N. B. Aldrich
This recording was made on Bonaventure Island off Perce on the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec, Canada.
Mark Petering is the winner of the Swan Composer Prize for wind ensemble and winner of the Music Festival of the Hamptons Composition Competition for orchestra. The premiere of his Hamptons’ work Train & Tower made music history as Lukas Foss, the composer, and the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra coordinated the performance with a moving Long Island Rail Road locomotive controlled by the composer as well as a recording of a train. The surround sound generated was a music history first.
“Inspired by Rousseau's Reveries of a Solitary Walker, this musiqueconcrète composition combines recordings from my walks from my apartment to the shores of Lake Michigan in southeastern Wisconsin. One blustery winter morning I stumbled upon a beachside flagpole which was producing an invigorating rhythmic pulse through the wind rapping the flagpole rope against the cold metal pole."
Mike Hallenbeck is an audio artist, composer, field recordist and sound designer based in Minneapolis. His sound work was recently commissioned as part of Monika Bravo's No_Name:Frequency+Repetition at El Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos in Spain. His composition Dolphinator is part of interspecies.com's "Belly of the Whale" project, featured in the Japan EXPO and the Berlin Liquidrom. He created sound work for the "Rock's Role: After Ryoanji" exhibition at Art In General (NYC, 2004). Hallenbeck has designed sound and composed music for over 40 theatrical productions in the Twin Cities.
“The source audio for Tramp/Chop was collected on a hike during a nature recording workshop in rural Wisconsin. The audio featured here is what was left over after editing out the voice of our guide.”
Lisa Whistlecroft is a composer and sound artist from north-west England. She works in fixed media, producing soundscapes from recorded sound, often of natural environments, sometimes processed, sometimes not. When using spoken words, she is fascinated by the liminal space between comprehension and obscurity. Lisa holds an MPhil in composition from the University of Birmingham and, as well as writing solo concert pieces, she works with dance and theatre artists andcreates sound design for film.
A bare rock, a wooded headland overlooking treacherous waters, the creak of old wood and iron, the call of birds, the chatter of the present, the shadow of the past, the names. Was she there?
Was She on the Boat?features Steve Lewis (voice and found instruments) with Natasha Fewings (invisible dance and voice). The piece is built from washed up and broken fragments of the site-specific performance Jack Scout which was conceived and directed by Nigel Stewart and Louise Ann Wilson.
Ricardo Climent works in areas of music composition and interactive media, involving the use of audio and visual metadata. Since 2006 he serves as Co-Director of the NOVARS Research Centre, University of Manchester in UK and previously held a lecturing position at SARC, Belfast. Ricardo was resident composer at the JOGV Orchestra in Spain; Conservatorio of Morelia in Mexico; Sonology - Kunitachi College Tokyo; LEA labs, C.A.R.A. N. Ireland, N.K. Berlin and at the Push Festival, Sweden.
From the days when Peter Minuit purchased the territories of Manhattan for 60 guilders to the wrong American Indian tribe (back on May 24, 1626), to the Donald Trump era, one may argue that many things have changed in New York... but perhaps not that many! Manhattan minuit is a one minute minuet dance, as a sonic celebration of Trump's casinos built in Indian reservations, in the spirit of Peter Minuit's great deal but with existing Native American Indians. Well done Donald!
Hugo Ricardo de Armas
Sound artist, electroacoustic music composer and cellist.Adds to his classical formation, the interaction with others vehicles of aesthetics communication, like performance, dance, musical theatre, video, installations and interventions of public space.
“Urban soundscape. The sounds were recorded inside of an automatic cashier. The length of the piece is the time that I used to get money from my account.”
Philip Reeder is a composer in the UK. The focus of his output is on multichannel fixed media composition, applying an acousmatic approach to wide ranging compositional activity. His work has been recognised and performed internationally (Bourges/IMEB, Prix Ars Electronica, ICMC, Frieze, EMPAC).
Submersed contact mics fighting seaweed, dangling binaurals, subjected to the wind and waves around Gylly Beach, Cornwall.
RoelHeremans is a 22 year old sound artist living in Brussels.
"This is an excerpt from my bachelor thesis for the study 'Radio' in RITS Brussels. I made a composition from electromagnetic waves. All the sounds you hear are common mediamachines like Iphones, Ipads, Blu-ray players, televisions,...It is an attempt to create a soundscape that surrounds us, but also one that we cannot perceive with our own ears in everyday life.All recordings were made with induction coil microphones in the Media Market in Brussels."
