Study 2 (a.x.)
undergraduate work was done at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in
the College of Creative Studies from 1999-2003. Travis Ellrott’s teachers were
Joel Feigin, Jeremy Haladyna, and Leslie Hogan. In 2003, he began my masters
degree at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in the Conservatory of Music.
His teachers have been Zhou Long, James Mobberley, and Paul Rudy. “I would have
to credit Paul Rudy with encouraging me to compose electronic music, after he
noticed what a control freak I was with my acoustic music.” -- Travis Ellrott
Study 2 (a.x.)
is one of an ongoing series of microtonal studies created from viola and trumpet
samples. This particular study uses viola samples in which the performer, Erin
Wight, played each open note sul ponticello while detuning and retuning each
string with their respective tuning pegs. The intervals explored in this study
were 25 cents and 75 cents. The sound world of this piece is an homage to
Don Malone aka Lone Monad has applied
his lectromusing art in Carnegie Hall, the streets of Chicago and other venues.
He is a professor at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University
in Chicago, from which he will retire this year. To keep him off the streets of
Chicago send him a ticket to come perform/lecture.
This electromusing, RezGliss
is improvised using "aMente", software written by Don Malone in MAX/MSP.
Piotr Szewczyk, born 1977, violinist
and composer from Poland, currently a fellowship violinist at the New World
Symphony in Miami Beach. Studied violin and composition at the University of
Cincinnati. Prize winner at violin and composition competitions including: 1st
prize at the 2004 University of Cincinnati Orchestral Composition Competition,
1st Prize at the 2003 UPBEAT-Hvar Composition Competition in Hvar, Croatia, 1st
Prize at the Young Artist String Competition in Lima, Ohio. Fellowship violinist
of the 2004 Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. Extensive output includes pieces in all
genres from solo, through chamber to orchestral with soloists.
Every sound in Cosmic Insects
comes from a single violin only. Motives of various length in a variety of
violin techniques (arco, pizz, col legno, sul ponticello, bartok pizz,
scordatura, percussive effects, etc.) were recorded and manipulated on a
computer (time stretched/compressed, pitch shifting). For example, the opening
low drone was done by tuning down G string much lower, and in addition pitch
shifting the recorded low sound. When the sound clips were ready, they were
layered in Logic as a multi track composition.
John Link is a composer and founding
member of Friends & Enemies of New Music. He lives in New York City and is
Professor of Music at William Paterson University, where he directs the Center
for Electroacoustic Music.
is composed entirely of samples of Marianne Gythfeldt's clarinet playing which
were mixed and layered using a computer. Except for the manipulation of volume
level and pan position, the clarinet samples are unprocessed.
Ronald Keith Parks
Composer Ronald Keith Parks’
compositions have been featured at numerous venues including SCI conferences,
the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, SEAMUS, ICMC. His honors include the
Aaron Copland Award, the Winthrop Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, SCMTNA
Commission, two Giannini Scholarships, the Chancellor's Award at NCSA, three
Graeffe Scholarships, and the UF Presidential Recognition Award. His music is
available on the EMF label. Dr. Parks is an assistant professor of music
composition and Director of the Winthrop Computer Music Labs at Winthrop
is a ‘signature piece’ written for the 60x60 project. A pizzicato drone
establishes a foreground against which a spectrally evolving arco gesture is
explored. The sound world teeters between pitch and noise and tends toward
complex spectra containing aspects of both the original arco cello sample and
the processed sounds. Technically, the work features cello samples convolved
against bowed cymbal sounds and altered via spectral accumulation and
evaporation. non divisi was realized at the Winthrop University Computer
Rene Veron, 26, started
his musical career in his home town of Valparaiso, Chile. It was there he
received his Bachelor in Music from Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso in 2001.
During his college years, he began composing music for his band and performing
before multiples audiences. In 2002, Rene became involved in the cultural
development of Valparaiso –he directed a music education program. Moreover, he
has composed music for documentaries and short movies, as well producing and
performing. Currently. Rene is completing his M.M. in Music Technology and
Composition at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA where he is a prolific
composer engaged in traditional and electronic composition.
“I'm not... is a small
experimental piece. This was composed over my girlfriend voice samples that I
recorded, and it was manipulated and arranged using digital samplers. I tried to
explore the possibilities that the manipulation of simple speech gave me.” -
All the Sounds
Lisa Gasior has been hearing since
birth but started listening about five years ago. She received her B.A. in
Communications and Journalism with a minor in Electroacoustic Studies at
Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), and is currently pursuing her M.A. in
Media Studies at Concordia. When Lisa isn’t working on her thesis project,
Sounding Griffintown (funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada), she is a research and teacher’s assistant in advanced sound
production and works on sound for film. Lisa hopes to introduce others to the
joys of listening and find beautiful soundscapes wherever she goes.
A piece in the spirit of a
composition by electroacoustic composer Francis Dhomont entitled "L’electro." To
me, there is nothing more beautiful than the music of the earth. Many thanks to
the friends who lent their voices and the support of Concordia University.
Can You Hear Me? Burnell,
Paul Burnell is a British
composer born in 1960 Ystrad, Rhondda, United Kingdom. He is a member of COMA,
percussion quartet Brake Drum Assembly, and the Burnell-Hunt duo. Studied music
at the University of Exeter 1979-82. Works include 'Sin Song' at the 2004 Bath
International Music Festival, 'Open Wide' for Chris Brannick and 'Voices Losing
Reality' for Frances M Lynch. Some compositions are written on the moveable
tiles of plastic puzzle trays - Musical Squares. Many compositions feature on
the album 'Leaving the Party on Pluto'
Can You Hear Me?
is a plea for audibility; perhaps made by an assistant sound engineer losing
touch with reality whilst testing a microphone prior to a concert. All the
sounds on the recording are vocal sounds made by the composer.
