60x60 CD (2006-2007)
60x60 is a project containing 60 compositions from 60 different composers, where each composition is 60 seconds (or less) in duration.
The goal of this project is to highlight the work of a great many composers. The project presents a cross-section of contemporary music, including the various styles, aesthetics and techniques being used by the composers of today. 60x60 is a circle of sound, the 60 pieces represent a slice of the contemporary music scene. The works in this 2 CD volume of the 60x60 project represent the submissions received for the years 2006 and 2007.
The mission of the 60x60 project and its presenter, Vox Novus, is to expose the greatest number of composers and their works to the largest audience possible. 60x60 combines grassroots ideology with cutting-edge methods of presentation and distribution. Each year the project grows in artistic and distributive scope. Achieving its initiative, the 60x60 promotes contemporary composition across the globe.
|1) Neutron || Ivan Zavada |
Searching for a correlation between sciences and musical creation, Ivan Zavada studied electroacoustic composition at the University of Montreal. Now based in Sydney, Australia, Zavada is lecturing in computer music and electroacoustic music theory at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In Neutron he uses his original audio looping software systematically to mirror the present socio-cultural and economical context where repetition is privileged on several levels of structure. The isolation of a neutral sonorous particle provokes an elastic chain reaction that evokes organized chaos. While a loop is a sort of neutral sonic kernel, it attracts humans more and more, and the musical whirlwind siphons their mind!
|2) Tobio || CDZabu (collective) |
CDZabu (formerly known as ~chromatik_d_zabu.tmp) is an international collective of musicians who collaborate via the Internet. Pieces are composed sequentially, through the continual addition of musical strata by different participants of all stripes (academic, self-taught, electronica, rock, classical) who operate under mysterious pseudonyms. The pieces are then mixed and published for free on the collective's web site. Come visit and join the fun, new members are welcome! Tobio was composed by Snvl, Dr Chnolles, b.p.-y.m. and Marsmalade
|For more visit http://www.cdzabu.com/|
|3) Amerika Ist Nun Erwackt David Hahn |
David Hahn creates diverse styles of music ranging from processed electric guitar to musique concrète sound collages to more traditional settings for instrument and voice. Educated at Brown University, Hahn also attended The New England Conservatory of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and Stanford University. He has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, Musica Nel Chiostro in Florence, and the City of London Festival. He co-founded the Boston Renaissance Ensemble and received the Noah Greenberg Award for "Excellence in the Performance of Early Music" from the American Musicological Society.
|For more visit http://www.davidhahnonline.com/|
|4) Whitecap || Scott Smallwood |
Scott Smallwood was born in Dallas, Texas, and grew up at 10,000 feet in elevation in the Colorado Rockies. Currently based in New Jersey, his work ranges from sonic photographs, abstracted studio pieces, improvisations, and composed structures, encompassing real and abstracted sound textures based on a practice of listening, improvisation, and phonography. He performs regularly as a solo improvisor, as well as in groups, and his work has been released on Autumn Records, Deep Listening, Televaw, Simple Logic, Static Caravan, and Webbed Hand Records.
|5) Gamaka || Christopher Cook |
Christopher Cook's electronic and acoustic works have received several awards and honors including those from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, ASCAP, and the Society for Electro-acoustic Music in the United States. Dr. Cook teaches composition and music technology at Christopher Newport University. Gamaka is largely comprised of samples from a voice, cello, and drum. The samples are woven into a raga-like pattern complete with a quasi-vocal line.
|6) 60X3 || Maggi Payne |
Maggi Payne is Co-Director of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College where she teaches recording engineering, composition, and electronic music. Her works often include visual elements including video, installations, and dance. Her works are available on the Lovely Music, Ubuibi, Starkland, Music and Arts, Asphodel, and/OAR, CRI/New World, Centaur, MMC, Digital Narcis, Capstone, Mills, and Frog Peak labels. 60X3, stems from a coincidence. It is her third entry for the 60X60 project (:60 faucet for the first project and :60 Fizz for the second) and it uses three modified sources: a faulty valve in a sink's faucet, a tiny motor, and a floor furnace.
|For more visit http://www.voxnovus.com/composer/Maggi_Payne.htm|
|7) De and Reconstruction || Balie Todd |
Balie Todd graduated from MTSU with a recording degree in 2004. Afterward he sold shoes, got fired from a country club, and worked with an audio and engineering company for television and radio. He loves unmarketable music and looks for chances to put it to film, tv, and video games. De and Reconstruction began as ambience for a short film. Samples of low moans and growls were run through a spectral EQ, as though a door was opening into something new. The percussive jabber is a two minute long chorus sampled with sixteenth notes cut and played one after the other.
|8) Phase 59 || Arthur Gottschalk |
Arthur Gottschalk attended the University of Michigan, studying with Ross Lee Finney, Leslie Bassett, and William Bolcom. He is professor and chair of the Department of Music Theory and Composition at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He has received the Charles Ives Prize of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and his book, Functional Hearing, is published by Scarecrow Press, a division of Rowman & Littlefield. Gottschalk created Phase 59 as a companion to Phase 58, using samples from his analog composition Strange Loops, and an out-take from a recording of his flute piece Contrary Variants. In Phase 59 he strives to evoke a soundscape never before heard and yet... strangely familiar.
|For more visit http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~gottsch/functional/BioPage.html|
|9) Ashi || Cheryl Leonard |
Cheryl Leonard is a composer, performer and instrument builder. Her works explore quiet phenomena and the intricacies of sound. Recently she has focused on making music with found natural materials. Cheryl received her MA from Mills College and has been awarded grants from the American Composers Forum and Meet the Composer. Her work is featured in the documentary film Noisy People. Ashi is the Japanese word for foot, pace, or gait. All sounds were made by wobbling amplified pieces of granite and volcanic tuff. Stones were gently nudged into motion, then allowed to settle back to a state of rest.
|For more visit www.allwaysnorth.com|
|10) Jonty's Acousmatic Tube Ride || Sam Pluta |
Sam Pluta is a composer and performer of electronic, improvised, and notated musics. His works have been performed and commissioned by Dave Eggar, Wet Ink Ensemble, Prism Quartet, Teresa McCollough, and the Allsar Quartet. As a laptop musician he has composed improvised works for his bands Glissando Bin Laden, exclusiveOr, and Prince of Neckebeards as well as works for solo performance and large ensembles. Sam holds a MA from the University of Texas at Austin and is pursuing his DMA from Columbia University. Sam's music is available on Quiet Design, and SEAMUS labels. Jonty's Acousmatic Tube Ride, a riff on plastic straws, is written in honor of BEAST leader Jonty Harrison.
|11) Number 4 from 10 Etudes for Balloon|| Aaron Drake |
Aaron Drake is a composer based in Los Angeles, California. He began studying piano at age five and has a rounded repertoire of classical and modern music. Drake earned his BM in Composition from San Francisco State University and studied at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Trossingen, Germany. Drake also engages in interdisciplinary projects such as kinetic sculpture, sound installation and video. 10 Etudes for Balloon explores virtuosic balloon playing techniques. Like other Etudes, each balloon etude employs at least one technical or compositional gimmick. Etudes may be performed on any balloon, regardless of size or color.
|12) diner || Stephen Betts |
Howard Hughes, The Associates, Peter Murphy and others, years ago. Inspired by DonSiegel's 1974 movie "Charley Varrick", diner is based on the opening robbery sequence, where Charley escapes with gang member Harmon and his fatally wounded getaway-driver-wife, Nadine. A Dickensian Parallel as well: Charley's small time bank job nets nearly a million from a Mob drop box and, like Pip in Great Expectations, his inheritance derived from a convict's exertions, Charley will be a rich man if he can disconnect his fortune from it's criminal past. I've reflected this in the meal: a very Victorian combination of fried egg on a pork chop.
|13) program note by Henry Cowell B || Alan Shockley |
Raised in Warm Springs, Georgia, Alan Shockley holds degrees in composition and theory from the University of Georgia, Ohio State, and Princeton. He’s held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Centro Studi Ligure, and the Virginia Center for the Arts, among others. Recent performances include candlepin bowling deadwood by the California EAR Unit and cold springs branch, 10 p.m” by pianist Guy Livingston. A few years before his death, composer Henry Cowell recorded several of his early piano works along with a brief set of audio notes for each. Cowell gets the last word in this “beta” version of a longer tape piece.
|14) Analogy || Asha Srinivasan |
Asha Srinivasan will be Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Lawrence University starting in Fall 2008. She enjoys composing for the acoustic, electronic and electroacoustic media. She recently won the BMI, Inc. First Annual Women's Commission for her string quartet, Kalpitha. Her electronic works have been played at various festivals around the nation. Food for thought: The average life span of a gastrotrich is three days. Analogy’s analogy is probably pretty clear and doesn't need much more explanation.
