The 2016 release Conscious Din is a prelude to REACH, a comic book and concept album about music, madness, people, and technology. The science-fiction story follows musicians struggling in life as they question and confront their technologically-centered society.
Clarence Leone is the CEO and co-founder of Caffsys Inc., one of the leading personal computer hardware/software manufacturers on the planet. Early innovations developed by Clarence in consumer technology helped redefine universal user interface practices in the modern age. Mr. Leone and his company drove the high-tech market to it’s current state, where they continue to disrupt the technological landscape, and innovate with new products and concepts. Clarence has been a featured guest at numerous World Technology Awards summits, TED Talks, and All Things Digital’s D10 Conference. His work is recognized by awards organizations such as INT’L, A’, CLIO, LIA, and the Music Producer’s Guild.
This piece of electronic music was commissioned by No Exit New Music Ensemble, one of Cleveland’s only contemporary art-music groups. The work premiered as part of the ensemble’s Spring 2015 public concert series at Heights Arts, SPACES Gallery, and Cleveland State University.
The work consists of a monologue, setting, and story conceived and written by the composer. The recording features Ray Caspio, acclaimed Cleveland-based actor, portraying technology mogul Clarence Leone. The character of Leone inhabits a fictional universe in which a recorded sound artifact is discovered and manipulated by the other character in the piece, an unnamed musician, resulting in a bizarrely fantastical soundscape. All sound sources come from voice recordings, electronic guitar, and computer-generated synthesizers.
“A Concise Autobiography of Clarence Leone” is a prelude to a larger multi-faceted work that intertwines music and narrative through graphic novels, recorded sound, film, and theatrical productions.