John Biggs was born in Los Angeles in
1932. His father was organist Richard Keys Biggs, and his mother was singer
Lucienne Gourdon. He was number 8 in a family of 11 children. During his youth
he received training in acting, singing, piano, bassoon, and violin, and was a
member of his father’s church choir. As a performer, he founded the John Biggs
Consort, which specialized in vocal chamber music from the Middle Ages to the
NOTE: The composer's voice was the
sole source of sound in this composition. A click track was set down at 120 per
minute. Four basic metered bird calls were set down in a kind-of counterpoint to
each other, all at the same volume. They were a crow, a duck, a turkey, and a
chirp. Over those four tracks, four more tracks were added using improvised,
un-metered bird calls; two at one octave above vocal pitch, and two at two
octaves above. The improvised tracks were faded in to the mid point, then faded
out to the end, allowing the duck have a final "quack" alone.
No, George, No
Greg Bartholomew’s music has been
performed across the United States and in Canada, Australia and Europe. His
Suite from Razumov, for clarinet and string quartet, was recorded by the
Kiev Philharmonic for the Masterworks in the New Era CD series. Capstone
Records has released the Ars Brunensis Chorus recording of From the Odes of
Solomon on their Society of Composers CD series. The Oregon Bach Festival
Composers Symposium commissioned his String Trio for George Crumb, which
was premiered by the Third Angle New Music Ensemble and reprised by Accessible
Contemporary Music of Chicago.
No, George, No,
first occurred to me as spoken text for a music composition in early 2005, and
the words have only grown more appropriate with the passage of time. I was
inspired to use spoken text as a musical collage element by John Adams’
brilliant early work, Christian Zeal and Activity. With the voice
element as the starting point, I then created a backdrop musicscape. The vocal
parts were performed by two amazing Seattle attorneys.
Katrina Wreede has been a
professional symphony musician, a jazz violist, a member of the Turtle Island
String Quartet, a concert soloist, a belly dancer, a police fingerprinter, a
non-denominational wedding officiant, a player of Tango Nuevo, Persian and
Central European music and a composer for soloists, chamber ensembles,
orchestras, film, and dance, sometimes collaborating with other artists to
create works about social injustice.
is a contraction for "groovy" +
"viola". It uses over-dubbed viola tracks with various percussive string and
bow techniques to create a percolating, groove effect.
Myroslava Lashkevych was born in
Kyiv, Ukraine, she is 28 years. Myroslava Lashkevych studied music and worked
on Cinema and TV as sound designer. Now she is a postgraduate student of Kyiv
National University of Theatre, Cinema and TV. As composer she works only a few
years, from the moment she had a PC in her home and she writes for chamber
ensemble (score) and sound miniature (without score). Myroslava Lashkevych likes
to create sound to movie, specially to animation.
was made especially for 60x60 project on the 15 may 2005.
A Voice In A Kitchen
Ravi has played kora since 1985;
developed a stereo/electric/aluminum kora; released over fifteen albums; is a
singer/songwriter,instrumentalist, composer and overtone singer as well as
workshop leader; live & recording projects include: Kora Colours, The
Afro-Indian Project, The Afro-Brazilian Project plus solo performances and a
duet with kora player Bajaly Suso.
Born in Torquay, Devon, David
Handford has been producing sonic work since 1992. From psychedelia with Vibe
Tribe and electronica with Moduloss, he now produces various forms of leftfield
music as dj Methodist and Ministry of Defiance on his label Post Office Records,
as well as film and performance soundtracks under his own name. His hand built
electronic sound devices and music have been commissioned for art projects,
Escrapology, Ointment, and performances with Jo Shapland throughout Britain,
Eire and Europe. A sound installation inspired by John Wyndham, From Below was
at g39 gallery, Cardiff in April 2004, and his sonic sculptures Something For
The Couple With Everything will premiere in Cardiff in autumn 2005. Presently he
is working on his sonic/visual project The Sonology of Water, with shows planned
in subterranean spaces around Britain in summer/autumn 2006.
A Voice In A Kitchen
comprises of a simple multitracking
of Ravi's raw vocal, A Voice In A Kitchen was recorded and mixed in a one
day session as a quick collaboration between Ravi and Dave Handford. No meaning
is inferred from this apart from the magic that can occur from limited time,
equipment and the process of quick collaborative decision making. Recorded in an
empty kitchen with minidisc and layered in Logic.
Ensemble Ordinature is a vocal, but
not necessarily a singing, ensemble that is committed to performing unusual
repertoire and material. Their focus is vocal works that do not fall naturally
into any common genre of music or vocal performance. They discovered everything
about themselves and each other in early spring 2004. André Cormier is the
ensemble's artistic director.
The source material for the piece,
Jibberphonics is spam email. Spam never sounded so good.
"Imagine all the world's instruments,
musicians and hemispheres lashed together into a giant mega-calliope,
super-jukebox, or fantasmo-sampler. As called to action by a hyper-caffeinated
virtuoso, it might sound something like these works by Noah Creshevsky." --Arved
Antipasto's gastronomic title is
meant to obscure the boundaries between eating and hearing, and to initiate a
consideration of the possible implication of juxtaposing an Italian title with a
clearly Asian-style composition.
Crips Qraps Krops
André Cormier was born in Moncton,
New Brunswick. He began making music with a guitar. In 1995, he gave up the
guitar for good, left his native Acadie and began a BMus. in music composition
at the University of Victoria, British Columbia (1995-1999). (John Celona,
Christopher Butterfield and Michael Longton) Then attended the California
Institute of the Arts (2000-2002) where he received an MFA in composition.
