Wednesday, October 26, 2016

"Split By An Immense Roar" for Chamber Orchestra, et al

"Split By An Immense Roar" for Chamber Orchestra, et al: 
Bil Smith Composer (2014)
Compositional Concept Funded and Devised by Louise Lord. 
Execution by Jeorne Balette (IRCAM). With assistance from the NYPD, Johnson Tremidy, Donald Foerbasch, Radio France, Verizon and The Locke Family.
Phasation Two: The meaning of compositional content of this experience is corporeal. 
It seems to be in a category all of it's own; categorized with it's descriptions of essence; description is to be extolled for it's accuracy, effectiveness and aptness. Add kinesthetic and synesthetic aspect of the very absence of certainty and uncertainty.
Thematic cues from the following:
Asthenolagnia...Autem Morte...Attractancy...Atracador...Auto-Onanism...Auxocyte...Avisodomy...Axillism...Ayuga...Azona...

The recording On SoundCloud:

Large Format Score: Revised "Swellow" For Three Trumpets: F Trumpet, E# Trumpet and G Trumpet

Swellow.  Large Format Score for three trumpets: DETAIL
Swellow.  Large Format Score for three trumpets

Performance A:  The Parlor, Soho, NY. NY.  June 3 2014

Performance B: Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon.  June 4 2014

Performance C: Davis Museum. Wellesley College. June 5 2014

Performance D: NYU Langone Medical Center. June 6 2014

Swellow.  Large Format Score for three trumpets: DETAIL

Swellow.  Large Format Score for three trumpets: DETAIL

Swellow.  Large Format Score for three trumpets: DETAIL

Swellow.  Large Format Score for three trumpets: DETAIL

Swellow.  Large Format Score for three trumpets: DETAIL

"Similar Monomania" For Orchestra and Seven (7) Pianos. Bil Smith Composer

"Similar Monomania" For Orchestra and Seven Pianos (2012). Bil Smith Composer
Supported by a contribution from Balenciaga and Chief Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière.
"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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Saturday, October 22, 2016

"Testent". The Recording.

Extended Orchestra refers to an expansion of instrumentation beyond the traditional orchestral modicum. In this piece it involves adding a prescribed number (in this performance 18) of non-traditional orchestral instruments. While the score for the instruments is carefully notated, the instrument selection is left up to the key stakeholders of the performance.

"Form and referent coincide, and response rarely goes beyond the initial frisson. In creating a score of this magnitude, it is not the immediate, visceral reaction but the critical reception, the work’s potential to generate independent thinking, that matters.

By going back to timeless archetypes, he bypasses the slag heap of historicism and yokes the orchestra to a heavy sense of time, far from the everyday and the customary.

It does so, however, without falling prey to the transcendental consolations of the sublime that serve to empower the viewer at the expense of introspection. This music is resolutely opaque...

...Smith is not shy about seeing himself as something of a traditionalist, as his strategic deployment of outmoded forms makes plain—and yet the dynamic quality of his relationship with history is clearest when considered in terms of his unconventional choices in instrumentation."

- Alexander Wong, "The Japan Times"

Listen on SoundCloud:

The Chabian Score

Gustavo Chab and Score

The Double Bass. A Technical Study by Eric Daino

The Double Bass.  A Technical Study by Eric Daino

"Contemporary Notation/Technique Bibliography" from Indiana University

"Contemporary Notation/Technique Bibliography" 

from Indiana University

"The 20th Century Trombone". A Resource for Composers and Performers by Kerry Jane Baldwin

"The 20th Century Trombone".   

A Resource for Composers and Performers 

by Kerry Jane Baldwin

Friday, October 21, 2016

"Frolic" For String Quartet

A Look At Oulipo: "Luc Etienne Périn" for Prescript Chamber Ensemble

"Luc Etienne Périn" for Prescript Chamber Ensemble:  A Look At Oulipo

In 2010, I was approached by a unique individual by the name of Bernard Charron (not sure it was his real name). 

He asked me about my music and we moved onto the subject of literature and writing. This led to a lengthly discussion about the Oulipo and our respective opinions about their oeuvre. Some months later he contacted me and asked if I would be interested in writing short musical 'vignettes' as he described them, mimicking the Oulipian aesthetic utilizing my "compaction music" techniques.

I found the concept interesting, but at the time I was quite busy with other commitments. He returned to me several weeks later and stated that he had secured a grant from Société Générale Group to allow me to pursue this endeavor.

