Monday, January 30, 2017

“Impact Tilting: Clumps of Dried Air Weed Spinning Against Its Terminal Pier and Covered with Gnomic and Meaningless Graffiti” Bil Smith Composer




“Impact Tilting: Clumps of Dried Air Weed Spinning Against Its Terminal Pier and Covered with Gnomic and Meaningless Graffiti”
Bil Smith Composer; 1998 and 2013. 
1.0 and 2.0. Commissioned in 1999 by Bell Atlantic and originally performed by Barth Ensemble Musik Fabrik, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. This performance from 1999. Details follow in Compositional Architecture Section.
The Recording on SoundCloud:



Friday, January 27, 2017

Marinism: Excerpt from a New String Trio. Part Three


Marinism: Excerpt from a New String Trio. Part Two.


Titrated Extract Basin. For Flugelhorn.

Titrated Extract Basin

The Computational Tablature. The Numerics Archetype



The purpose of this compositional archetype is to create a contextualized system of numerical nomenclature for category driven, modified cellos.

These systems, or ‘archetypes’ will incorporate the primary arithoretic, descriptors, variants, identifiers and sub-numeric elements of the numerical concept nomenclature.


Intra-category, many of the descriptor numeric candidates may be interchangeable with others.









The defining mathematical descriptor

process designation (primary parameters) provenance designation 
(conflicting strands and anti-crucial undercurrents)










Marinism: Excerpt from a New String Trio.


"Tried" Elliot Johns, Composer. For Cliche-Verre C Flute



"Tried" Elliot Johns, Composer. For Cliche-Verre C Flute

2015

Published by LNM Editions

(Laboratorie New Music)






"Category III Venustaphobia" For Four Voices


"Category III Venustaphobia" 

For Four Voices

Bil Smith Composer

2015

Excerpt

Monday, January 23, 2017

"A Browning Automatic Pistol: A GlassGlimmer Object Resembling The Interior Of His Parents Cine-camera" for Solo Organ


"A Browning Automatic Pistol: A GlassGlimmer Object Resembling The Interior Of His Parents Cine-camera"


"A Browning Automatic Pistol: A GlassGlimmer Object Resembling The Interior Of His Parents Cine-camera"

"A Browning Automatic Pistol: A GlassGlimmer Object Resembling The Interior Of His Parents Cine-camera"


"A Browning Automatic Pistol: A GlassGlimmer Object Resembling The Interior Of His Parents Cine-camera"

"A Browning Automatic Pistol: A GlassGlimmer Object Resembling The Interior Of His Parents Cine-camera"

"A Browning Automatic Pistol: A GlassGlimmer Object Resembling The Interior Of His Parents Cine-camera"

"A Browning Automatic Pistol: A GlassGlimmer Object Resembling The Interior Of His Parents Cine-camera"

"A Browning Automatic Pistol: A GlassGlimmer Object Resembling The Interior Of His Parents Cine-camera"
"A Browning Automatic Pistol: A GlassGlimmer Object Resembling The Interior Of His Parents Cine-camera"

Sunday, January 22, 2017

"Twose" for Piccolo and a Word on 'Trauma Theory'

"Twose" for Piccolo

Compositional skepticism, whether of the anarchic or the methodical kind, has challenged the possibility of certain knowledge. 

Trauma theory introduces a psychoanalytic skepticism as well, which does not give up on sounds but suggests the existence of a traumatic kind, one that cannot be made entirely conscious, in the sense of being fully retrieved or communicated without distortion.




We have only a beginning, something like a hyper-community of musical explorers. The theory derives mainly from psychoanalytic sources, though it is strongly affected by compositional practice. 

It recasts, in effect, an older question: what kind of music is art, or what kind of music does it foster?

The theory holds that the music of trauma, or the music which comes from that source, is composed of two contradictory elements. One is the traumatic event, registered rather than experienced. It seems to have bypassed perception and consciousness, and falls directly into the psyche. 

The other is a kind of memory of the event, in the form of a perpetual troping of it by the bypassed or severely split (dissociated) psyche.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Exploratory Concepts in Vergient Composition: 'Phasient Nativism and Plyiant Neuroconstructivism'



Excerpt 19.  41 Seconds for Soprano.


                                                       "Dreams and Anxieties in the Dune-Like Fragments of Her Body" commissioned work in                                                                 progress for Soprano Saxophone and Bassoon.

I am inspired by various theorems and this post from Philosotroll certainly resonated with my thinking. 


I am sharing this with my input.



                    "Dreams and Anxieties in the Dune-Like Fragments of Her Body" commissioned work in
progress for Soprano Saxophone and Bassoon.



                    "Dreams and Anxieties in the Dune-Like Fragments of Her Body" commissioned work in progress for Soprano Saxophone and Bassoon.

Radical concept nativism is the thesis that virtually all notational concepts are innate. Notoriously endorsed by Jerry Fodor, radical concept nativism has had few supporters. However, it has proven difficult to say exactly what's wrong with Fodor's argument. We show that previous responses are inadequate on a number of grounds. 

Chief among these is that they typically do not achieve sufficient distance from Fodor's dialectic, and, as a result, they do not illuminate the central question of how new primitive concepts are acquired. To achieve a fully satisfactory response to Fodor's argument, one has to juxtapose questions about conceptual content with questions about cognitive development. 

To this end, we formulate a general schema for thinking about how concepts are acquired and then present a detailed illustration.


Nativism is a theory advanced by a number of leading evolutionary psychologists, especially Steven Pinker.


Nativism is the view that there are certain intuitive psychological distinctions that develop in individuals or populations, things like aesthetic preferences, and that there are widely held characteristics that are a part of all human beings by virtue of genetics, like language, sound and forethought. 


Purely through the genetically determined features of development, psychological features will emerge.


Neuroconstructivism, by contrast, is a view articulated best by Annette-Karmiloff Smith. The view asserts, basically, that there are a number of psychological features which are actively influenced by the environment. 





We have to have an environment behave in a certain way, Karmiloff-Smith argues, in order to realize what we consider a "neuro-typical" brain and mind. This doesn't reject the significance of genetic considerations, but rather includes a caveat: that we are really bound up in a discussion of complex factors in the development of our psychology.