Composer, Sound artist.StudiedElectroacoustics at Concordia University.
InuvikSyk Synth is a piece generated entirely from astronomical data: lunar phases and rise and set times of astral and planetary bodies for Inuvik, NWT; the most northern city reachable by highway in Canada. A Max/MSP patch was designed to condense the astronomical data from Jan 1st, 2012 to Dec 31, 2012 into a 60 second piece. Lying within the Arctic Circle, Inuvik's year begins and ends in darkness.
Yang Ming is a Chinese composer currently pursuing his Masters of Music in composition at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and has studied under the guidance of Chen Yi, James Mobberley, and Paul Rudy. His works are highly recognized for their individuality and exquisite aesthetics. His pieces have been performed in various music festivals.
"Metal, water, fire, wood and the earth, according to traditional Chinese philosophy, are five basic elements which construct the whole world. This water movement is one of the movements of my piece - 5 elements, which represents the fluidity and flexibility of water."
Linda O Keeffe
Full time Sound artist and PhD fellow. Writer and reader of many texts of theory and fiction.Worked in Ireland and internationally since graduating from MA in 2004.Fields: radio, performance, installation, dance and theater. Loves sound with a passion...
"This piece was made in honor of the Cassini Landing on Saturn in 2005. I found this piece of information only last year and thought it terrible that such a significant event was not marked in any real way. My work tends to reveal the sounds of the hidden or spaces that we cannot listen to such as in space or underwater. I do not wish to replicate but re-translate, conceptually, the experience. This piece used the actual landing recording as well as my own short composition."
Hye Kyung Lee
An active composer/pianist, HyeKyung holds a D.M.A in Composition and Performance Certificate in Piano from the University of Texas at Austin. Her works are available on Vienna Modern Masters, Innova, New Ariel, Equilibrium, Capstone, MSR Classics, and SEAMUS CD Series Vol.8. Currently she is Associate professor at Denison University, Granville, Ohio.
“The piece reflects my childhood in countryside in Korea where nature was not disturbed.”
Bob Paul Bauer
Bob Bauer is a respected Canadian composer, broadcaster, performer, conductor, arts administrator and educator. He worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for 30 years as a recording engineer and music producer. Bauer is one of the founders of ArrayMusic in Toronto and Upstream Music Association in Halifax. Currently he is co-artistic director of the Oscillations festival of electroacoustic music, Musikon concerts, and Atlantic regional chair of the CMC. “This work was inspired by a passage from the novel The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier. The heroine is struggling to stay alive in the frigid arctic and as she dances from ice floe to ice floe, she imagines hearing music coming from the water under the ice. The sounds of cracking ice have always been fascinating to me and mixing them into my little ice orchestra has been a delight."
Lefteris Papadimitriou is a Greek composer currently residing in the UK. Compositional interests include the exploration of psychological mapping of aural signals and employment of surrealistic and visual techniques. In 2006 he won the International Gaudeamus with his composition for piano and orchestra, titled Black and White. He has studied composition with IanniIannisIoannidis and is a graduate of the music department of the University of Athens.
''Elle Loge La Folie is a short electroacoustic piece after Roberto Matta's painting with the same title. My intention was to use as many different sources as possible in a very limited duration without losing the individuality of each source. Mixing and editing of the various sounds aims to create a kind of surrealistic biomorphism of sound objects and dissolve boundaries between artificial and natural forms in a similar way that Matta's painting does with visual objects.”
James O'Callaghan is an emerging composer and sound artist based in Montréal. His music, equally concentrated in electroacoustic and acoustic idioms, attempts to preserve a connection with real-world sound identities and social justice, often drawing on sounds from natural and urban environments.
He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in composition from Simon Fraser University, studying with Barry Truax, and is currently an MMus Candidate at McGill University.
Isomorphia is a study in the shared morphologies of animal-produced sounds. The piece exchanges transformation strategies between morphological and semantic comparisons between sound-sources. “By transforming sound-sources through their inherent comparison, I hope to craft a kind of poetic narrative, underlining the similarities between non-human animals, and ourselves."
James McWilliam recently completed a Masters degree at Goldsmiths College in London where he studied composition with Roger Redgate. His first string quartet has been short listed by SPNM for their 2004-2007 artistic season. He has written for the concert hall, film and for theatre. McWilliam also works as an arranger in London; some recent credits include singles with Pavarotti, Jeff Beck and Simply Red.