|For more visit http://www.twocomposers.org|
|15) Remembering Home || Laurie Spiegel |
Laurie Spiegel, composer, software designer, and banjo player, is known widely for her pioneering works with many early electronic music systems, including the GROOVE system at Bell Telephone Laboratories, and for Music Mouse, a software-based musical instrument. She founded New York University's Computer Music Studio. She currently lives and works in New York. "Remembering Home" for electric banjo with digital signal processing was composed after returning to man-made New York City from a recent visit home to the ravines of northern Illinois, a glimpse of a completely different life that might have been, and a family that will never again be what it was.
|For more visit http://www.retiary.org/ls/|
|16) Thanks for that Bruce || Paul Burnell |
Paul Burnell was born in Ystrad, South Wales and now lives in London. His music often utilizes relentless repetition and pulse within a structure perceived as a process. Sometimes humor and spoken word elements are featured. He has written for the Inchcolm New Music Ensemble and the Yorkshire Late Starters Strings. “Thanks for that Bruce” is dedicated to two Bruces. One famous, the other - regrettably and thankfully - not famous.
|For more visit http://www.musicalsquares.com|
|17) Pieces || Aaron Acosta|
Aaron Acosta is a graduate from the College of Santa Fe with a BA in Sound Design in Media, a Self Designed major that consists of studies in Theatre, Film, and Music. Sound helps us interpret the world in a unique way with frequency, amplitude and time: he chooses to explore these realms. He is involved with electro acoustic composition as well as more traditional composition and currently resides in Winnipeg, Canada. pieces is composed of sound effects, cell phone ringers, excerpts from the news, granular synthesis, and a piano track (performed by himself) combine to create a feeling of information overload.
|For more visit www.aaronacosta.com|
|18) Nature is || Cindy Cox |
Cindy Cox produces work respected for its “vibrant and numinous sensibility”, with novel approaches to text and harmonic resonance. Cox has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Fromm Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, ASCAP, and Meet the Composer. Recent performances have occurred at the American Academy in Rome, the Kosmos Frauenraum in Vienna, the Münster Gesellschaft für Neue Musik, the REDCAT/Cal Arts Theater in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall, and the Library of Congress. Recordings may be found on Albany, CRI, Capstone, Arpa-Viva, Mark, and Valve-Hearts labels. Nature is features text by John Campion.
|For more visit http://cacox.com/|
|19) 60,000,000,000 || David Ben Shannon |
David Ben Shannon is an English composer, working predominantly in film and theatre. He is a music graduate of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. During 2006 and 2007 he had two works featured in three different mixes of the 60x60 project. In 2007 he began scoring films and since then has written for a number of shorts and a feature film. He has also composed music for theatrical productions of Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream staged in Liverpool Cathedral. He is twenty-one and lives in Merseyside, England.
|For more visit www.davidbenshannon.co.uk|
|20) Kissing a Woman || Polly Moller |
Polly Moller improvises on the flute and bass flute. She composes, creates performance art, and heads up a revolving cast of characters called Polly Moller & Co. She is also a member of the Outsound Presents Board of Directors. Kissing a Woman features the voice of photographer Shiloh Burton, emphatically spurning the composer's hypothetical bi-curious advances as part of their duo project in the San Francisco Fling exhibit.
|For more visit http://www.voxnovus.com/member/Polly_Moller.htm|
|21) Rain || James Bohn |
James Bohn has served as a guest artist at the 7-11 festival in Urbana, Illinois, and at Most Significant Bytes 2002 in Akron, Ohio. His music appears on the labels: Capstone, The Experimental Music Studios, Frog Peak, me'd1.ate, and The Media Café. James has received commissions from the Bonk Festival, the University of Illinois School of Music, The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the Boston and Chicago Chapters of the American Composer's Forum. His book on Lejaren Hiller is available on Edwin Mellen Press.
|For more visit www.bohnmedia.com|
|22) Flash! || Joan La Barbara |
Joan La Barbara is a composer, performer, and sound artist who creates soundscores for film, video and dance. Her multi-layered compositions have garnered a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition, DAAD Artist-in-Residency in Berlin, 7 NEA grants, and numerous commissions including Saint Louis Symphony, WDR-Cologne, RIAS, VPRO, Meet the Composer, and Radio Bremen. "73 Poems", her collaboration with text-artist Kenneth Goldsmith, was displayed at The Whitney Museum of American Art. “Flash!” was composed for violinist Ariana Kim and premiered at Juilliard’s Paul Hall in 2005. Flash! begins with a deer-caught-in-the-headlights gasp and hurtles forward at breakneck speed, fingers flying through flashing runs until the final strum and rapid snap pizz. Allan Kozinn of The New York Times wrote, “Flash! had the spirit of an animated monologue.” Violinist Ariana Kim is concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans and has performed at such New York venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Tenri Institute, The Kitchen, Issue Project Room, and The Stone. A senior artist of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, she is studying with Robert Mann at The Juilliard School pursuing her doctorate.
|For more about Joan La Barbara visit www.joanlabarbara.com/|
|23) What you don't want to hear || Nicole Kim |
With a Bachelor’s in Political Science, Nicole Kim attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to study orchestration and became enchanted with the endless sonic possibilities and artistic freedom that electronic music offers. She received a full scholarship to continue studies in electronic music at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. Her other musical passion lies in ecclesiastical and traditional Asian music. Created with samples with spiritual associations, such as birdsong, church music, clock, and reading of the Bible, What you don't want to hear is a musical attempt to represent the ever-present battle between the good and evil.
|24) Sul C || Ronald Keith Parks |
Ronald Keith Parks has composed orchestral, chamber, vocal, electroacoustic, and interactive computer music which has been featured at SCI conferences, FEMF, SEAMUS, ICMC, and many recitals and concerts. Recent honors include the Aaron Copland Award, the Winthrop Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, a NeXT Ens commission, and an SCMTNA Commission. His music is available on the EMF label. Parks is an assistant professor of music composition and Director of the Winthrop Computer Music Labs at Winthrop University. Sul C is an exploration of the sound possibilities that exist along the C string of the cello.
|For more visit http://faculty.winthrop.edu/parksr|
|25) Calling G.B || Jennifer Griffith |
Griffith sings jazz, plays classical piano, and writes dramatic pieces, songs, and diverse instrumental works. Commissions include an opera, The Dressing Room, and a dramatic work about environmental politics, Beautiful Creatures. Her pocket opera Dream President was presented in New York City Opera’s VOX 2004. Griffith is finishing a DMA at the City University of New York Graduate Center where she studied with Thea Musgrave, David Del Tredici and Tania León. Calling G.B. is a nod to the work of George Brunner, who Griffith studied with at Brooklyn College. Musical strategies used here in creating mood are explored further in her electronic work, Who is Miranda (part of The Tempest Project, forthcoming on Pogus), which combines text with a similar palette.
|For more visit http://www.voxnovus.com/composer/Jennifer_Griffith.htm|
|26) Handful of Rain || Dylan Mattingly |
Dylan Mattingly was born March 18th, 1991 in Oakland, California. He plays cello, piano, electric bass, electric guitar and ukulele, and is a prolific composer whose works have won composition contests by the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music and the Asia America Symphony. He also enjoys translating '60s pop songs into Latin. Imagine yourself being slowly lowered up through chain-saw winds in the fog, on a long dark escalator.
|27) Iberian Aria || Rodney Oakes |
Rodney Oakes is a composer and trombonist living in Los Angeles. He currently teaches as a professor emeritus at Los Angeles Harbor College. His music is available on a number of CDs, and he performs concerts for music for the MIDI trombone in the US and Europe. He also performs with a number of jazz ensembles. Iberian Aria was created with the software program, Metasynth. The work was made essentially from digital pictures taken during January, 2005, of Spain, Portugal, and the Rock of Gibraltar. Metasynth allows for the control of sound with digital images.
|For more visit http://homepage.mac.com/oakesr/Rodney%20Oakes%20web%208_18_05.htm|
|28) Yaylada || Erdem Helvacioglu |
Erdem Helvacioglu has received awards from Luigi Russolo, Insulae Electronicae and MUSICA NOVA Electroacoustic Music Competitions and commissions from the 2006 World Soccer Championship, Bang on a Can All Stars, Kinan Azmeh and Cem Duruoz. His album "Altered Realities" was chosen as album of the year by All About Jazz, Textura and Cyclic Defrost magazines. "Yaylada" uses processed sounds of the kemane, kaval and the sipsi which are all traditional instruments of the Yoruks. The piece aims to evoke the Yoruks' nomadic way of life in the mountains of Turkey and to highlight their musical identity.
