The
CalArts Alumni Magazine

Braden Diotte (Music MFA 14)

Braden Diotte (Music MFA 14) says, “I’m happy to report that my 2013 work General Manifest has been recorded and was released as an album on Dec. 31, 2019. The inspiration behind General Manifest came two-fold. Aesthetically, I wanted to create a piece to pay tribute to the fleeting music that I’ve witnessed emanating from the underbelly of thousands of tons of rolling stock over a 20-year span in which I was riding freight trains throughout the American West. At the same time, I also wanted to create a piece based upon the broader notion of birthright freedoms. Where these concepts intersect, a philosophy exists that’s as personal as it is political, as anarchistic as it is patriotic, and as natural as it is spiritual. Stream or download General Manifest at eastimperialnoise.com.”