(James Tenney, Michael Pisaro and Morton Subotnick) He has also collaborated
with visual artists, animators, writers, and choreographers. He is currently
working on several commissions including an opera with librettist Louise
Brissette, chamber music for ensembles in Canada, Germany and the US. He lives
in Vancouver, Canada.
Crips Qraps Krops:
“A whale suffers. Mankind is bad, very bad.” - André Cormier
Mike Swinchoski is a composer whose
roots lie in the experimental aesthetics found in the progressive rock of the
1960's and 70's, as well as jazz from bebop to the present. The subject of many
of Swinchoski’s pieces is abstractions of patterns he finds in nature, society,
and technology. The works are also concerned with reshaping various aspects of
musical form. His albums include Tomorrow(1999), Drawing Board (2003),
and Waves (2004). (all available on his label Swinco Records). He
currently works in the computer support field to make ends meet while continuing
to refine his ideas and write new material.
is a pop song whose structure has been melted down to the rawest form I could
think of, then reassembled. Midi instruments: Bass, Piano, Acoustic Guitar, and
Clavichord each play a different melody. Sections include: Introduction - rapid
playing of melodies, Theme - melodies played at half speed of introduction,
Development of Theme – the melodies are slowed down to different speeds, then
reordered into two-second segments; Final section - introduction is repeated and
stopped at random points, highlighting a resultant random chord. Each section is
punctuated by key change.
Born outside of Philadelphia, PA,
Christopher Bailey turned to music composition in his late 'teens, and to
electroacoustic composition during his studies at the Eastman School of Music,
and later at Columbia University. Recent performances of his music occurred in
Munich, Germany, and in Seoul, Korea, where he was a 2nd-Prize recipient in the
Korean International Competition. Other awards include prizes from BMI and
ASCAP, and the Bearns Prize.
is a 4 movement symphony in 1 minute. Allegro, Scherzo, Adagio Presto.
Taxonomia de un Error
Alexis Perepelycia received her BA at
the National University of Rosario, Argentina. She studied with Carmelo Saitta,
Diana Rud, Dante Grela Zulma Cabrera, Gabriel Data Francisco Colasanto. Pedro
Rebelo,amongothers. Her piece appear on Gebr. Stark Musikverlag Leipzieg,
Dreamland Recordings, Earphone, and Deep Wireless. Her music has been premiered
and performed on major festival throughout Argentina, France, USA, Spain, Italy
and Northern Ireland. She is enrolled in the Masters program at S.A.R.C in
Belfast Northern Ireland.
Taxonomia de un Error
was conceived while working on a
larger tape piece and was made with sounds from a collection of processed sounds
of a church bell, originally conceived for that piece. All the processes were
made using specifically designed Max/MSP patches, implementing different kinds
of noisy modifications to the sound source (i.e. saturation, clipping, feedback,
granulation, bit reduction, etc) usually perceived as errors or mistakes within
Elfin Tounguespeak Kenneth
In addition to composing concert
music in many forms, Ken Steen has composed numerous works, both acoustic and
electronic, for dance, theater, and documentary. He has received numerous awards
for composition, including the 1992 ISCM Boston Composition Award for Looming,
a string quartet, and an American Symphony Orchestra League New Music Project
with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. He has also received grants from the
Connecticut Commission on the Arts (1992 Individual Artist Grant), The New
England Foundation for the Arts, Meet the Composer, the Roberts Foundation, the
Margaret Fairbanks Jory Copying Assistance Program of the American Music Center
and a fellowship to the Millay Colony for the Arts, among others. His music has
been featured on concert and radio programs throughout the United States, Canada
and Japan, and is available on the Vienna Modern Masters and CRI CD labels.
Kevin Ponto is currently studying
music at Santa Barbara City College. His questionable preoccupation with
computer music arose at 12 when he discovered how to control a Casio keyboard
via a Macintosh and coax from it an awful racket. Since then the racket has
slowly become less awful, if only through familiarity. When asked what
instrument he plays, he responds "The laptop", which of course is nonsense,
though he hopes to eventually change that through the development of expressive
control interfaces. He also wants you to know that microwaving a CD for a just
few seconds is really neat.
is composed of a single looped piano note. It is played in fifteen simple
four-voice chords. No other notes are triggered. The melody that is heard is a
result of the individual notes of each chord looping as they decay. The higher
the note is played, the faster is loops, like the raised pitch on a record
playing at a higher speed. The chords chosen dictate the melody and influence it
over the measures that follow. Change a chord or change the tempo and the melody
rearranges itself. A maximum of fourteen notes is maintained to avoid cacophony.
Blessed are the
Bassists Michael Hopkins
Michael Hopkins composes
pieces in orchestral, chamber, solo, electro-acoustic and popular styles.
Hopkins' works are published by Alfred Music Publishing, Tunbridge Music, and
Grand Mesa Music. He has received commissions from the Vermont Contemporary
Music Ensemble, the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, the Jackson Youth
Orchestra, and Social Band. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of
Music at the University of Vermont, where he conducts the University Orchestra
and teaches music technology, conducting and string techniques. Hopkins earned
degrees in music from Colorado State University and the University of Michigan
Blessed are the Bassists
is a piece for 10 double bass parts, that depicts the forthcoming musical
rapture, when bassists will take over the world. In this new era, all orchestras
will have 40 double basses assigned to various roles. Violinists will be largely
relegated to counting rests and playing an occasional pizzicato note. Violas and
cellos will be replaced by electric slap bass and synth bass sections,
respectively. In this time of enlightenment, entire periodicals will be devoted
to topics such as rosin potency and string length.