|29) Skating Still || Gina Biver |
Gina Biver has won the Cine Golden Eagle, Tele and International Television and Video Awards for her film and television scores. She received live performances with multimedia, dance and theater at the Kennedy Center, Warehouse Theatre and Schlesinger Center. She currently directs Splash, a new music/new media ensemble. Skating Still is about the elasticity of time; the illusory nature of our perception of it: the way it expands and contracts depending on what we do. Kris Miller, violin - Lisa Kachouee, clarinet.
|30) They Saw That They Were Naked|| Dwight Ashley |
Although Dwight Ashley has been a composer and recording artist for more than 25 years, he made none of his work public until 1991, when his first collaboration with Tim Story, "A Desperate Serenity," was released on the Multimood label. In June 2004, Ashley made his solo debut with "Discrete Carbon," released by Nepenthe Music. Ashley followed with two more solo projects, "Four" in 2005, and "Ataxia" in 2006, and has done additional collaborations with Story. They Saw That They Were Naked is an orchestral piece, written for strings, bass trombone, and glockenspiel.
|31) Barcarolla || Liana Alexandra |
Alexandra is a professor at the National University of Music of Bucharest. She is a member of Duo Intermedia and co-director of the Nuova Musica Consonate-Living Music Foundation Festival. She received the Prize of the Union of Romanian Composers, Gaudeamus Prize, First Prize "Carl Maria von Weber", and Prize of Beer-Sheva, Israel. “Liana Alexandra is regarded as the leading Romanian composer of her generation. Her compositional vocabulary is wide, ranging from cluster and aleatoric technique to broad lyric melody based on folk elements from her native culture" (Grey Youtz, Michigan University)
|32) Cinder Cone || Marc Barreca |
Marc Barreca has been composing and performing electronic music for over twenty-five years. In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s he performed with the Seattle-based electronic music group Young Scientist and released recordings on Palace of Lights and Intrepid labels. He was also a member of K. Leimer’s studio group, Savant. Marc uses digital and analog synthesizers, digital samplers, environmental field recordings and computer processed audio loops to create multi-layered compositions. Cinder Cone was recorded at Drab Studios, Bainbridge Island on a computer using sampled and synthesized sounds.
|33) My Visiting Card || Xiting Yang |
Xiting Yang was born in China and has lived in Russia since 1996. She graduated from Moussorgsky Urals State Conservatory of Music with two specializations, piano and computer music. She studied with Natalia Pankovas and Tatiana Komarova. Yang is a member of Yekaterinburg Electroacoustic Music Studio (YEAMS) She took part in the international festival “V:NM” (Austria, 2003), and the Russian festival “15 years of the Electroacoustic Music on the Ural” She currently works in Chinese stage university Hua-Qiao. My Visiting Card includes text from a visiting card in Chinese language with musical and concrete sounds.
|34) The Indecisive Moment || Mark Vernon |
Mark Vernon is a Glasgow based sound artist, musician and radio producer with recordings released on Gagarin records, Staubgold, Textile and Pickled Egg. He was a founding member of Glasgow’s pirate art radio collective, ‘Radio Tuesday’, a community radio station which broadcasts innovative mixes of art and music. The Indecisive Moment is composed from field recordings taken at Recyclart, a multi-functional arts space in Brussels. An imaginative young man with aspirations to news reporting tells some pretty tall tales. Over a backdrop of sirens and circling helicopters he gives the latest update on the kidnapping of Jean-Pierre, or perhaps a ransom demand?
|35) Moving Water || Andra McCartney |
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 is a collaborative soundscape work focusing on the area surrounding Lachine Canal in Montreal. McCartney is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, teaching Sound in Media. Moving Water brings together treatments of water recordings from Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park creek, Ontario’s Crowe River, the Caribbean Sea in Grenada, and Montreal’s St. Lawrence River.
|36) Things || Jordan McLean |
Suma cum laude in composition, SUNY Purchase, under the guidance of Dary John Mizelle and Joel Thome. Charter member, lead trumpet, featured soloist and contributing composer, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, DROID. Founder, Fire of Space, Piano Music and Song Trio. Travelled to 20 countries and 40 U.S. states for dozens of major jazz, rock, world music, and cultural festivals over the last decade. Recent recordings on Agni Records and 482music. Things 2004 is constructed by orchestrating a transcription of a clandestine recording of a few friends talking, laughing and screaming.
|37) On Simak Pond || Robert Dick |
Robert Dick is best known as the composer/performer who is the leading light in the world of new music for flutes. His compositions have been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Composer Fellowships, a Koussevitzky Foundation Commission, two Meet the Composer Commissions, and many others. In addition to his flute music, Dick writes chamber music and has a lifelong interest in low-tech musique concrete. Inspired by the science fiction writings of Clifford J. Simak, On Simak Pond is meant to conjure apparitions that float in the magical dusk at the shore of a real and imaginary pond where memory, sentiment, conjecture, fear and joy all overlap.
|For more visit http://www.robertdick.net/|
|38) Pretty || Katrina Wreede |
Katrina Wreede enjoys writing music for chamber ensembles, orchestras, dancers, protests, youth groups, and friends. In between she supports herself by sawing on the viola, including pretending to be a violinist for Prince Charles and serenading an office meeting at a Burger King. Last year she took three little girls from her neighborhood, ages 9, 10 and 12, to hear the 60x60 show at Mills College. They had never heard of a college before, and they had never sat in the dark listening to music. Afterwards she asked if they'd like to help make a submission for this year. With much enthusiasm, they created a montage of pre-teen-ness addressing girls' body image issues and, oh yes, silliness.
|39) One Minute Drama || David Newby |
A self-taught musician who got his first guitar at age 14. Prompted by a close friend two years ago to venture into home studio recording and has since composed over 500 pieces of varying genres. A musical contributor and forum moderator at naughtyaudio.com, and member with Vox Novus. Due to increased availability of recording software and engineering, Newby is at last pursuing his life-long passion to produce his own synthesized music. One Minute Drama is but one short example.
|For more visit http://www.voxnovus.com/composer/David_Newby.htm
|40) Ranaat Eek || Ian Dicke |
American born composer and performer Ian Dicke creates works textured by overlapping musical cultures. His compositions have received many honors and distinctions including the Jim Highsmith Orchestral Award and a MetLife Creative Connections grant from Meet the Composer. His music has been presented by The Cabrillo Festival Orchestra under the direction of Marin Alsop, Capital M, the 16mm Orchestra, Gamma-UT, and the Midwest Composers Symposium. He is fascinated with the juxtaposition of simple pop tunes with strange timbres and intonations found in Southeast Asian music. A brief homage, Ranaat Eek is named for the high pitched metallophones of Thailand and Cambodia.
|For more visit www.iandicke.com|
|41) METRO TRIBE || Carolyn Yarnell |
Yarnell’s music encompasses a broad spectrum of style and mediums, ranging from orchestral works, solo and chamber music for both modern and early instruments, computer music, electronic soundscapes, multi-disciplinary works and improvisatory space music with a metal tinge. Educated at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Yale, she has received fellowships to Aspen, Tanglewood, and a Fulbright to Iceland. Most notable awards include the Rome Prize, Guggenheim and an NEA grant for composition and painting. METRO TRIBE is a brief urban study, layering multiple rhythms and glittering textures into a kaleidoscopic milieu.
|42) James Bond vs the Venominator || Nicolas Chausseau |
Nicolas Chausseau has been interested in jazz improvisation since childhood. Influenced by Jose Evangelista’s music, he studies at Université de Montréal with Denis Gougeon. He is interested in the functional relationship of compositional processes to cultures and to zeitgeists. Some of his work for synthesisers and guitar is infected with popular culture memes that can be found, for example, in car or walkman designs, in video games, but also in various genres of pop music, like electroclash, indie rock, rave music and, folk rock, noise and grunge.
|43) Lois || David Gunn |
David Gunn composes mostly acoustic music. Recent products include two string quartets for Ethel, four clots of incidental music for Ray Bradbury’s Pandemonium Theatre Company, “Locomotives stalking a leopard in a china closet” for adventurous percussion ensemble, and a rap about procrastination. For 10½ years, he co-hosted Kalvos & Damian’s New Music Bazaar, a radio show that won an award once. Or twice, actually. Lois is a true story, as much as any story nowadays can be considered true. It was recorded using a dynamic microphone specially adapted to withstand dinosaur ejecta. The plucky recording engineer regrettably was not so adapted.
