Thursday, July 20, 2017

"Vibrating From The Shock Of The Blows". For Ensemble

"Vibrating From The Shock Of The Blows"

For Ensemble

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone,
Percussion I and II, Violin I and II, Viola and Cello

Bil Smith Composer


A Commissioned Work From BAE Systems

The Full Score (PDF File)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Recording: "The Assumptions of the Propulsion Phase" (Compaction Music)

"The Assumptions of the Propulsion Phase" (Compaction Music) - Bil Smith Composer
for Paramorphic Vibraphone, Rectocele Pocket Trumpet, Inderbinen Basstrompete Basso, LP Cajon Castanets, High Pitch; Chromium Gravitic Wood Flute and Dewanatron Swarmatron.

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Recording: "CatchTrigger" (A Compaction Piece)

"CatchTrigger" (A Compaction Piece) 
for Female Chorus, Chamber Ensemble, Reductive Cellular Automata, and Negative Re-Synthesis Based on the Karplus-Strong Algorithm

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Recording: "My Allusion of Course, Was to Botany". A Compaction Music

"My Allusion of Course, Was to Botany" 

A Compaction Piece based on a text score for Small Chamber Ensemble, BATA-2 Baseball Pitching Machine, Sund Birsta KN Delta - Wire Binding Machine and Reflected Acoustical Heterodyning Loudspeakers.

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On Compaction Music...

In philosophy, reduction (compaction music) is the process by which one object, property, concept, theory, etc., is shown to be explicable in terms of another, lower level, entity.

In particular, a concern of philosophy is as to the scope of physical theory, and whether, for example, all events are ultimately physical events, a discussion closely related to the topic of causal closure.In music, such reduction is generally desirable, because it explains why and how the work which is being reduced exists, and because it promotes conceptual and theoretical economy.

Reducing musical properties to properties of sonic particles thus explains these properties and integrates them into a single explanatory framework, that of aural structure.

Thus we might also describe reduction as a process analogous to compaction, by which one theory (or concept, or property, and so on) is wholly subsumed under another.

Compactionism can be divided into three general areas – methodological, theoretical, and ontological – and reduction (the process) into two – theoretical and ontological.

Methodological reductionism is the attempt to reduce explanations to the smallest possible entities. In science, methodological reductionism would result in the atomic explanation of a substance’s boiling point, and perhaps in an explanation based on even smaller particles (quarks, perhaps).

Theoretical reductionism is reductionism applied to hypothetical theories, the goal of reducing the present multiplicity of theories to a single super-theory through the process of theoretical reduction, the theory of everything.

Finally, ontological reductionism is the belief that reality is composed of a minimum number of kinds of entities or substances. This claim is usually metaphysical, and is most commonly a form of monism, in effect claiming that all objects, properties and events are reducible to a single substance. 
(A dualist who is an ontological reductionist would presumably believe that everything is reducible to one of two substances.)

Compaction Music amplifies and mystifies, with an element of gamification:

part Oulipian, Arte Povera and Scelsiesque.

"Modernismo". For Flute & Piano


For Flute & Piano


Bil Smith Composer

A Commission From DHL

Published by LNM Editions, 2017

(Laboratorie New Music)

A creative artistic movement that took shape in the 1880s in Spanish America, Modernismo has traditionally been identified with efforts to reinvigorate innovative literature and music through the pursuit of formal perfection and innovation. It was, however, more than an aesthetic undertaking. Modernismo offered a complex response to the profound social and cultural shifts that accompanied the arrival of modernity in Spanish America. 

Its influence extended to both sides of the Atlantic, largely because of the artistic genius of the peripatetic Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío (1867– 1916), who selected its name and, by example and decree, came to define the movement. He established connections with the most celebrated European and American composers and writers of the day and, by 1896, as the sole survivor of the movement’s founding members, became its creative center of gravity. 

While the influence of Modernismo lasted well into the 20th Century, its closing date is generally held to coincide with Darío’s death in 1916.

Monday, July 10, 2017

"Periphrasis" A Brief Event For A Solo B Flat Trumpet


A Brief Event For A Solo B Flat Trumpet


Bil Smith Composer

Published by LNM Editions: January, 2017

(Laboratorie New Music)

A Commission By Origin Energy

Periphrasis... a circumlocution, a roundabout expression that avoids naming something by its most direct term. Since it is constituted through a culturally perceived relationship to a word or phrase that it is not, periphrasis has no distinctive form of its own but articulates itself variously through other figures

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Essentially, Music is a Contract...A Form of Legislation.

"Essentially, music is a contract...a form of legislation. For any form of notation to be effective, there must be an agreed set of components or elements." 

"Small can be complex:

Consciousness is valuable to us. Indeed, it is arguably the most valuable thing of all: it is what allows us to enjoy our interactions with the world, and it is what confers moral status upon us.
If consciousness was not preserved by the mind-uploading process, it is difficult to see why we would care. So consciousness is a necessary condition for a valuable form of mind-uploading. That does not, however, make it a sufficient condition.
So is the "Irrational Enterprise" a real compositional idealism?"

"Covenial Lathe Abounds" for Flute. Bil Smith Composer

"Covenial Lathe Abounds" 

for Flute 

Bil Smith Composer


Commissioned by Gazprom

Published by LNM Editions

Saturday, July 8, 2017