Tuesday, May 31, 2016

"Libidio Promescuses Vagistal" (2012)



"Libidio Promescuses Vagistal" (2012) Bil Smith Composer.
A Live recording performed May 11, 2013 at Merkin Hall, NYC by members of the Juilliard Ensemble, The New York Philharmonic and Ensemble Blue.
This work is a commission from a private donor and Actavis, Inc. I thank both for making this work possible.
On SoundCloud:

"Emblematic Suctusstupratio" for Orchestra (2011-2014) Bil Smith Composer.



"Emblematic Suctusstupratio" for Orchestra (2011-2014) Bil Smith Composer.
This commission from a private sponsor was dictated by a strict adherence to a "Prescribed Multidimensional Network."
Recording:
The pertinacious intent was to create a redundancy abject diverse procedural element. In the score, there is a complexity represented through moments of extreme sonic and physical activity as well as a a high degree of timbral diversity. In consideration of the score and the performance, I wanted to portray an enormous illuminated painting, unsettled, however with an intense detail.
As I composed this work, there nearest to me was a dark haired woman with a white laboratory coat, (She stood on the foam flecked lawn on the Duke Mansion); Twelve (exactly) actors resting between takes, and a woman with a widow's empty face, the mother of someone I guessed. The last of these witnesses to my composition was a man of about thirty...naked but for his tanning trunks.
In the central development of this work, the upward lines and the blistered clusters, with an uneasy friction, push against sonic gravity to complete the gestural leaps of ambiguity.
My 'temptron' of tastaglium elevation. (vena amoris)
Written at Venusberg, Vermont, July 4, 2014.

Monday, May 30, 2016

"Merely Musculature" for Horn and Bass Oboe


"Saracta Manufactory; A Left Zygomatic Arch" for Solo Situationist Soprano." (2012) - The Performers and Performances



"Saracta Manufactory; A Left Zygomatic Arch" for Solo Situationist Soprano." (2012)

Amanda DeBoer Bartlett. Soprano.  Performed November 15, 2012


"Saracta Manufactory; A Left Zygomatic Arch" for Solo Situationist Soprano." (2012)
Anna Netrebko. Soprano. Premiere Performance.  June 2, 2012
"The more types of empirical evidence supporting the idea that composers intuitions about hypothetical scenarios are not especially well grounded, the more general pressure there is against those who think composer's intuitions about such scenarios have special epistemic merit. 


Purist extremism on either side seems unwarranted: Almost everyone would agree, that composers are subject to many of the same epistemic vices as everyone else in some respects and have some special skills in other respects. 

So the question becomes: What are the boundaries of compositional expertise? I believe that those boundaries might be narrower than one would have thought."- M. Ades

"In 'Saracta', it may be that the performer, having resisted the idea that the intimate combination of free verse, traditional notation and unusual typography could be coded, now resists the idea that the code could be seriously put into doubt." 

- Amanda DeBoer Bartlett

"Against the formless continuum of life, I posit the need for radical discontinuity; against the false modesty of finitude, pleading for the mathematical infinity of everyday situations; against the lure of ultraleftism, this music vindicates the dilettante Sopranista."

-Anna G. Smith


Guided by a small set of fundamental questions concerning the nature of the voice, the event, the subject, and truth, I push to an extreme the polemical force of lyrical nomenclature.
























Rally


Sunday, May 29, 2016

"Crater 30" For Soprano Voice A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score


"Crater 30"

For Soprano Voice

A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score

Commissioned by BNP Paribas

For the opening of the BNP Paribas Open

Indian Wells, CA


March, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

"Crater 38" For Soprano Voice A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score


"Crater 38"

For Soprano Voice






A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score

"Crater .002" For Soprano Voice A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score


"Crater .002"

For Soprano Voice



A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score

Commissioned by BNP Paribas

For the opening of the BNP Paribas Open

Indian Wells, CA

March, 2016









"Crater 32" For Soprano Voice A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score Commissioned by BNP Paribas



"Crater 32"

For Soprano Voice


A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score



Commissioned by BNP Paribas



For the opening of the BNP Paribas Open



Indian Wells, CA



March, 2016







"Crater 34" For Soprano Voice A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score


"Crater 34"

For Soprano Voice

A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score

Commissioned by BNP Paribas

For the opening of the BNP Paribas Open

Indian Wells, CA

March, 2016

"Crater 40" For Soprano Voice A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score



"Crater 40"


For Soprano Voice

A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score

"Crater 47" For Soprano Voice A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score


"Crater 47"

For Soprano Voice

A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score

"Crater 3" For Soprano Voice A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score


"Crater 3"

For Soprano Voice

A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score

"Crater 10" For Soprano Voice A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score


"Crater 10"

For Soprano Voice

A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score

"Crater 5" For Soprano Voice A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score


"Crater 5"

For Soprano Voice

A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score

"Crater 1" For Soprano Voice A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score


"Crater 1"

For Soprano Voice

A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score

"Crater 8" For Soprano Voice A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score




"Crater 8"


For Soprano Voice

A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score

"Crater 2". For Soprano.