|For more visit http://www.voxnovus.com/composer/David_Gunn.htm|
|44) Moog of Destruction || Andrew Cole |
Andrew Seager Cole is an active composer of electronic and acoustic concert music and music for theater, dance, film, and art. He is a founding member of the Baltimore based AfterNow new music collective and currently works at the Johns Hopkins Digital Media Center and Loyola College. His works have been performed throughout the US and in Europe. Mr. Cole received a BA from Goucher College and MM degrees in acoustic Composition and Computer Music from the Peabody Conservatory. Moog of Destruction was written using a Moog synthesizer. The title really just says it all.
|For more visit http://www.twocomposers.org|
|45) Who are you? || Agnes Szelag|
Agnes Szelag is a composer, performer, and video/audio installation artist. Her work explores the cognitive and aesthetic relationship of sound and visual media in chosen environments. In performance and composition she creates interactive schemes that ride the line between composition and improvisation. Agnes is a Course Director at Ex’pression College for Digital Arts, received her MFA from Mills College, and her BS in Radio/TV/Film from Northwestern University. 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.
|46) The Starling Clock Wound || Charles Norman Mason |
Charles Norman Mason is executive director of Living Music Foundation and professor of music at Birmingham-Southern College. He won the 2005 Samuel Barber Rome Prize Fellowship in composition, International Society for Bassists Composition Competition, Premi Internacional de Composició Musical Ciutat de Tarragona Orchestra Music prize, National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, Dale Warland Singers Commission Prize, and many others. His music has been performed at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, Foro Internacional de Música Nueva, and festivals in Prague, Bucharest, Bulgaria, and Sao Paulo. The Starling Clock Wound uses 2 sounds: a single chirp from a starling and the sound of a flock of starlings.
|For more visit www.charlesnormanmason.com|
|47) Whirlitzer || Margaret Schedel |
Margaret Anne Schedel is a composer and cellist specializing in the creation and performance of ferociously interactive media. She holds a DMA in music composition at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Her interactive multimedia opera, “A King Listens”, premiered at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center and was profiled by apple.com. She is the musical director for Kinesthetech Sense and sits on the boards of the BEAM Foundation, EMF, the ICMA, NWEAMO, and Organised Sound. As Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University, she is Co-Director of Computer Music and a core faculty member of cDACT. Whirlitzer contains fifty eight thousand, nine hundred ninety eight miliseconds of pure evil. Make sure there aren’t sharp objects around while you listen (jk). Imagine circuit bending a music box, now, after checking for sharp objects, you may listen.
|For more visit www.ksense.org|
|48) Memory of Loss || Ann Cantelow |
Ann Cantelow is a thereminist and composer in Boulder, Colorado. She studied composition at the University of California at Davis, and was influenced there by John Cage, who taught there for a semester, Larry Austin, and Richard Swift. A guest lecture by Martha Graham was also influential to her work. Memory of Loss consists of multiple theremin tracks. It is dedicated to the memory of her father.
|49) March of the Krumerhorns || John Biggs |
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 20th Century. As a composer, his output is varied, and includes chamber music, vocal music, choral music, orchestral music, and music for the stage.
|50) Minutia || Greg Dixon |
Greg Dixon earned his Bachelor's degree in Music Engineering Technology and Master's degree in Music Composition from Ball State University. He has studied composition with Keith Kothman, Jody Nagel, Michael Pounds, David Foley, and Cleve Scott. His electro-acoustic music has been performed recently at Threshold Fall 2004 and Spring 2005, Ball State's DISCUS 2005 and Electronic Music Midwest 2005. Minutia consists of many small and unimportant details that soon become overwhelming, evoking a palpable emotional response to a seemingly insignificant series of events.
|51) 60x601 || Tony Higgins |
Tony Higgins is a 23 year old composer from Galway City, Ireland. He has just completed a Master's in Music Technology at the University of Limerick. He received his first concert performance this summer with the premiere of The Notes of a Piano at the Cortona Contemporary Music Festival. He has also performed around Ireland with his rock project, junior85. His influences include coincident lines in perspective and The Road Signs of Our Age. 60x601 uses loops created with a Korg AX1500g and a Fender Strat.
|For more about Tony Higgins visit www.myspace.com/roadsignsofourage|
|52) 60x60 06 || George Brunner |
Brunner is a composer and performer, researcher/writer, recording engineer/producer and teacher. He has served as composer-in-residence three times at Electroacoustic Music Studios in Stockholm, Sweden and at Kungliga Musikhögskolan I Stockholm. He is 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 at Bilgi University in Istabnbul. Brunner is the director and founder of the Brooklyn College Electroacoustic Music Ensemble at Brooklyn College, where he organizes the biannual International Electroacoustic Music Festival.
|For more visit http://www.voxnovus.com/composer/George_Brunner.htm|
|53) One Minute under God || Eldad Tsabary |
In his compositions, Eldad explores intercultural and interreligious subject matter. His works were presented at Carnegie Hall, ISCM, and CCRMA, recorded by the Bulgarian Philharmonic and won prizes and mentions at Bourges, ZKM, CBC Outfront/Deep Wireless, Harbourfront Centre, and Madrid-Abierto, among others. His music is published by Editions BIM and released on elektraMusic,Vibrö, ERMMedia, NAISA, Vox Novus, and others. He teaches electroacoustics and music technology at Concordia University and at Musitechnic in Montréal.
|For more about Eldad Tsabary visit www.yaeldad.com|
|54) Lake House Letter || Lynn Job |
Lynn Job was born in South Dakota and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. She is an active professional composer for all new classical genres who publishes with Buckthorn Music Press. Lake House Letter begins with the Latin chant "Puer natus in Bethlehem" (a boy is born in Bethlehem). Spiritual conflict, persecution, and confusion exist but innocence and goodness prevail. Job spins this expressive tale from material in her Armiger’s Gate (viola), Jesu nostra redemptio (choir), Azimuth Dance (percussion), and more, including familiar sounds from nature, and a cadential lute, quoting English composer John Dowland.
|For more visit http://www.buckthornstudios.com |
|55) Hallelujah || Marita Bolles |
Marita Bolles is a Chicago composer whose music evokes non-linear narratives and deals with vast distinctions in scale. She is working on a series of vignettes inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. Bolles is committed to an inquiry into “new music”: its function(s), its ramifications on modernity and what its evolution might be. Hallelujah is for two channel spatialized voice, using two hours of left-over sound sources from composer/tenor Derek Keller. I used this opportunity to make a miniature that is a variation on the original work.
|For more visit www.maritabolles.com|
|56) Sagittarius || Robert Voisey |
Robert Voisey is a composer and impresario of electroacoustic and chamber music. His aesthetic oscillates from the Ambient to the Romantic. Voisey embraces a variety of media for his compositions, and pioneers new venues to disseminate his music and reach audiences. Voisey's compositions have been performed at the A*Devantgarde festival, Electronic Music Midwest festival, the International Electroacoustic Festival at Brooklyn College, and the Spark Festival. Voisey is the Founder of Vox Novus, Vice President of programs at the Living Music Foundation, Artistic Director of the 60x60 project, Artistic Director of the Composer’s Voice Concert Series, and originator of the American Composer Timeline. His mission is the promotion and dissemination of contemporary new music. Sagittarius is one constellation from something larger representing the evening sky.
|For more about Robert Voisey visit http://www.voxnovus.com/composer/Robert_Voisey.htm|
|57) Morning Song || Stuart Hinds |
Stuart Hinds is a composer, teacher and overtone singer possessing a unique ability to produce two discreet melodies at the same time. He has been commissioned to compose several new works for chorus with overtone singing, with a premiere performance in Prague in September of 2004. Hinds sings truly contrapuntal music where the fundamental line moves with complete freedom while the overtone line conforms to the natural harmonics of the sounding fundamental. Both parts move with a high level of independence. A Swedish reviewer called his work an example of “true and uncorrupted artistry.”
|58) I Go Home || Monroe Golden |
Monroe Golden is a freelance composer from rural Alabama. His compositions explore alternative tuning systems, and have been broadcast and performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Critics have called his music "delightfully disorienting,” and “lovely, sumptuous, yet arcane.” Golden received his Bachelor’s from the University of Montevallo and his doctorate from the University of Illinois. I Go Home is based on a poem by Penny Arnold, whose narrations (whispered, jabbered, intoned, and sung) provide the sole source material for the work. Composed with Adobe Audition, each line of the poem corresponds to a phrase with duration determined by the number of syllables.
|59) Endless Song || Stan Link |
Stan Link is Associate Professor of Composition, Philosophy and Analysis of Music at Vanderbilt University. A composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music, his work appears on Albany Records, Capstone, Pa’s Fiddle, and Art Trail labels. Along with composition and theory, he teaches interdisciplinary courses on music, art, and film and is an active scholar with numerous publications on noise, silence, film music, digital aesthetics, and psycho-killers. Endless Song is inspired by a play by William Butler Yeats: “Land of Heart’s Desire, Where beauty has no ebb. Decay no flood, But Joy is wisdom, time an endless song.”
|For more visit http://www.vanderbilt.edu/blair/faculty/faculty_comp.html|
|60) And die || David Fenech |
For over ten years in France, David Fenech has been an active composer, performer, and improviser. His works include acoustic, electronic, tape and digital media, including sound installations and film scores. He's played with musicians such as Gino Robair, Felix Kubin, James Plotkin, Tom Cora and Ghedalia Tazartes. And die are like the last 60 seconds of a dying person, not a second more.
