Willful Devices is a collaboration between composer/computer musician Scott Miller and performer/improviser Pat O’Keefe. The duo’s name refers to the fact that both musicians are manipulating devices, be it a clarinet or a computer, in order to generate sonic material. Anyone who works with computers or musical instruments knows that despite your best efforts, these devices are never fully under your control, and seem to have a mind of their own. Scott and Pat accept this fact, and even celebrate it, because within this unpredictability lies the potential for unimagined sonic discoveries.

Willful Devices is a collaborative endeavor in the truest sense of the word. Much of the development of their music takes place during that unique time we all know as play. The results are vital, dynamic, and sincere, a product of the connection between Scott and Pat and their unique musical identities.

Scott and Pat’s musical relationship began in 2003 when Scott was commissioned by the new music ensemble Zeitgeist (of which Pat is a member) to create an evening-length work, Shape Shifting. One of the pieces developed for that program was Mirror Inside, for solo bass clarinet with digital processing. In the midst of that collaboration their personal and artistic sensibilities clicked, and they began the journey that would lead to what is today Willful Devices. 

‘This is high adventure avant garde music of the best sort.’
    - Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Reviewhttp://classicalmodernmusic.blogspot.com/2012/07/scott-miller-pat-okeefe-willful-devices.htmlshapeimage_4_link_0