“Downtown - Uptown is an English composer’s (somewhat ‘overly’ dramatic) musical interpretation of his first trip to New York. The sounds from Downtown - Uptown were all recorded on a Minidisc whilst walking through the streets of Manhattan in the Winter of 2003 and includes everything from the rain on the sidewalk to the horse in Central Park. I hope it conveys my feelings of excitement, tension, and bewilderment as I experience this city for the first time. The strings were recorded in Metropolis studios in London.”
Born in New York and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Murray Gross studied at New England Conservatory, Oberlin College, and Michigan State University. An award-winning composer and conductor, he was assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony and served as music director of Michigan’s West Shore Symphony. Compositions by Murray Gross have been performed by the New York New Music Ensemble, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Nobilis Trio, the Peninsula Festival Orchestra, and numerous professional and collegiate ensembles. Dr. Gross is on the faculty at Alma College, where he teaches composition, theory, film music, and conducts the Alma Symphony Orchestra.
Traffic is a tribute to John Cage and his unique appreciation of the ambient sounds heard from his New York apartment. His enthusiastic embrace of this urban soundscape epitomizes his distinctive views about the nature of music, as well as a fundamental openness to the world around him. This fifty-nine second piece combines Cage’s own words with recorded urban sounds, along with an electronically produced background that intensifies the pulse of this multi-layer mix.
Andres Cuartas Suarez
Visual artist, born in Bogotá city, resident in Pereira city, Colombia. Now he works in the field of videoart, sound art, and experimental photography. His work explores and investigates sound dissonances. His starting point for the elaboration of his audiovisual products, which the artist shows in video installations, soundscapes, videoart, and experimental drawings.
Found noises of electronic environments and equipment in operation, remixed, formed a sound piece that gives an identity to a site specific.
Luca Ruggiero, aka sPoN, is an electronic musician from Avellino (Southern Italy)/Roma specialising in electroacoustic composition, field recording and idm genre. In his work he combines the use of synthesizers and drum machines with sequencers and generative softwares integrating noise, low frequencies and field recordings to create idm, minimal and experimental tracks. Last work: Dark follower, relesed for Hydrophonia project, and EQSound submitted for eArtQuake competition.
The An ordinary day one minute track uses the sounds of daily, urban field recordings to document the typical day of an urban worker.The track follows the worker, from home to office and back, in his urban travel by train.
Ana Gnjatović (1984), composer, performer, arts manager, is currently at her final year of Ph.D. studies in composition. She is performing contemporary music as a vocalist, improviser and sound artist. Her pieces were performed in Serbia, Germany, Austria, Hungary, The Netherlands, Macedonia, Italy, Denmark, and were programmed at festivals such as International Review of Composers, Mokranjčevidani, KoMA, Ars Vivendi Clavicembalum, HarpConncection.
Inspired by Pierre Schaeffer's Etude aux Chemins de Fer, Light Trains keeps the original structure of the first part of the composition, but explores the audio associations we ascribe to trains and train stations in 21st century. The piece combines the found audio recordings from today's French stations. Several recordings from freesound.org archive were used for this work.
Mike McFerron is professor of music and composer-in-residence at Lewis University, and he is founder and co-director of Electronic Music Midwest (http://www.emmfestival.org). His music can be heard on numerous commercial CDs as well as on his website at http://www.bigcomposer.com."For me, this one-minute composition, written for Vox Novus’ 60x60 project, is an attempt to capture just a small fraction of the excitement and fascination that my two-year old has with trains. Where is the train coming from? Imagine where it’s going! Or maybe, we just like the sounds it makes. Dedicated to my son, Henry, the title of this work is inspired by just some his favorite pronunciations of the word ‘train.’"
Andra McCartney is a soundwalk artist, who works with her own field recordings to create websites, CD ROMs, tape works and performances. Her most recent project, a collaborative soundscape work involving several other sound artists and members of the public, focuses on the area surrounding the Lachine Canal in Montreal. McCartney is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, teaching Sound in Media.
“Water is an important textural thematic in my soundscape work. This piece brings together water recordings and my treatments of them from Vancouver BC (Queen Elizabeth Park creek); rural Ontario (Crowe River); Grenada (Caribbean Sea), and Montreal, QC (St. Lawrence River).”