60x60 is a project containing 60 compositions from 60 different composers, where each composition is 60 seconds (or less) in duration. The project presents a cross-section of contemporary music, including the various styles, aesthetics and techniques being used by the composers of today. 60x60 is a circle of sound, the 60 pieces represent a slice of the contemporary music scene. This volume represent compositions from 2006 and 2007.
This compact disc adaptation of the 60x60 project is created for 3 different listening methods: The first is sequentially; each work is listened to in a designated order. The second is on random play, where there is no order. And the third is to listen to each work repeatedly for an extended period of time. Each method brings a different view and understanding to the composer's work and vision.
|For more visit http://demosaurus.free.fr|
|1) Going To The Match || Adam Caird |
Adam Caird graduated from Manchester University with 1st class honors, and from the Royal Northern College of Music with a GRNCM and an MPhil in Performance. His music ranges from orchestral to instrumental and vocal works. He has received performances at the Bridgewater Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, St. David’s Hall, Cardiff and the Purcell Room. Going to the Match was inspired by the scene around the stadium before a game. The sound of the turnstiles and the crowd form the musical material which represents how flows of people run sometimes against one another and at other times together in parallel currents.
|2) Ground || Alphonse Izzo |
Alphonse Izzo remembers hearing Strauss’ Thus Spake Zarathustra as a boy while staring at a tank of gold fish swimming in endless circles. He’s attempted to recreate that strange and beautiful juxtaposition through his music ever since. His compositions have been performed in the USA, Canada and abroad and his music also appears on CD through the Paris based Trace Label. Ground was composed by imagining the sound of a Harpsichord attempting to break out of its own sonic cage.
|For more visit www.alphonseizzo.com|
|3) Verbosity Ore || Doug Geers |
Douglas Geers is a composer who works extensively with technology in composition, performance, and multimedia collaborations. He particularly enjoys manipulating sound color, both in instrumental and electronic music media. A former guitarist, the laptop is now his primary instrument. Currently, Geers is a professor of music at the University of Minnesota, where he founded and directs the annual Spark Festival. Verbosity Ore follows one short path unpacked from a thumbprint of music. Nearly all the sounds of the piece were created by manipulating a recording of one vocalist singing one word.
|For more visit http://www.dgeers.com/|
|4) Phase Shift || John Schappert|
John Schappert's formal education and background is in music, the computer sciences and systems engineering. He has been a musician, chef, computer operator, database and systems administrator, systems engineer, house-husband, caretaker, and home-school teacher. His life-long passions for electronic and Electro-acoustic music, Christian spirituality, art, and systems engineering have now come together to create a fusion of unique sound design and construction as inspiration, technology, and opportunity present themselves. He owes whatever talents and opportunities he may have to God and to his wife, and offers to them his eternal gratitude for their endless patience and inspiration.
|5) Double Future Container Love Music || John Maters |
Born in Nijmegen, Netherlands, John Maters attended the Royal Academy of Arts in Hertogenbosch. His group presentations include: Vegetable Man, curated by Dario Antonetti; Soundlab V, Cologne; Gallery Aferro, Newark; Pendu Gallery, New York; Open Source Art Champaign, Illinois. In Double Future Container Love Music he continues exploring the possibilities of recycling and re-transformation, rethinking a work by considering it in relationship to different contexts. This piece infiltrates ordinary conditions with the mixed emotions of homesickness and consolation, which are disturbed by the undetermined sounds of a building-ground, where past and future are present.
|6) Black Lung || Christian McLeer |
Christian McLeer is the artistic director and founder of Remarkable Theater Brigade. His musical success began as a youth, winning piano competitions and commissions while still in high school. His work HOPE was his first commission at the age of 14 from American Cancer Society. He attended Julliard Pre-College and worked his way through Manhattan School of Music where he acquired his Bachelor’s degree, composing and performing professionally for classical, jazz and rock ensembles.
|7) Cycles 1 || Thierry Gauthier |
Thierry Gauthier is an eclectic composer, distinguished by his experimental techniques. He has studied computer assisted sound design and holds a BM in electroacoustic music composition from the University of Montreal. He received an honorary mention at the music competition Musica Nova and was a finalist at JTTP. Gauthier has been commissioned for movies, art-videos, television series, documentaries, multimedia, installations and multidisciplinary performances. Cycles1 is an expressionist acousmatic piece where the concept and process is minimalist and repetitive. The cyclic revolution is conceived with microsounds which are accumulated, repeated and granulated by the mediation of microloops.
|For more visit www.thierrygauthier.com |
|8) Aspect || Melissa Grey |
One definition of aspect is the way in which the planets, from their relative positions, look upon each other [and] their joint look upon the earth. Commonplace sounds that mark the beginning of my day provide the sonic palette: constellating harmonies from noise, Aspect shifts the perspective from the mundane to the stars’ collective view of Earth. Melissa Grey’s compositions range from concert works for chamber orchestras, live electroacoustic performances, collaborative media installations to music and sound for radio, film and video.
|9) Obsidian || Marcel Gherman |
Born in Chisinau, Moldova, Marcel Gherman is a musician, radio DJ and journalist currently working for Sud-Est Cultural magazine. From 1994-2003 he hosted programs on electronic music on the national radio station of Moldova. He studied piano in music school and composition with Oleg Palymski, and has releases under the alias Megatone on labels Tibprod, Simlog, Invasion Wreck Chords, Zaftig, Krakilsk. Has a particular interest in the Advaita Vedanta doctrine of Indian spirituality. This musical composition expresses the texture and color of obsidian, and acts as a metaphor for the feeling of bliss and fulfillment that is intuitively present within each person, for every moment of life.
|For more visit http://www.myspace.com/httpwwwmegatonecom|
|10) Ives in Space || Zachary Kurth-Nelson |
Zach Kurth-Nelson is currently a graduate student pursuing an MA in Composition at Mills College, and studying with Maggi Payne. He received his BA in Composition from Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he studied with Henry Gwiazda. He is also a vocalist, and has been recorded singing Psalmus XXIII on Noah Creshevsky’s To Know or Not to Know, released on Tzadik. Ives in Space combines natural sounds with samples of recorded music in an attempt to create entirely new sound conglomerations that exceed the sum of their component parts.
|For more visit people.mills.edu/zkurthne|
|11) Told You So || Chris Mann |
"Language is the mechanism whereby you understand what I'm thinking better than I do. (Where 'I' is defined by those changes for which I is required)."
|For more visit http://www.www.VoxNovus.com/composer/Chris_Mann.htm|
|12) Free Speech || Noah Creshevsky |
Trained by Nadia Boulanger and Luciano Berio, Noah Creshevsky is the former director of the Center for Computer Music and Professor Emeritus at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Free Speech uses hyperrealism, an electroacoustic musical language constructed from sounds that are found in our shared environment, handled in ways that are somehow exaggerated or excessive. Text written and performed by Chris Mann.
|For more visit http://www.www.VoxNovus.com/composer/Noah_Creshevsky.htm|
|13) sssffFGGRGR || Olivier Tache |
Olivier Tache is a PhD student in computer music in Grenoble, France. After seven years in a rock/ electro band, he began composing in Solo, Starting with remixes of French bands “Rhesus” and “Les Frères Nubuck.”, sssffFGGRGR is his first contemporary music work. sssffFGGRGR (pronounced as a rough and continuous sound) is a somewhat violent digest of life in societies invaded by technologies and information. 60 seconds is enough to go through several steps marked by the increasing feeling that machines surrounding us, video games or plants, are getting out of control.
|For more visit www.myspace.com/lubnaruins|
|14) (m)inut(ile) || Graziano Lella |
Graduate in astrophysics, self taught bassist, Graziano Lella studied saxophone at the SMPT in Rome. Starting in 2006, he entered an audiovisual collective together with video artists Studio Brutus and Citrullo International. Their work H2O has been presented in the following festivals: Torino Film Festival, Roma Film Festival, Live!iXem, Netmage, Optronica, Sonar Film Festival, Cyborg Film Festival, and Annecy Animation Film Festival. His music attempts to fill existence with immanence and to express its strength and depth. It expresses the process of becoming a man, the continuous self-consistent intensity, where forms change and dissolve in the flow of becoming, as if they were pure micro-metamorphous.