Báthory-Kitsz was born in
the year that Richard Strauss died, the LP was born, and Silly Putty was
invented. It was an auspicious time. Oxymoronically self-taught, Dennis has
composed music for vaudeville shows, orchestras, sound sculptures, soloists,
tape & electronics, dancers, multimedia environments, and performance events.
Báthory-Kitsz is a composer who has been creating nonpop music for 40 year and
he has co-hosted Kalvos & Damian New Music Bazaar for the past 10 years. Though
he presently restores historical recordings, engraves music and edits technical
articles, he has directed the Dashuki Music Theatre and Il Gruppo Nuke Jitters,
heads the Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores, and has composed for
orchestras, chamber ensembles and soloists -- some of which have actually played
An etude created for and
on my VSTi emulation of the 1973 Ionic Performer synthesizer, it is an echo
sonatina that lurches and staggers after leaping out of a strait forward
Martin Simon is a composer, performer
and digital media artist. Born in Slovakia, he has lived in New York since 1998
collaborating with musicians, dancers, poets, painters, video artists, film
makers, television producers and computer scientists. His work includes acoustic
and computer based compositions, live performances, multimedia installations and
interdisciplinary projects. A part of his work is centered around ideas of open
interaction. Among his favorites are works of conversational music, accidental
art and anti-contextual poetry. Simon has been faculty at Pratt Institute since
2004. His master’s degree in music composition and advanced certificate in
interactive arts are from Brooklyn College.
is a miniature etude for a detuned guitar and its processed (pitch shifted and
delayed) twin sound image.
Father and Don Boogie
Benjamin Bierman is a composer,
trumpet player, pianist, arranger, producer, and bandleader. He has a very wide
range of musical experiences and an eclectic aesthetic sensibility to match. As
a composer, his works have been performed both nationally and internationally.
Ben was recently the Composer-in-Residence for the Goliard Ensemble, and his
piece for orchestra (Proximities) was conferred the status of special
recognition by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in their recent Synergy Project
competition. He resides in Brooklyn with his wife and three sons. He loves
being outdoors, and cannot resist a great groove.
Father and Son Boogie
is a rhythmic free-for-all featuring the composer, Benjamin Bierman, on mouth
percussion, and his son, Manny Bierman, on Udu. Ben also gets to join in the
fun by blowing some bluesy trumpet over the whole thing.
Topeka David Gunn
David Gunn studied composition at a
big university not noted for its music department, but boy could they do
football. Bitter at not making the marching band, he assembled the Well-Tempered
Chamber String Band of Greater Columbus, which folded after one performance of
his Crapsody. Trouble with his piano studies led to a ghastly haggis
dependence and a penchant for wearing mismatched socks. His piano teacher, on
the other hand, went on to a marvelous career in the pet food industry.
Alex Shapiro, born in New York City,
1962 has become one of southern California’s best known composers of acoustic
and electroacoustic chamber music. Published by Activist Music, her works are
heard weekly in concerts and broadcasts across the U.S. and abroad, and are
found on many artists’ recordings. Educated at The Juilliard School and
Manhattan School of Music as a student of Ursula Mamlok and John Corigliano,
Alex’s awards include those from American Music Center, ASCAP, American
Composers Forum, California Arts Council and The MacDowell Colony. Alex resides
in Malibu and procrastinates on her next piece by updating her website.
There’s something dark in all of us.
There are doors that should not be opened, thresholds that should not be
crossed. Yet we are tempted, we enter, and sometimes... we unhinge our lives.
Eulogy for Bill Swanzy Peter
Peter Swanzy was born in
Seattle, Washington in 1980. He earned his BFA in performance and composition
from the College of Santa Fe. Swanzy's work has been commissioned by Santa Fe
New Music, under John Kennedy, by UnHeard Of!, under Nina Carlson, and by Thomas
Sewell for Enigma Of the Mill, a multimedia work in 2006. Mr. Swanzy has been
featured as a multi-media composer, film-editor, and performer in northern New
Mexico, Hawaii, and New York City, and has studied under John Kennedy, Steven
Miller, David Dunn, and Oliver Prezant.
Eulogy was created
using seven short samples of Shakuhachi Japanese flute of which the composer
performed. Each of these short gestures were manipulated and distorted in time
and space to form one overall gesture of breath, based within a predetermined
algorithmic structure taken from Edo-period Shakuhachi pieces. My uncle Bill
died on May 8th, 2005, and that is the date of composition and assembly for this
My Heart is Trembling
"One of new music's truly free
spirits," (Village Voice) and a "remarkable experimentalist," (NY Times) Eve
Beglarian is a composer, performer, and audio producer whose music has been
described as "an eclectic and wide-open series of enticements." (LA Times) Tell
the Birds, a new CD of her music, will be released by New World Records in
spring of 2006.
My Heart is Trembling
uses a text by one of the founding brothers of Methodism, Charles Wesley, set to
one of the myriad tunes it has been sung to over the years, and counterpoised
with an electronicized fragment of a medieval Armenian song about trembling.
It's a short exploration of how I might want to use Methodist hymns and songs in
the Stephen King opera I'm working on.