Luc Étienne Périn
Here I present one of a number of these works, composed for "Prescript Chamber Ensemble", performed by the members of the Juilliard Faculty in NY, The Boston Symphony, Ensemble Debrosses and The Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Luc Étienne Périn, also known as Luc Étienne, (1908–1984) was a French writer and a proponent of 'pataphysics. He was born on 8 September 1908, in the small town of Neuflize, in the Ardennes, and died on 27 November 1984, in Reims.

After having studied in Charleville, he went on, in 1945, to teach mathematics and physics in a secondary school in Reims. In 1952, his first pataphysical works were published in the books of the College of 'Pataphysics, whose Regent and Chief of Practical Work he later became.

He published 'The Art of the Spoonerism' in 1957, and maintained until his death a weekly section of linguistic gaffes in the French satirical newspaper, Le Canard enchaîné.

In 1970, he became a member of the equally experimental Oulipo.


"Luc Etienne Périn" for Prescript Chamber Ensemble on SoundCloud:

Luc Étienne Périn, also known as Luc Étienne, (1908–1984) was a French writer and a proponent of 'pataphysics. He was born on 8 September 1908, in ...

Kähler Manifold. Bil Smith Composer

Kähler Manifold

Commissioned by Kose, CHUO-KU, Japan

Bil Smith Composer

Contemporary Composition has a bad rap these days.  Some say it’s just intellectual masturbation — that you’ll spend your life engaging in an activity that you find stimulating but that will never produce anything of value.
I don’t think that’s right. Typically masturbation stays between you and the occasional family member who’s unfortunate enough to open the door without knocking. Composition, by contrast, is meant to be shared.
That’s why being a professional composer is more like making a living donating your gametes to strangers.  Masturbation might be involved, but if so it’s just the beginning.  Eventually you can spawn something great. 
One day someone might take one of your compositions out of storage, thaw it out, and implant it in a generation of fertile young minds.  So don’t worry if some poor benighted souls fail to see the value of your often-solitary labors.

"Sea Circus Syndrome" for C Trumpet and String Quartet. Bil Smith Composer

Sea Circus Syndrome

Stockhausen's Gruppen. The Complete Score

Stockhausen's Gruppen

The Complete Score

Thursday, October 20, 2016

"Extended Techniques for Saxophone". A Guide for Performer & Composer. By Patrick Murphy

"Extended Techniques for Saxophone".  

A Guide for Performer & Composer.  

By Patrick Murphy

"Harrison Birtwistle: His Music For Trumpet" by Kurt L. Bonnett.

Harrison Birtwistle:  His Music For Trumpet by Kurt L. Bonnett.

Extended Trumpet Techniques for The Composer and The Performer

Extended Trumpet Techniques for The Composer and The Performer 
from Amy Kristine Cherry

I am always on the lookout for resources which may be useful regarding extended techniques for instruments.  This was an interesting find from Amy Kristine Cherry from The University of Cincinnati. 

Topics such as slideless trumpet overtone and pitch tendencies; Kurt Stone's notational method for subtle mute changes and Blatter/Zonn vibrato variances notation present novel tools for the contemporary composer.

From the Abstract...

The impetus for this study was the question of whether extended techniques are actually being taught in college trumpet studio settings as standard skills necessary on the instrument. 

The specific purposes of this document included: 1) catalogue the extended techniques available to today’s trumpet performer, 2) reflect on their current use and address the question of how and when students are introduced to extended techniques, 3) contribute pedagogical exercises and suggestions to aid trumpeters in the study of some of the more challenging techniques, and 4) conclude with a Guided Approach to the literature detailing suggestions for the study of the twenty pieces referenced in this document.

A survey was conducted of the current pedagogical status of extended techniques at the collegiate level. 

The online survey, which included questions regarding how and when students are introduced to extended techniques in their study of the trumpet, was completed by 166 college and university trumpet studio teachers from the United States and Canada. Examination of the results offers a unique view of the attention currently being given to extended techniques in college trumpet studios; they provide insight into specific teaching materials and performance repertoire being used by studio teachers today.

Link to the PDF file:

Monday, October 17, 2016

Disruptive Matter Ensemble

"Oblique Remarks, A Powerful Pull Which Dissolves Cells" 

for Pianos (Prepared, Toyed, Programmed, Isotropic, FibraMorphic, Bösendorfer I and II)


"The brilliant discordance of New Complexity, the anarchic tumult of Free Jazz and the cascading melisma of Byzantine Chant all meld together into a hypnotic synthesis of a new Minimalism."


for Orchestras and Electronics (Celyan Diffuser, Xipbar, Refractive Evodium Resonators, Glass Neun with Radical Tone "Noxious" Pedal, EMS VCS 3 'The Putney') 2013