|15) forty-nine || Ken Steen |
Recent premiere performances and sound installations in such diverse locations as Xi'an, China, Fortaleza-Ceará, Brazil, Spring in Havana Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, New York City, New Delhi, Goa and Jaipur, India, Fylkingen, Stockholm, Sweden and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, Australia, confirm that his work is fast attaining international recognition. Steen is Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at the Hartt School, University of Hartford. forty-nine was composed from material originally collected during my ACF Continental Harmony Reliquary of Labor project. Nearly all of the sound sources were harvested during the construction and renovation process of the New Britain Museum of American Art.
|For more about Ken Steen visit fwww.kensteen.com|
|16) Bad Villager || Jay Batzner |
Jay C. Batzner is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida. He received a D.M.A. in composition from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Jay is an active composer, educator, and theorist in addition to being a sci-fi geek, an amateur banjoist, a home brewer, and juggler. Bad Villager was inspired by a news story (and photographs) of a Bösendorfer piano falling off the back of a loading truck. All of the samples come from the Freesound user batchku's sample pack “piano/dry ice.”
|17) Future Remembrance || Dennis Báthory-Kitsz |
Dennis Báthory-Kitsz co-hosted Kalvos & Damian’s New Music Bazaar, co-founded the NonPop International Network, and has been project director for new music festivals since 1973. He encouraged the chamber opera rebirth with Plasm over ocean at the World Trade Center; he was the first American commissioned for Prague’s Mánes Museum, conducting Zonule Glaes II for string quartet and electronics; retrospective concerts of his work were presented in Amsterdam and Ghent. His recorded electroacoustic work can be found on Frog Peak, UnLimit, Capstone, and illegal art.
|18) la vie aménagée-le quart d'heure || Henri Algadafe and Philippe Vernier |
Henri Algadafe and Philippe Vernier's first interest in music started with the guitar (rock and gypsy guitar). They studied at the national regional conservatory of Rueil and obtained prizes in harmony, orchestration and composition. They then studied "tape" music with Philippe Leroux and passed a DEM in electro-acoustic composition. Henri Algadafe now composes instrumental pieces, mixed music or pure electroacoustic. Philippe Vernier has written ensemble music, songs, film and stage music, and electro-acoustic pieces. "La vie aménagée-le quart d'heure" is built on sounds of everyday life. Sounds of indefinite pitch such as squeaking wheels, stone shoveling and compressors provide rhythmical elements.
|19) 1.9 || Andrew Eckel |
Andrew Eckel is a musician from upstate New York, currently living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He graduated from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where his four years in the percussion ensemble influenced many of his arrangements. He has two solo CDs, Summer Heat and Winter Heat, and is working on a funky set of songs that will be out in late 2008. 1.9 is a song about a magazine article. Maybe you've read it. Andrew played all the instruments except the trumpet, played by Katie Silberstein.
|20) Separation Anxiety || Thomas Bailey |
Thomas Bey William Bailey is a nomadic, multi-disciplinary artist concerned with the limits of perception, synaesthesia, etc. His work questions the notion of ‘progress at any cost,’ and his sound pieces aim to reintegrate people with the ‘micro’ and ‘macro’ aspects of life, which are lost among daily social contact. Separation Anxiety is a jolting minute inspired by a quote from Slavoj Zizek regarding anxiety, and by the composer’s personal struggles with the condition noted in the title. Separation Anxiety is a highly compressed/ truncated translation into ‘raw sound’ of continually firing nervous tics and almost palpable premonitions.
|21) Godot in hurry || Gintas Kraptavicius |
Gintas K (Gintas Kraptavicius) has been participating in the Lithuanian experimental music scene since 1994. He was a core member of the industrial electronic music band “Modus” and worked as an editor on the radio station Kapsai. He is known for his sound actions, theatrical performances and conceptual art. Gintas K is a sound artist exploring minimal digital sounds, sine waves, noise, glitches, microwaves and acoustic vibration, making music for films, sound installations. Godot in hurry may be described as microsound or noise, but its intention is to study the physical effects of sound on the human psyche.
|For more visit http://gintask.dar.lt |
|22) Dinadanvtli || Mike McFerron |
Mike McFerron is an associate professor of music and composer-in-residence at Lewis University and he is founder and co-director of Electronic Music Midwest. A past fellow the MacDowell Colony, June in Buffalo, and the Chamber Music Conference of the East/Composers’ Forum, honors include: first prize in the Louisville Orchestra Composition Competition, first prize in the CANTUS program, recipient of the CCF Abelson Vocal Music Commission, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “First Hearing” Program. Dinadanvtli means "My Brother" in Cherokee.
|For more visit http://www.bigcomposer.com|
|23) Fenouillet I || Sophie Lacaze |
Sophie Lacaze, born in France, studied composition with Franco Donatoni and Ennio Morricone in Italy and attended Pierre Boulez’s courses at the College de France. Her compositions range from tape solo to orchestral music, and are performed in festivals worldwide. Sophie Lacaze has developed an aesthetic that takes current research into account while looking restore music to its primary functions of ritual, incantation, dance, and links with nature. Fenouillet I is an acousmatic work based on sounds gathered on excavations in Fenouillet Castle in France. The sounds—including wheelbarrows and trowels—are organized in rhythms of dances.
|24) Was Er Sagte, Was Er Bedeutete || David McIntire |
David D. McIntire was born in upstate New York and trained on the clarinet. He became fascinated with electronic music at an early age and later wore out many razor blades in pursuit of that discipline. He has played in the Colorblind James Experience and is currently a DMA candidate at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Was Er Sagte, Was Er Bedeutete (What He said, What He Meant) was composed in response to certain U.S. government policies. The title is in German since the work was first presented to a German audience, and because the speaking official is wanted for war crimes in that country. The work uses samples from thanvannispen, ashassin, and FreqMan of the Freesound Project.
|25) Animal Farm || Serban Nichifor |
Nichifor, born in Bucharest, received his Doctorate in Musicology at National University of Music, Bucharest. He is the Vice-president of the Romania-Belgium, cellist of the Duo Intermedia and co-director of the Nuova Musica Consonate - Living Music Foundation Inc. Festival. He is presently a professor at the National University of Music, Bucharest
|26) CYBERNATION || Sabrina Peña Young|
An international media artist and composer, Sabrina Peña Young has premiered her works at the Australasian Computer Music Conference, the Cinema for Peace, Electrolune, Voices on the Edge, the International Computer Music Conference, SEAMUS, the IAWM International Congress, and Primera en La Habana X. Her filmscore credits include "The War" (finalist in Miramax's Greenlight Competition) and "Voices of the Churen," screened at the NY Independent Film Festival. Sabrina Peña Young is the Program Coordinator for the nationally recognized ArtREACH program, reaching homeless children with the arts. Cybernation Contrary to popular belief you are a brainwashed idiot.
|27) Salvation || Leslie de Melcher |
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.
|28) Surge || John Allemeier |
John Allemeier received his PhD in Composition from the University of Iowa, his MM in Composition from Northwestern University and his BM in Performance from Augustana College. His music is published by Carl Fischer Music Publishers, C. Alan Publications, M. Baker Publications and European American Music. Recordings are available on the Albany and Capstone labels. He teaches composition and music theory at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Surge consists of a single gesture that is like a wave on a beach. Many of the individual sounds are smaller versions of the larger form.
|29) Here, I'll Play It Again || David Morneau |
David Morneau is a composer of an entirely undecided genre, a provider of exclusive unprecedented experiments. In his work he endeavors to explore ideas about our culture, issues concerning creativity, and even the very nature of music itself. Here, I'll Play It Again grew out of sketches for another project. He liked the idea of having a voice gradually emerge from noise—chaos into order, randomness into meaning, confusion into clarity.
|30) RUherex60 || Jeff Morris |
Jeff Morris is an Assistant Lecturer in computer music at Texas A&M University. He improvises with interactive electronics in addition to composing for traditional instruments and electronic media. During a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, poet Kelle Groom offered a line for artists Irina Botea, Lisa Cook, Maya Gurantz, and Olga Humphries to extend in a recording session led by Butch Morris (no relation). In RUherex60, those lines are used to create an improvised performance on his custom built gamepad-based sampling instrument.
|For more visit http://morrismusic.org/|
|31) The scale of coelacanth || Michiko Kawagoe |
A Japanese composer residing in Tsukuba, Japan, Michiko Kawagoe has studied composition at Louisiana State University and The Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Israel with full scholarships. Her work has also been chosen by The Women Take Back The Noise project in the US. The scale of a coelacanth was made using the program SYNTAL06. The various event types are used with successive overlaps to create sensitive transformations of sounds and sound colors. The piece expresses her image of a coelacanth reflecting on the continuity of time from ancient history by using synthesized voices which were unheard until quite recently.