Post-Fluxus artist Dennis Báthory-Kitsz has written more than 1,000 pieces of nonpop, including the vampire chamber opera Erzsébet. He uses his own electronic/acoustic instruments, software/hard-ware, synthesizers, e-boxes, electronic costumes, and extended voice. He created the 2007 “We Are All Mozart” composer productivity project and co-founded the NonPop International Network.
The Amtrak comes and interrupts the composition, and the composition capitulates.
Postgraduate student in Musical Composition with Supervisor Professor Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham, England. “My current compositions are mainly influenced by Jonty Harrison's … et ainsi de suite…, Trevor Wishart'sRed Bird, and Katharine Norman's Squeaky Reel. I have a particular interest in listening to and composing with animal/human voices and mechanical objects.
In Mechanical Bird, the listener can hear artificial bird sounds and ‘real’ bird sounds meshed together and at times it becomes difficult to tell them apart. The piece originated from some thoughts about how ideas and feelings about ‘Nature’and what is or is not 'natural,’ always come from the imagination of humans. If a bird isn't living 'wildly', as it lives a 'domesticated' life with humans, does it still represent 'Nature?’ All the sounds used were recorded specifically for this piece."
Edward Ruchalski has been commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Helen Boatwright, the Lavender Trio and Syracuse's Society for New Music; and has had performances by the Buffalo Guitar Quartet, Robert Black and the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings. His compositions have been performed at Lincoln Center, Mass MOCA, Miller Theatre, the Everson Museum and at the Festival of Miami. Ruchalski has also been the recipient of two Artist Grants from Syracuse's Cultural Resources Council for his compositions using motorized string and percussion sculptures of his own design. To date, he has eight studio recordings available on Pseudoarcana, Afe, Humbug, Taalem& Foxy Digitalis. His latest release, WaterTrain, is available on Humbug. Ruchalski received his B.F.A. in Music Composition at SUNY Fredonia and his Masters in Music at the University of Miami, Florida. He lives in Syracuse, New York, where he teaches guitar privately and at Le Moyne College.
This studio work, for altered music boxes and a field recording of sparrows, is dedicated to the writer, Walter Moers.
Weightless Hours, Les Scott's second album under the name Neu Gestalt was released this year. He is presently working on a third album while also carrying out remix and collaborative work.
"In the first part of A Murder of Crows, we hear the sound of someone walking in nature among crows and other birds and the shakuhachi-led melody acts like a musical soundtrack to a film - separate and descriptive. Within the rhythm element, there are occasional snare flams – fairly quiet – but at machinegun-like speed. At the end of the piece, when the music has stopped, the flam reappears alone to startle the birds. In doing this, we realise that it has shifted from one dimension to another."
Syd Barrett's Privateers
Interstellar Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, stained, glaucous, glycerine, gold, goat, plover gold, local stocks, type, food, wild, national, lake, flag, valve, gyroscope, sect heat, helium, leg, fair, state, invention, medieval refraction, faction, alter-action, hunter, interest, bullet, market...
The world is full of bad gurus. Here's another one!
Joseph M. Vogel graduated with a MA in Music Composition from the University of Minnesota. He writes both electronic and acoustic works and is interested in the use of text with music, acoustics and psychoacoustics, along with performance art.
Cat purring by an open window, variation 1 is the first of a series of digital manipulations on recordings of Vogel’s old cat and was recorded in a fifth floor loft in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Alexander C Mouton
“As an artist, I explore the potential that new technology has for bringing visual and sound arts together for interactive and immersive works both online and in physical spaces. My processes include net art, interactive video installations, multimedia performances, and artists' books. A focus in all of my productions is an investigation of themes such as consciousness, perception, and imagination, as well as the relations between people, social/environmental issues, and technology.
Far Away Inside is a mix of music concrete + midi, focusing on the juxtaposition of sounds referencing the outside world and the more corporal innards. Sounds come from Berlin, Costa Rica, California, Ohio, and Seattle, Washington, including humans, an ambulance, crows, a cat, some frogs, and a lighter."
Joan La Barbara
Joan La Barbara, composer, performer, sound artist, renowned for her unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques, composes for multiple voices, chamber ensembles, theater, orchestra, interactive technology, dance, video and film. Awards: 2011 Demetrio Stratos Prize; DAAD Artist-in-Residency Berlin; Music Composition Fellowships: NYSCA and Guggenheim; 7 NEA grants; American Music Center’s 2008 Letter of Distinction for her significant contributions to American music.
