But around 2014, my relationship with it grew complicated. Before, I dabbled with creating concert music for other ensembles such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Midwest Conservatory Children's Orchestra, Gaudete Brass Quintet, Bach and Beethoven Ensemble, and many more. I wanted to go back to that and expand on it. I wanted to write different styles with different instruments and create an entirely new vocabulary of sounds, with orchestras, electronics, technology, and whatever else I could wrap my head around.
From then on, I decided to dedicate myself to composing for media, and I embraced a whole new world of collaborations. That's me, always in the hunt.
So tell me who you are. Let's change the world together!