Composer Stan Link is married to
musicologist Melanie Lowe. Somehow managing to put those traditional
professional differences aside, they have produced one offspring, a two year old
daughter named Wednesday, who is joyfully indifferent both to her father’s music
and her mother’s research. Nevertheless, her parents indulge her inexplicable
lack of concern for anything but music’s vital pleasures and continue to support
her by teaching at Vanderbilt. With the exception of his recent very loud ballet
piece, LAPseDANCE, Stan’s music tends to keep to itself. His compositional goal:
bringing ineffectuality to perfection. Turn Ons: aesthetic failure. Turn Offs:
has my mother recalling childhood scenes with what can only be described as the
lucid ambiguity that can characterize our present relationship to distant events
as well as our own younger imaginations: Something almost happens, while almost
something happens. Musically, on the other hand, almost nothing happens at the
same time that nothing almost does happen. That may sound like semantics, I
know, but (the) confusion is real. Snow, the ostensible token of purity, usually
obscures. As a backdrop for events remembered and imagined, however, it
clarifies and embodies at least one thing—their ineluctable trip into hiding.
Doug Geers is a composer who works
extensively with technology in composition, performance, and multimedia
collaborations. He is founder and director of the Spark Festival of Electronic
Music and Art, is co-founder of the Electric Music Collective, is a member of
the performance group Sonreel, and is Assistant Professor of music composition
at the University of Minnesota. His works have been performed widely, and can
be heard on CDs on the Innova, Capstone, EmColl, and SEAMUS labels.
Grotto: “I was walking alone down the
street at midnight, hands in my pockets and a light, cool wind in my face. The
church bells rang, and momentarily I was back in fifth grade, riding my bicycle
through the darkness down Linus Drive at 5:45a.m. to serve as an altar boy for
the 6:00 mass. I heard that they had remodeled the church. Hey--Where's my
cell phone?” –Doug Geers
Leslie de Melcher
Leslie de Melcher
holds a PhD. in philosophy from the Universitie of Paris, Sorbonne and a first
prize in composition from the Ecole Normale de musique de Paris. He studied with
Pierre Boulez and Todd Machaover at the IRCAM, where he became a guest composer.
His string quartet and brass quintet have been published by Symphony Land. His
latest works include award winning Xtreme Digital Opera: the Crystal Dome, for
digital music (5.1 Dolby surround sound), choir, actors and digital animations
and Alone, for digital electronics, mixed choir and computer animation,
premiered in June 2004 in Toronto, Canada
60 seconds in memory of 6 million
Scott Brickman, born 1963,
is an Associate Professor of Music and Education and Chair of the Arts and
Humanities Division at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. His instrumental
and Electronic Compositions have been performed in over half of the US
continental States as well as in Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Portugal, Romania, the
U. K., Turkey and Yugoslavia, and are recorded on the New Ariel and Capstone
60 seconds in memory of 6 million
commemorates the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the fascist's
concentration camps by the Soviet Troops. Written to perpetuate the memory of
victims of genocide, it "says Kaddish" for those who have no direct descendants
to say it for them.
Tom Lopez has appeared at festivals
and conferences around the world as a guest lecturer and composer. He has been a
resident artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Copland House, Villa
Montalvo, and Djerassi. His compositions have received critical acclaim and peer
recognition; including a Grant for Young Composers from ASCAP and CD releases by
Vox Novus, SCI, and SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United
Light travels 17,987,547,480 meters
in 60 seconds.
The Silent Night Will Shatter
Kenneth Babb is a musician, composer,
teacher and audio engineer. He is a staff member and house engineer at
Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center in New York City where he works with
commercial clients, students and arts-in-residence. He was a founding member and
president of the Park Slope Music Forum and technical director for New Angle
Intermedia, two highly successful new music presentation organizations.
The Silent Night Will Shatter
is a work in which a diverse soundscape is derived from a single sound source;
a twenty second running water sample. The presentation is a product of non
real-time sound file processing, real-time sound event ordering-mixing
improvisation, and controlled editing. The title reflects the composer's
personal experience of composition, when the compelling need to create
sound-art will surface in late night hours.
David Claman turned to composing
after studying the French horn, the music of India and Playing in rock bands.
He holds music degrees form Wesleyan University, the University of Colorado, an
Princeton. He is now Assistant Professor of the Music at Holy Cross College in
pairs recordings of the “sea” of electromagnetism that surrounds us with a
well-known passage of Melville’s Moby Dick. Recordings of sound given off by
consumer electronics such as computers, cell phones, toys, CD players, microwave
ovens , etc. were made with a telephone tap. Thanks to Nick Collins.
One Prague Minute
Bob Gluck is a composer and performer
of interactive sound installation and performance. His work includes the sound
installations 'Layered Histories' (2004, with Cynthia Rubin) and 'Sounds of a
Community' (2001 - 2002) and performances featuring electronically expanded
acoustical instruments, including eSaz, eShofar, eBoard, and piano and computer.
Gluck's recordings include 'Stories Heard and Retold' (1998) and 'Electric
Songs' (2003). Gluck is a graduate of the University at Albany and Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute. He is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the
Electronic Music Studio at The University at Albany, and Associate Director at
the Electronic Music Foundation.
One Prague Minute
is a soundscape composition. It was created from sounds recorded during a recent
day of walking around Prague, Czech Republic. Sounds of people's voice, wheels
moving over cobblestones, television programming and moving traffic reflected
the composer's experience of a day in that wonderful city. Prague is a place
where ancient and modern merge and collide. It was those juxtapositions,
collisions and gentle meetings that were of the greatest interest in creating
this short work.
Gary Knudson is a
composer, musician and researcher. Born in St. Louis, Mr.
Knudson holds a Bachelor's and
of Music degree in Composition from the
University of North Texas where he
studied under Phil Winsor and Larry Austin.
North Texas was where he began his introduction into computer based music
and algorithmic composition, and after
a long hiatus, he has returned to UNT to continue his studies in 2005 for
his doctoral degree in composition with a specialization in computer music
His interests include experimental music, algorithmic
composition, computer music, sound synthesis, interactive computer music,
multimedia, visual art and installations.