|32 Crawl || HyeKyung Lee |
An active composer and 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 New Ariel Recordings, Equilibrium, Capstone Records, Mark Custom Recordings, and SEAMUS CD Series. Currently she is an Assistant Professor at Denison University, Granville, Ohio. Crawl uses the kalimba sounds, plucking, and scraping the wooden box.
|33) Reminded of Dickens || Rodney Waschka II |
Rodney Waschka II is best known for his algorithmic compositions and his operas on the lives of Ambrose Bierce, and Sappho. His most recent compact disc, on the Capstone label, contains his music for strings. He teaches at North Carolina State University. At the time I composed Reminded of Dickens, I had been reading Orwell on Dickens and thinking about various aspects of Dickens' work and life. Somehow the composition of this piece seemed linked to those thoughts.
|For more visit http://www.waschka.info|
|34) Two Secrets || Helen Nattrass |
Helen Nattrass lives in Canterbury, England. Her compositions cover a broad spectrum of style and complexity. Her work ‘Ne Immortalia Speres’ was performed in the All Ears Festival. Her choral works were performed in the Hampstead and Highgate Festival. Two Secrets uses fragments from Persian poet Rumi and French writer Daniel Pons to evoke the agony of hidden emotions. Desire is obsessive. Joy is effervescent. Voice is Helen Nattrass and piano, Derek Foster. Rumi’s text reads: “Aujourd’hui le vent m’a apporté ton parfum: pour le remercier, j’ai donné mon coeur au vent.” It translates: “Today the wind brought me your scent; for thanks, I gave the wind my heart.” Pons’s text reads: “La joie c’est Dieu en vous/ Qui se lève/ Qui s’ébroue,/ Et qui commence à sourire.” It translates: “Joy is God in you who gets up, shakes himself and starts to laugh.”
|35) Delerium || David Cutler |
David Cutler is a multi-dimensional composer whose compositions reflect a colossal range of musical styles. His works have been commissioned and performed by ensembles and artists such as the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Classical Orchestra of Milan, LAVIE Singers, Korean Chamber Ensemble, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and the Airmen of Note Air Force Big Band. His music has often interfaced with dance, film, actors, costumes, stage design and visual artists. Delerium was constructed using Digital Performer, Pro Tools, a Kurzweil 2500, and modified samples of an accordion. This work features electronic microtonal patches I designed.
|36) Lo siento || Brad Decker |
Brad Decker’s music has been acknowledged by the 2005 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Composer Competition, the Bourges 31e Concours International de Musique et d’Art Sonore Electroacoustiques, the IV Edition Pierre Schaeffer International Competition of Computer Music, and the 2004 Concurso Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo. His music has received performances at SEAMUS, SCI, Electronic Music Midwest, ICMC, Oakland Festival of Contemporary Music, Spark Festival, New Music Café and the NWEAMO. Dr. Decker received his DMA in music composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He teaches music courses at UI and at Eastern Illinois University.
|37) Ion Gravity Lifter || Tim Mukherjee |
Part Indian and part Greek, Tim Mukherjee was born in Alaska, grew up in Southern California and now lives in New York City. His musical background is part academic and part grass roots (rock and jazz). His compositions span the acoustic and electric and he’s worked in the music software industry. Ion Gravity Lifter is an electronic through-composed piece balancing pedal points (drones) and indistinct melodies that contrast and support each other. The title refers to a device that levitates objects by creating an ionic wind via high voltage. The means are invisible though momentary electric arcs sometimes appear.
|38) Deck for Chair, Too || Al Margolis |
Active since 1984 under the If, Bwana name, Al Margolis has been making music that has swung between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented compositions. He ran the cassette label Sound of Pig Music in the 1980s and co-founded and continues to run the experimental music label Pogus. He plays bass guitar in the long-lasting, legendary punk/post-punk band The Styrenes. Recordings of his work have been released on the Tellus, Anckarstrom, Ants, Absurd, GD Stereo, Odradek, Monochrome Vision, and Pogus labels. Deck for Chair, Too could be considered a field recording. But then again, maybe not.
|39) Public Concert || Drake Mabry |
Drake Mabry, composer, painter and poet, has made his home in France since 1988. His principal composition teachers were Will Ogdon, Krysztof Penderecki and John Cage. He has played oboe with symphony orchestras, tenor saxophone in jazz big bands, and taught in Universities in the U.S. and France. "In contemporary music, version Drake Mabry, inspiration is everywhere" -French television, M6 Découverte. While "de-coughing" the recording of a cello solo, he discovered that the coughs from the public created a parallel composition. After "de-coughing" the cello solo he decided to "de-cello" the coughing piece. The result is Public Concert.
|40) street life || Anne van Schothorst |
Anne van Schothorst wrote her first composition when she was 15 years old. She is a self-taught composer, who combines Harp Music with video. Special locations, beautiful choreography, striking images, moving poetry and impassioned musicians are integrated in Anne’s work. Her compositions can be characterized as mystical and meditative. By a simple note score Anne tries to create depth and dynamics in her work. Her work can be heard on the Dutch classical radio station. The atmosphere is important in my compositions: street life: sounds of the street. I integrated/ added a little piece of my harp sounds as street music.
|For more visit www.genepritsker.com/|
|41) Numero Uno || Jane Wang |
Jane Wang was born in the United Kingdom and is somewhat relieved (but not proud) to be a dual citizen. She started composing in her early thirties after working as a software engineer at companies that have since disappeared. She enjoys composing/improvising for multimedia performances and her recent obsession is Moving Sound which seeks to blur the line between movement and sound. Numero Uno is my reaction to being an ugly American. This piece was constructed using manipulations of found audio clips and recorded material layered with precanned loops. Any distortion experienced is intentional.
|42) A Tribal Second || Gene Pritsker |
Composer/guitarist/rapper Gene Pritsker has written chamber operas, orchestral works, songs for hip-hop and rock, etc. All his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures. He is the founder and leader of Sound Liberation; an eclectic chamber ensemble/band. He is associated with Composers’ Concordance, Absolute Ensemble, The International Street Cannibals and The New Music Connoisseur magazine. A Tribal Second is as if you were passing a ritualistic ancient observance, but it was only in your hearing range for a minuet. You go on your way and the tribal celebration continues.
|For more visit www.harpandsoul.com|
|43) He Changed Into His Brown Trousers || Tim Reed |
Tim Reed was born in May of 1976 weighing 11 pounds and 9 ounces. During the following fifteen years, his weight steadily increased, reaching approximately 170 pounds in 1991. Tim's height also increased during this time, reaching 6 feet and 4 inches in 1991. Between 1991 and 2007 his height remained steady at 6 feet and 4 inches while his weight fluctuated between 165 and 210 pounds. In January 2008, Tim is 6 feet and 4 inches in height and weighs 173 pounds. He Changed Into His Brown Trousers is an electroacoustic work for fixed media featuring sounds which emanated from Russell Brown in the Spring of 2007.
|44) Bathtime || Dorothy Hindman |
Critics have called Dorothy Hindman's music “intense, gripping, and frenetic”, “sonorous and affirmative” and “music of terrific romantic gesture”. Each piece explores her ongoing interest in issues of musical perception, beauty, timbre, contextual meaning, and profundity. Hindman teaches music theory and composition at Birmingham-Southern College. Bathtime is the second musique concrete work in a series based on source material recorded during typical family rituals, in this case bathtime for two young boys. 81 separate sonic events, were combined and processed to create a stereo file that moves from aggressive chaos to a zen-like contemplation of meaning, reflecting the soothing, cathartic qualities of the bath.
|For more visit http://faculty.bsc.edu/dhindman/|
|45) 60x60 edit || Iris Garrelfs |
Iris Garrelfs is a composer/performer intrigued by change, fascinated with voices and definitely enamored by technology. She often uses her voice as raw material, which she transmutes into machine noises, choral works or pulverizes “into granules of electroacoustic babble and glitch, generating animated dialogues between innate human expressiveness and the overt artifice of digital processing” as Wire Magazine put it. 60x60 edit was made from voice sounds recorded at hotel room practice sessions during a trip to Mexico in 2006.
|46) persimmonix || Travis Johns |
Travis Johns’s can be described as a western progression on a spherical plane, leaving him approximately 2954 miles from his initial point of origin. He seems to make various experimentally-derived sounds during this circumnavigation. Possessing a degree or two in electronic music from various musical institutions, he knows a thing or two about the dulcimer. A Persimmon is a fruit of a number of species of trees of the genus Diospyros, and the edible fruit borne by them. It has nothing to do with this composition. However, to title a piece “Reduction of late night improvisation in resonant stairwell in Oakland, California featuring ARP Synthesizer, home-built electronics, analog delay boxes and flute, further processed via intuitive aesthetics on digital recording software” just seems rather droll, now doesn’t it?