“In quiet moments one finds peace. Lizzie (our elegant snow-white Samoyed/Lab mix) graced this earth for nearly 15 years and joined our lives for almost 11 of those years. With this work I honor her life and her dignity and try to bring some solace to myself on her passing. Her voice joins mine, mingled with layers of modified bells and sighs. She had a lovely way of taking little breaths and then releasing a deep sigh of peace when she felt totally relaxed and calm.
Michael D. Golden
Michael Golden studied composition in the Pacific Northwest and currently teaches at Soka University of America in California. He writes for a wide range of media, and is particularly interested these days in music and ecology.
This piece was inspired by a noisy old bus, a stretch of nasty industrial wasteland near Miami, and then a family of ducks and a heron, who brightened the day. Many thanks to Donald Kroodsma and Houghton Miflin publishers for permission to use recordings fromThe Singing Life of Birds.
James Andean is a musician and sound artist. He is active as both a performer and a composer in a range of fields, including electroacoustic composition and performance, improvisation, sound installation, and sound recording. He is a founding member of improvisation and new music quartet Rank Ensemble and of the sound collective Resonator Helsinki, and one half of the audiovisual performance art duo Plucié/DesAndes.
Outgribe is an attempt to very concisely comment upon the uneasy relationships between some of the more challenging elements of modern society - finance, communication, transportation - which threatens to drown out the world around us, which struggles to be heard over the din...
Composer since the age of 8, I first met with music with a guitar. For 8 years I turned to electroacoustic music but I compose mainly with recorded sounds rather than processed sounds. Being not only a musician, but also a writer, my compositions are the ground for spoken-word and singing. Also I'm studying in digital music in order to orient myself towards multidisciplinary uses of music, like cinema (foley), theatre and contemporary arts installations.
Despite the sonic pollution that attacks our ears in modern occidental life, there is a music in each and every daily situation that can open up the imagination. Here is a maritime ambiance created with sounds recorded far away from the sea: despite all the noise we have to live with, there are still sounds that help humans to admire the infinite of nature and to fill the ears with the desire of a long journey around the world.
Jeff Morris is the PerfTech Studio Director in the Texas A&M University Department of Performance Studies. His work focuses on the impact of technological mediation on human communication.
This piece uses a cold drink and fabric as live sound sources bookended by a recording of children playing. It portrays the different places your imagination can take you (beach, mountains, garden) when relaxing on a deck. Its concept was developed with dancer Christine Bergeron.
Richard Hall is a musician, composer and music educator whose main interest is performing live laptop “art” music in concert settings. He has received numerous commissions, scored films and theatrical productions, published articles and musical works and is featured on ERM Media recordings. Richard’s music has been performed at conferences for the International Computer Music Conference, CMS, SCI, NACUSA, ISIM, the National Flute Association, and the Vox Novus 60x60 Contemporary Music Project.
The Can is a work written specifically for the 60x60 project. One quiet morning, the composer was working in his front yard when he heard this sound echoing through the neighborhood. As he looked up, he could see an empty soda can coming down the street while being blown by the wind. He ended up chasing the can with a microphone and laptop for about 5 blocks recording the sound.
Robert Dick is known worldwide for creating revolutionary visions of the flute's musical role. As a composer, performer and pedagogue, he is considered the flute's visionary. Robert's passions also include a life-long love of Science Fiction and low tech electronic sound. www.robertdick.net
Clifford J. Simak was an influential master of 1950s and 60s science fiction. His atmospheric, philosophical works include the masterpieces City and Way Station. This little piece, created with tiny sound toys, is meant to conjure the apparitions floating about in the magical dusk at the shore of a pond, on Earth, but in Simak's special land, where memory, sentiment, conjecture, fear and joy all play together where this and other dimensions overlap.
Too drunk to write one [a biography.]Fireworks: Argument: Understatement for gunfire: War: November 5th: Overthrow of Government (thwarted)
54. The Earth Speaks For Itself Christoper Vaisvil Chris Vaisvil is a microtonal composer who works with acoustic and electronic instruments. Chris says "My art is about now and is a response to the inspiration I feel from the visual, musical and literary art of 20th and 21st centuries as well as world events. The art of our period has so much to say about who we are, where we have been, and what we will, or will not be as a world village – a unity of souls divided by the gulf of physical being and monetaryinequity but unity of spirit."