Mr. Knudson’s works have been presented
both in America and internationally
at universities, concerts and
Oblivious... is a sixty-second odyssey around the
world: individuals absent to one another. This piece exposes the importance of
our lives at one given moment in time. Individually and collectively, the
importance of that moment can be far less - or more - important as we are
distant from these slices of time unfolding in our universe. One moment may bring the relative
unimportance of mundane tasks, while for another - at the same moment - it might
bring the choice of life or death.
The consequence may be a momentous performance; conversely, it may be a
meaningless act as we give our oblivious regard to it.
Skip a Beat
Drawing from his continual
experiences of working with scientists, Straiph explores the tension between art
and science. Straiph has the speakers walk the line between what is
comprehensible and what is not, and uses repetition and recurring themes to hold
the work together. He manipulates the volume of the voices, and superimposes
some voices on top of others, both of which influence the degree to which we can
understand what the speaker is saying. But the logic of the spoken content is
not really the subject here – instead, listening to the collages creates an
overall aesthetic effect far beyond the content of what is said.
In various works, Straiph has put
together a collection of overlapping and non-overlapping scientists’ voices
talking about various subjects. Some scientists speak English, others French or
Scottish Gaelic, or English with a particular accent. He manipulates the voices
of the scientists, turning the observers into subjects themselves. Unlike them,
he is free to create his own reality rather than trying to study a pre-existing
one. Straiph simultaneously makes the ‘objective’ observers a subject for his
own observation, but they are also active participants in his art.
Richard Donnelly’s works include
electroacoustic pieces, an opera, several works for chamber choir, a dance film
soundtrack, a number of pieces for solo piano, two compositions for children, a
Credo for 8-part choir and rock band, and two CDs of alternative rock music
under the pseudonym of Ux. After obtaining a first-class honors degree in music
and related arts, Richard worked for 7 years as a lecturer in composition,
theory and music technology. He left England to pursue musical opportunities in
Germany, where he lived during 2003-4. He is now based in southern England.
Kinesis deals sonically with
mechanized motion, action and reaction.
Mike McFerron is founder and
co-director of Electronic Music Midwest. McFerron has been a fellow at the
MacDowell Colony, June in Buffalo, and the Chamber Music Conference of the
East/Composers’ Forum in Bennington, Vt. Honors include first prize in the
Louisville Orchestra Composition Competition (2002), first prize in the CANTUS
commissioning/residency program (2002), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “First
Hearing” Program (2001), honorable distinction in the Rudolf Nissim Prize
(2001), 2004 Confluences Electronic Miniatures II (finalist) Swan Composition
Competition (finalist 2002), the 1999 Salvatore Martirano Composition Contest
(finalist), and the 1997 South Bay Master Chorale Choral Composition Contest
was composed in 2005 for the Vox Novus 60X60 project and is 59.721 seconds
long. The structure of this work is based upon an iso-rhythm that reduces bit
by bit during each repeat. The work was realized entirely using Csound, and it
uses only samples of a marimba as its sound source. The marimba samples are at
time slightly modified; however, throughout the work, the essence of the marimba
remains. Minute Distances is representative of my interest in textural
shape, spatialization, balancing macro and micro composition processes, and
SPINAL 2 Vladimir
Vladimir Tosic, composer, multimedia
artist and professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. The basic approach in
his artistic endeavor is the reductionistic principle of composing. All his
pieces are based on particularly small number or various elements, sometimes
even a single one (timbre, rhythm, harmony...). Therefore almost every
composition of Vladimir Tosic may be said to have certain significant and
noticeable common characteristics: processual organization, symmetrical arc
form, repetition and insisting on timbre.
for harpsichord, is a processual and repetitive composition. The piece is the
second of five variations created on the sequence of eight tones of
harmonic series of the ton C. The process is a little shorter than the processes
in his other compositions but with characteristics of his longer pieces.
David Hamill is a largely self-taught
musician and composer. He plays a number of instruments badly and bass guitar
adequately. Following a career in electronics and computing, he is devoting
himself to music composition. His music tries to cut across genres, mixing
elements of blues, jazz and rock with classical traditions. As well as using
conventional instruments, it encompasses acoustic samples and electronic
synthesis. David's aim is to encourage a new type of classical music for the
21st century, one that is closer to popular music. He runs the xonata website, a
platform for composers with similar aims.
A robotic choir sings the word
philosophy. The voices originate from a software text-to-speech synthesizer,
set to produce a monotone at various pitches.
Paul Clouvel is an electroacoustic
and contemporary music composer living in France. He studied orchestra
conducting, then he graduated twice in electroacoustic composition at the
National Music Conservatory in Bourges (France) and studied composition and
computer music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon. He
also studied sound design, music management and computer music (Ircam, Berklee
College of Music) He received several prizes, including Russolo International
Electroacoustic composition prize. Paul Clouvel works as a freelance composer,
editor, and is the artistic director of Elektramusic.
is a one-sequence music work where a
fake-piano plays short phrases as the manner of John Cage’s music, responding to
electroacoustic – concrete sounds.
Doctors and Nurses
Steve Betts is English.
He was in last year’s 60x60 line up, his sole US contemporary music credit to
date. He’s cool with that, enjoying as he does, the opportunity to mention New
York in any conversation with his fellow countrymen back home in war-torn London
Doctors and Nurses,
what’s wrong with being co-dependant?