|47) Follow The Triangle || Stephen B. Rothman |
Stephen B. Rothman was born in Rotterdam. He completed studies at the Conservatory of Music in Rotterdam, where he studied with Klaas de Vries and Paul van Brugge and Folkert Grondsma. He has been a conductor since 1986, as well as teaching at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Follow the Triangle is a piece for eight trombones, piano, double bass and drums. It is based on a single theme that builds up towards three suspended chords ending with a question.
|48) Monologue || Ivan Elezovic |
Ivan Elezovic’s compositions range from acoustic to electroacoustic and mixed media works and has been recognized by competitions and festivals including SEAMUS VI International Electroacoustic Music Festival of Santiago de Chile, Seoul International Computer Music Conference SICMF, International Festival of Acousmatics and Multimedia, the International Tribune of Composers and more. Monologue was created apropos the 20th anniversary of Giacinto Scelsi’s death to emphasize some highlights of the composer’s life and music. Particular attention is paid to what Scelsi called the “third dimension” of sound, the attribute of musical elements other than pitch and duration most notable in Quattro Pezzi.
|49) The Oriental Singer || Joelle Khoury |
Joelle Khoury is the founder of IN-VERSION and the Joelle Khoury Quintet. She is a professor at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music and the coordinator of contemporary music courses and activities at the Lebanese National Conservatory. She studied Musicology & Economics at George Mason University in Virginia, and received an MA in Philosophy from St. Joseph University in Beirut. The Oriental Singer is a voice and electronics introduction to her Arabic opera. Based on the text of a contemporary Lebanese poet, the opera is the first of its kind, and includes modal, atonal, polyrhythmic polyphony.
|50) “Once upon a time, in the back of my mind...” || Cynthia Zaven |
Cynthia Zaven is a pianist, composer and installation artist based in Beirut. Her research emphasizes the narrative within sound and its relationship with image and space. She has written soundtracks for films that have toured the Kassel Documentary film and Video Festival, the Oxford Museum of Modern Art, the IDFA and Videobrazil. She is a piano professor at the Higher National Conservatory of Music in Beirut. “Once upon a time, in the back of my mind...” is a tune on the piano that haunted me for a very long time. One day I decided I had to write it down; But no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get rid of the old crackly sounds. This is the version I came up with, as polished and clean as possible...
|51) Lost Among Them || Bill Ryan |
Gramophone Magazine described Bill Ryan's music as "...gritty and funky..." and further wrote, "Rarely has music this earthy been so elegant… Ryan's music constantly threatens to burst at the seams, were those seams not so artfully structured.” He currently teaches composition, produces the Free Play concert series, and directs the New Music Ensemble at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. In June 2007 the ensemble performed at the prestigious Bang On a Can Marathon in New York.. Lost Among Them is a remix of my composition "Blurred" (Todd Reynolds, violin, Taimur Sullivan, soprano saxophone, Michael Lowenstern, bass clarinet, Steven Gosling, piano).
|52) Mongolia water on metal || Simon Whetham |
Simon Whetham has worked solely with field recordings since research trip to Iceland in 2005. Sounds from remote and desolate locations were recorded, with the aim of using them as reference material, but they were so evocative they became the focus of the work. This led the artist to the French Alps, where he gathered the source material for “ascension_suspension,” released by Entr'acte. This recording, Mongolia water on metal, was captured in the town of Dulaankhaan, where the only remaining bow and arrow factory in Mongolia still produces traditionally made weapons. Meltwater ran from the roof, hitting metal-clad windowsills, playing an industrial melody.
|For more visit www.simonwhetham.co.uk|
|53) Journey to the Light || Tuan Hung Le |
Tuan Hung Le is a composer, performer and musicologist. A multi-instrumentalist with a strong background in Vietnamese traditional music and Western classical music, his compositions incorporate a wide range of instruments, ensembles and media. He has authored publications on Vietnamese performing arts and is regarded as an expert in Vietnamese musicology. Journey to the Light is a realization of the following poem in sounds: Thunders across the sky: / Acoustic vessels / For The journey of the Mind / Towards the shinning Light.
|54) Tre post scripta #3 || Andrea Vigani |
Andrea Vigani is an Italian composer of mostly chamber, vocal and electroacoustic works. Andrea was invited to various international Festivals such as Ars Musica ‘90, Gaudeamus Music Week, Festival Agora, Fromm players at Harvard University, Maison de la Danse, Chaos Dance, Dance au fil d’avril, etc. and by various Ensembles for collaborations. Post scripta is a post scriptum of a non-existent, unsent, unwritten, never-received letters, to or from unknown people. It is a comment on an unreal tale that may be written in the future or may have been written and forgotten in the past; from only a fragment one can reconstruct a moment of real life.
|55) Lullaby I || Panayiotis Kokoras |
Panayiotis Kokoras received his PhD from the University of York in England. He teaches Electroacoustic Composition at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and is president of the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association. Kokoras has a deep musical interest in sound morphology and its chronotopological precision as well as the physical structure of sound and its perception. Lullaby I is orchestrated for electronics with flute, piano and classical guitar, and is intended for pregnant women and their unborn children. Sound sources include recordings from a Music box playing a Brahms’ Lullaby as well as the human sounds of breath, speech, and heart-beat.
|For more visit www.panayiotiskokoras.com|
|56) Rohrschach || Tilmann Dehnhard |
Berlin based improvising and composing flutist/saxophonist Tilmann Dehnhard has collaborated musically with Sam Rivers, Arve Henriksen, Evan Parker, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Terumasa Hino among others. His CDs include "Breath" with solo flute work (Klangräume Musikproduktion), "Koala Lounge" (Traumton Music), featuring saxophone and ensemble, and "We Live There," with flute, contrabass flute and ensemble. Rohrschach was created with violin scratch noises, a gong and two piano incidents. The gong (a little brass cup) moved towards the microphones while recording, thus creating the spatial and dynamical change of the track. This piece was inspired by the famous Rohrschach Test pictures. It has an axis in the middle. Viewed as a wave in music software, it has a kind of Rohrschach look to it.
|57) 60 Second Fantasy VII || John Pitts |
Born in the United Kingdom, John Pitts is the winner of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Composition Prize. He is a composer of chamber music and music for Christian worship, with two hymns on Naxos CDs performed by Tonus Peregrinus. He was twice shortlisted by London’s Society for the Promotion of New Music and is a founder member of Severnside Composers Alliance. 60 second Fantasy VII is a fast, electronic version of a piano piece of the same name with various gradually changing high speed patterns above a quieter, slower version of some of the same material.
|For more visit www.johnpitts.co.uk|
|58) Trumpet Fantasy || Ben Bierman |
Bierman is a musician who has been around the block a few times, yet he still feels that he must compose, play, and teach music. His eclecticism and musical curiosity continue to take him to places that very pleasantly surprise him. Ben has a Ph.D. in composition. More importantly, he finds great happiness with his wife and three sons. By the way, he loves being outdoors, and cannot resist a great groove. Trumpet Fantasy is Bierman’s imitation of a large group of very silly trumpet players having some fun with a fanfare.
|For more visit http://www.voxnovus.com/composer/Benjamin_Bierman.htm|
|59) On the outside, looking in… || Monique Buzzarté|
Monique Buzzarté is a trombonist/composer. Recent recordings include Fluctuations with Ellen Fullman and her Long String Instrument, Noah Creshevsky: To Know and Not to Know, Zanana's Holding Patterns, John Cage's Five3 with the Arditti Quartet, and Dreaming Wide Awake with the New Circle Five. Honored by Meet the Composer as a "Soloist Champion" for commissioning and premiering new repertoire, she also coordinated advocacy work to admit women to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. On the outside, looking in is scored for trombone and live processing and performed live by the composer.
|60) Founding Fathers || Benjamin Boone |
Born in Statesville, North Carolina; related to Daniel Boone; father was a traveling glue salesman and mother a homemaker; youngest of five sons; moved often; recorded rhinoceros vocalizations in Zimbabwe; Music Manager in New York; plays sax; loves to ski, read and play with his wife and kids; teaches theory and composition at California State University, Fresno. One of his favorite radio shows on NPR is “The Thomas Jefferson Hour,” which has given him a greater appreciation for the wisdom of our “Founding Fathers.” Steeped in knowledge of the humanities, these men understood more fully than most contemporary politicians what the TRUE threats to democracy are. He invites you to LISTEN to THEIR WORDS and realize for yourself what TRUE PATRIOTISM is…
|For more visit www.benjaminboone.net/|