A compilation and orchestration of the sound of the Earth's magnetic field talking with the Sun as revealed by VLF radio recordings.
VivCorringham is a British vocalist and sound artist, currently based in Minneapolis, USA, who has worked internationally since the early 1980s. Her work includes music performances and audio installations. She is a 2012 and 2006 McKnight Composer Fellow through the American Composers Forum. She is interested in exploring people’s special relationship with familiar places,especially the place they call home, and how that links to an interior landscape of personal history, memory and association.
“This piece is based on my experience of visiting a town in Upstate New York and asking a woman about her experience of living there. After listening to her observations on decay and re-growth, I improvised vocal phrases based on her words and on the mood and tone of our conversation. This piece integrates singing, narration and the sounds of the place.”
Douglas Geers is a composer who works extensively with technology in composition, performance, and multimedia collaborations. His works include Inanna, a 90-minute multimedia theater piece; an opera, Calling; Sweep, written for PLOrk; and a violin concerto, Laugh Perfumes. He is an Associate Professor of Music Composition at the City University of New York Graduate Center and the Brooklyn College Conservatory, where he is Director of the Center for Computer Music. www.dgeers.com.
"Polk is the name of a small rural town in northeastern Ohio where my sister and her family live, and on their land is a small pond teeming with life: frogs, birds, insects, fish, and more. Polk Pond imagines a late night “mini-concert” of the pond’s denizens, using samples of animal sounds as its sole sound sources."
Studied Design in Cologne and Sound Art at UdK Berlin. Working as Sound designer and free Artist.
“I recorded bees and manipulated the sound.”
Melissa Grey is a composer based in New York City. She teaches Sound Studies at The New School, NYC. http://melissagrey.net/
Colony explores the acoustical perception and symbolic communication of the honeybee. Field recordings from hives in Nova Scotia, summer 2010.
Min Eui Hong
Min Eui Hong was born in Seoul, South Korea. He received degrees from the California Institute of the Arts in U.S.A. (M.F.A. in Composition - New Media). At present, he is working and studying new music and media arts with Prof. YounghiPagh-Paan in the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany. His works were performed at the 23rd European Media Art Festival 2010 in Germany, the International Conference “NIME 2009” in U.S.A., DonaueschingerMusiktage 2008 – The next Generation in Germany, the International Computer Music Conference 2007, 2008 in Denmark and United Kingdom as well as South Korea. Also, his piece(s) was named as a finalist at the “Eduardo Ocón” International Composition Competition 2010 in Spain, and were awarded a prize the Korea Computer Music Competition 2001 and the Ulsan University's Computer Music and Sound Contest 2000 in South Korea. He also won CalArts scholarship from the CalArts in U.S.A..
“A Virgin Flight (Korean: Cheoyeo-Bihang) for electro-acoustic music is my fantasy about a bee flying around space. While I am observing the bees for a long time, I forgot actual bee’s sounds. However, I heard completely different sounds. It quotes Descartes like this ‘I forget, therefore I am.’ In this piece, my experiences of the changes were realized from actual bee’s sounds into computer manipulating bee’s sounds. Also, the audible space is composed as a microcosm in which each smallest bee’s sound is a center. At the beginning of the piece, a bee appears, and then two, three – until millions of bee’s sounds as if a nuclear fission is vibrated. Now a climax is executed, a glissando is headed for gradually upward like a countdown for space explosion.”
Richard Festinger, M.A. and Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley.Founder of the Earplay Ensemble. Music published by C.F. Peters, and recorded on the Bridge, Centaur, CRI and CRS labels. Major awards from the Jerome Foundation, the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, the Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress, the Barlow Foundation, the Mary Flagler Cary Trust, the Pew Charitable Trust, the Guggenheim Museum, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Recording grants from the Copland, Argosy, and Ditson Funds, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“In China. Korea, and Japan, at least as recently as 100 years ago, perhaps even more recently, I don’t know, certain types of insects were prized for their singing qualities. Friends who grew up in China speak of old men heading off to the teahouse with cages containing song birds, and very much smaller cages containing crickets. Perhaps one can still find this in more remote rural areas. Entomology II is a constructed insect ‘soundscape’ unlike any that would occur in nature, my intent was that it should sound natural in its evolution.”