Rodney Oakes earned a BA, an MA in
music from San Diego State University and a DMA at University of Southern
California. Oakes is currently an Emeritus Professor at Los Angeles Harbor
College. Among his awards are a Rockefeller Grant; an NEA grant; a Fulbright
Senior Lectureship to the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland; and ASCAP Standard
Awards for every year since 1987. Oakes was the founding editor of Journal
SEAMUS. He has pioneered the use of the trombone combined with electronic
devices and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. In addition,
he performs with numerous Los Angles jazz ensembles. A number of Oakes? works
are available on the Cambria, the Living Music, and Innova labels. His CD, Music
for the MIDI Trombone, has received excellent reviews.
is a brief work created with the software MetaSynth, a program that allows for
the creation of sounds and music using digital images as a source of sound. The
music for this work was created from digital pictures taken during a trip to
Provence during the summer of 2003. Numerous sites connected to Matise were
visited, including his home, and photographed. The result is an audio montage
Brunner is a composer and performer,
researcher/writer, recording engineer/producer and teacher. Brunner has served
as composer-in-residence three times at EMS (Electroacoustic Music Studios) in
Stockholm, Sweden and in 2001 at Kungliga Musikhögskolan I Stockholm, Sweden. He
is at present writing a book on Text Sound Composition and is considered an
authority on the subject. Brunner was Co-Director of the first Electroacoustic
Music Festival in Istanbul, Turkey sponsored by Bilgi University. Brunner
currently serves as the Director of Music Technology for the Conservatory of
Music at Brooklyn College, and is the founder of the Brooklyn College
Electroacoustic Music Ensemble, which under his direction produces an annual CD.
He is the founder and coordinator of the biannual International Electroacoustic
Music Festival at Brooklyn College, New York City.
Erdem Helvacioglu received
several prizes including two consecutive "3rd prize" in the 2002 and 2003 Luigi
Russolo Electroacoustic Competition and "honorary mention" in the 2004 Insulae
Electronicae Electroacoustic Competition with his electroacoustic tape works.
His compositions have been performed in various electronic music festivals such
as CEAIT 2003, San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2004, Sonorities Festival of
Contemporary Music 2004, Nuit Bleue Electronic Music Festival 2004, Seoul
International Computer Music Festival 2004, Computer Art Festival 2004, CEAIT
2005, 14th Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, Acousmania Festival 2005 and
the 10th International Electroacoustic Music Festival "Primavera en La Habana".
Reminiscence is about the
musical memories of a contemporary Turkish electronic
music. Right after the record has ended, we are
left with the crackles of the record. While these crackles go on, various short
excerpts are being heard in listener's head until he finally pulls the needle
from the record player.
Hara was born in 1983 in Japan, he is studying at Kyoto University. He has been
working with Natsuko Yanagimoto (singer and designer) as the group rimacona
based in Kyoto. His solo work untitled was selected at the international
competition of FESTIVAL CONFLUENCIAS 2005 held in Spain. One of my themes
is describing landscapes outside and inside of myself. - Marihiko Hara He is
currently working for the performance including film and dance based on niwa
which means garden in Japanese.
Even in a
minute, we human beings can imagine various things over thousand miles and
years. I suppose that is a gift for us. In my work in 399 B.C., there are two
scenes, one is my imagination and the other is my small room in reality. As you
know, it was in 399 B.C. when Socrates was killed under the law. I mean that we
can meet his death of over 2400 years ago, in just 60 seconds, in any place and
at any moment. - Marihiko Hara
Heike Schmidt, born 1971, is a
director, an actress a singer and songwriter. She studied theater and
audiovisual media. She went to the'Ecole de la chanson' in Paris and had a dance
training ('Expression primitive'). She is working as a Feldenkrais pedagogue.
Since 1994 she is making her own performances. Heike Schmidt is fascinated by
the possibility to mix voice, movement, language, music and images. She tries to
combine different forms of artistic expression in her theatrical and musical
I would love to share
a bed a night a day
I would love to share
a bed a night a morningsong
I would love to love you
I would love to share
a bed a night a day a life -
time I would love to share with you
lyrics, music, vocals Heike Schmidt
piano, recording Michael Metzger
Who are you?
Agnes Szelag received her B.S. from
Northwestern in video and film. She is currently a second year grad at Mills
College studying music. She performs music, dance, and visuals in the bay area
as “aggiflex”, as well as putting on a series of events her self. Agnes’ work
includes song-writing, composition, dance, interactive performance with cello
and supercollider, video projection, installation, and improvisation. Last
November she performed at San Francisco's first all female electronic music
festival - Estrogenesis. This spring she presented “Inhabitants” a site-specific
installation at the Mills Signal Flow Festival, and will also show a version of
this piece at the Electronic Music Midwest this October. Agnes hopes to
continue performing and making new exciting interactions between her music,
movement, and video.
Who are you?
is a song exploring finality. Memory and nostalgia make it difficult for
relationships to really end. The childlike voice represents the innocence of
when we are falling in love with someone else. This is one of the only times in
our lives when we see someone else in ourselves and at that time we are
infinite. We are so intertwined with the energy and persona of this "other" we
see them in our own image - in our eyes when gazing in the mirror. The vocal
sounds in the background represent the voice of this other. The other high
pitched sound creates the eeriness felt upon realization that this "other" has
penetrated our reality to the point of loss of self-identity and will;
simultaneous with the realization that this person is a stranger. These words
can also be interpreted as therefore being estranged from ourselves--looking in
the mirror and wondering who we really are.