Crater 2

For Soprano Voice

A WET (Words, Events and Text) Score

"Primexa" A WET Score for Oboe, Soubrette, Lyric Soprano, Spinto and Contralto Tessitura









Disruptive New Instruments at Laboratorie New Music

Eva Kingma Contrabass Flute Coming To Laboratorie New Music in January, 2016
Thanks to a kind and generous donation to Laboratorie New Music, we will be acquiring several new, and disruptively innovative musical instruments.  Several days ago we announced the acquisition of the Piccolo Saxophone from Benedikt Eppelsheim to be delivered in February, 2016.


Benedikt Eppelsheim Piccolo Saxophone Arriving in February, 2016
Thomas Inderbinen's Tricky.  One of LNM's Current Portfolio Instruments

In addition, we announce the acquisition of the Eva Kingma Contrabass Flute which will be delivered in January, 2016.  

Even more exciting is a special new project with Eva...one that will create a new Uber Sub-Contrabass Flute;  A new instrument which will redefine the lowest spectrum of the instrument. More to come...


"Angel City Insider" with Thundercat (The Preview)

Thundercat


"Angel City Insider"

Bil Smith & Thundercat



The Preview On Soundcloud:

"Emblematic Suctusstupratio" for Orchestra (2011-2014) Bil Smith Composer. New Recording on Laboratorie New Music



"Emblematic Suctusstupratio" for Orchestra (2011-2014) 
Bil Smith Composer.
LISTEN on SoundCloud:
This commission from a private sponsor was dictated by a strict adherence to a "Prescribed Multidimensional Network."

The pertinacious intent was to create a redundancy abject diverse procedural element. In the score, there is a complexity represented through moments of extreme sonic and physical activity as well as a a high degree of timbral diversity. In consideration of the score and the performance, I wanted to portray an enormous illuminated painting, unsettled, however with an intense detail.
As I composed this work, there nearest to me was a dark haired woman with a white laboratory coat, (She stood on the foam flecked lawn on the Duke Mansion); Twelve (exactly)actors resting between takes, and a woman with a widow's empty face, the mother of someone I guessed. The last of these witnesses to my composition was a man of about thirty...naked but for his tanning trunks.
In the central development of this work, the upward lines and the blistered clusters, with an uneasy friction, push against sonic gravity to complete the gestural leaps of ambiguity.


My 'temptron' of tastaglium elevation. (vena amoris)
Bil Smith Composer, written at Venusberg, Vermont, July 4, 2014.

Friday, May 27, 2016

L'impossible, Clavicorde Bolcheviste. Bil Smith Compositeur




"Fetishistic Splits" (see Zizek) Bil Smith Composer



Zizek talks about fetishistic splits, in which subjects – especially late modern subjects  (The Clavichord)– has specific knowledge but behave as if they don’t. 

This dynamic is one side of the “what counts as a belief” coin for Zizek, who would insist that beliefs that don’t affect action are in a sense not “genuine” beliefs. 

The other side of the coin is that suppressed beliefs which do affect action are real beliefs, even if they’re hard to fit into traditional epistemological frameworks because they’re inaccessible to the subject...hence, the clavichord.

Definition of the Day...

"Compositional Multimodality ... in the broadest sense, composition which contain a multitude of semiotic modes. 

Multimodal scores call for new systems of analysis proficient in realizing and describing the rapport between expressive modes."

Saturday, May 21, 2016

"Social Worker"


"Quantities And Evidence Of Peter Parker" (2014) Bil Smith Composer, Bernhard Gander Composer


"Quantities And Evidence Of Peter Parker" (2014) for four pianists and seven pianos.
Bil Smith Composer, Bernhard Gander Composer

A Particularization of Peter Parker (2004)
Premier, August 15, 2014 at 58-60 Leonard Street SiteSpec adjacent to the new Herzog and de Meuron (architects) designed '56 Leonard' Project.
Performance by 'ensemble di pianoforte osceni'
The premiere made possible with the generous support of A.P. Moller–Maersk Group.


This performance of the eve of a separate performance of the original 'Peter Parker' for solo piano at Centralstation (Halle and Saal) on the final evening of the Darmstadt Summer Courses.

Extreme and at Times, Unnatural Musical Lexicons





                 "Similar Monomania" For Orchestra and Seven Pianos (2012). Bil Smith Composer                                                                                                                                                                                  We (Laboratorie New Music) have set out to discover extreme and at times, unnatural musical lexicons."




THE RECORDING: on SoundCloud  https://soundcloud.com/bil-smith/similar-monomania-for                                                                                                               

"Remarkably comfortable with causation, he seems to be moving through some ritual process that explodes into life threatening chaos at any moment.

It's tempting to talk about shamanic journeys. The absence of a prevailing stylistic orthodoxy is striking"



- Clive Bell on Bil Smith's "Similar Monomania" for Wire 





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