Sunday, October 28, 2018

"Silver Stockholm" The Score.

Vertical Orientation

"Silver Stockholm"

For Bass Clarinet, Cello and Harpsichord

Bil Smith Composer

104" X 10"

A Commission From Sage Group

"Subject Heretofore A Marker Of Success" for B Flat Trumpet

"Subject Heretofore A Marker Of Success" 

For Piccolo

Bil Smith Composer

A Commission from Greenwood Capital and Telemundo

"Polygon(e) Epistle" . The Recording

"Polygon(e) Epistle" 

for Chamber Ensemble, Choir, Scalable Sub-Choir (via InterCloud, Analogous Heat Mediated Strata, and Narrated Sub-Plot (compounded events). 

Bil Smith Composer 

Recording available for a limited time on SoundCloud:

"Polarized Agenda" for Clarinet in A

"Polarized Agenda" 

For Clarinet in A

Bil Smith

A Commission from Rheinmetall

"The New Simplexity" (Flute, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Percussion and Piano)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Text Scores, Endangered Languages and Reappropriation


Brythonic Language
I have been conducting research on endangered and obsolete languages over the last several years and how they may be integrated into the fabric of my compositional pursuits.  

An endangered language is a language that is at risk of falling out of use as its speakers die out or shift to speaking another language. Language loss occurs when the language has no more native speakers, and becomes a "dead language." If eventually no one speaks the language at all, it becomes an "extinct language". It has been a very interesting journey discovering recordings of last known survivors of obsolete languages.                                            

My interest in text scores/word events (Check out James Saunders and John Lely's  book "Word Events: Perspectives on Verbal Notation") and reappropriated scores led me to develop certain theorems as to how best to integrate these various mediums into a singular, seamless work.

"Assemble the Mirrors..." is the result of these explorations and I anticipate I am only touching the tip of possibilities of what may come.  


"Assemble the Mirrors Into a Box-Like Structure" (2013)

"Unicycles Flashing Like Jeweled Lances" For Solo Tuba

"Unicycles Flashing Like Jeweled Lances" 

For Solo Tuba

Bil Smith Composer


A Commission from Yamato Holdings

Thursday, October 18, 2018

I Refer to the Perception of All, Including the Composer.

In what follows, I refer to the perception of all, including the composer. I use the word perception to mean the thinking is unclear. Even while writing these ideas there is a lack of clarity. The work seems to be ruined. Logic may be lost entirely. 

Again, if it has worked well for me while other ways have not, then perhaps it is not the most important aspect of the problem. After that the post-conceptual composer is free even to surprise himself. Ideas are discovered by intuition (or, more likely, accident). 

What is the work of notation? This kind of notation is for all composers. I have tried to state them with as much clarity as possible. 

If the statements I make are unclear it may mean the apprehension of the entire composition is unclear. Using complex basic forms only disrupts the unity of the composer, who may or may not be involved in the production of very small works of music. This uncertainty is a kind of regular beat or pulse. 

When the interval between things that can be is no longer important, the work becomes available to all composers and performers. I have found that it becomes the end while the form at the plate is directed at hitting the ball where it is pitched (so to speak). I am involved in post-conceptual composition as the idea or concept. This is the reason for using this method. 

Post-conceptual composition is made to engage the mind of the sense data, the objective of the listener rather than his ear or emotions. The physicality of a three-dimensional object then becomes a contradiction to its non-emotive intent. 

Color, surface, texture, and shape only emphasize the physical aspects of the work. 

When a composer uses a multiple modular method he usually chooses a simple form, repeatedly narrowing the field of the idea or concept. That is the reason for using this method. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018

"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)