Love will see us in hell
Pete M Wyer
Pete M Wyer is based in London. He
has written concert scores, works for TV and theatre and is a regular partner in
cross-arts collaborations involving technology and installation art. Recent
works include ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’ for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
and the multimedia opera ‘Adam’s Apple’. A new work for voices and orchestra
‘Senbazuru’ commissioned by the Juilliard school as part of their centenary and
choreographed by Jessica Lang, premieres at the Juilliard Theater, Lincoln
Center, February 2006.
will see us in hell
is based on the idea of a brief meeting with a stranger, one of those rare
moments when someone you barely know confesses something intimate that they
cannot share with those close to them. In this piece I have in mind a
disillusioned spiritual leader (priest, rabbi etc) confessing his dark fear that
his teaching is doing more harm than good...
EAR CANDY 1b
Aaron Drake, born 1976, is composer
based in Los Angeles, California and is currently working towards a MFA at the
California College of the Arts. Drake earned his Bachelor of Music in
Composition from San Francisco State University. His studies have also taken him
to the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Trossingen, Germany. Aside from his
compositional work, Drake’s experience includes an interest in interdisciplinary
projects such as kinetic sculpture, sound installation, and experimental film.
His projects have included improvisational composition for theater and
collaborative art pieces with visual artists.
explores some of the physiological effects of music by combining traditional
harmonic processes (the cadence and suspensions) with microtonal deviation from
pitch centers. The desired physiological effects are based on my own personal
experience however, not scientific research. Dense, sustained, polyphonic
textures sometimes create rich sound fabrics that can literally tickle one’s
ears. While I find these to be engaging, I also find them to be pacifying not
unlike the lulling feeling of a humming motor.
Cezary Ostrowski, born 30 September
1962 in Brzeg, a Polish electronica composer. He founded the legendary
avant-tronic Bexa Lala. Cezary Ostrowski studied arts and art theory at Poznan
Academy of Fine Arts. He works with Marcin Swietlicki, Kora, Malgorzata
Ostrowska, Mikolaj Trzaska and many others. He recorded his first album Nowy
Swing in 1984. His latest album Crawl with Marcin Swietlicki was out in 2004. He
does avant-electronica as well as film and theatre music. At the beginning of
2005 he was among the winners of Creative Commons and Wired Freemix Contest. “I
did my 60x60 piece in 60 seconds.” -- Cezary Ostrowski
Curt Nordgaard is a part-time amateur
composer living in Minnesota, where he works as a research biochemist. He
started pursuing music as a teenager but was diverted by studies. Despite nine
years invested into my science education, he is continually drawn towards
writing music. Nordgaard started writing popular music (inspired by techno,
downtempo, and house music) during my nine years of science education, which
still strongly determines the shape of my music. However, in the past year since
I began studying Western music in earnest my works have begun to juxtapose the
sounds and rhythms of popular music (especially deep house) with tonal harmony.
March is primarily inspired by the
deep house sounds of Larry Heard, who grounds his darkly colored jazz
instrumentation with steady, minimal house beats. These pieces were written
without a preconceived structure in mind, only the experience of writing cool
grooves. Dvorak themes uses a few themes from Dvorak's fifth symphony as a
starting point, with considerable original additions. Falling from the tree is a
piece written to explore the digital emulation of acoustic instruments.
Grasshopper is a collaboration
between Vaughn and Julian Cartwright. An encounter with a peculiar insect marks
the event of one minute passing. A certain momentary kinship is formed between
human and insect, although the human remains bemused by the tiny creature. All
is dismissed as such rapt attention is violently disturbed, and the human leaves
the micro-world of the grasshopper behind.
composer, bassoonist, bass player, and new music enthusiast, is a senior at
Vassar College studying cognitive science He and his brother Julian, age
eighteen, have collaborated musically much of their lives. Julian, a composer,
violinist, and guitarist, attends Juilliard Pre-College studying composition,
and has won numerous awards for his compositions and solo performance. Both are
excited to be part of the 60x60 Project.
Polly Moller enjoys a multifaceted
career as a performance artist, composer, improviser, and avant-garde flute
player. Her past performing credits include a flute recital at the University of
Missouri-Columbia New Music Festival and a Late-Night Cabaret at the National
Flute Association's annual convention. Her recordings have been released on
Albany Records, Pax Recordings, Mindspore Records, and Silver Wheel Music. Polly
Moller has been awarded grants by the American Composers Forum Subito Program,
the American Composers Forum Community Partners Program, and the National
Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. She is currently recording her fourth
solo CD, “Not Made of Stone”.
was created in November 2004 for the Pax Recordings compilation album /Voices In
The Wilderness: Dissenting Soundscapes and Songs of G.W.'s America/ -- and
adapted for 60 x 60. It features Polly Moller's original spoken words (written
on an afternoon hike up Sweeney Ridge in the San Francisco Bay Area) and her
flute multiphonics, transformed and made into electronica by Will Grant.
Douglas Cohen completed his M.F.A at
the California Institute of the Arts and Ph. D. at the State University of New
York at Buffalo. Cohen was an early advocate for digital media on the Internet.
He organized the NewMusNet Conference of Arts Wire with Pauline Oliveros and
later worked for Arts Wire as their Systems Coordinator. Currently he is on the
composition faculty of the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music / CUNY.
The Show Mark
Mark Rose grew up playing in bands
and began taking an interest in music production and composition at an early
age. His recent completion of a Masters degree at Goldsmiths, University of
London in composition has broadened his compositional style to acoustic
composition as well as more adventurous electronic music under various
pseudonyms. Mark teaches and gigs in London as a Bass player.
‘The Show is made up of four
one-minute tracks. These tracks appear at first to be recordings documenting a
live event. The “event” is in fact a highly manipulated audio track made up of
my own early four track recordings. The additional ambience and crowd noise
complete the illusion and I hope, invite the listener to question “What is the
musical event here and where is it talking place?”’- Mark Rose