Saturday, September 30, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Music for Solo Trumpet and Electronics:
A Repertoire Study
by Michael Edwin Barth
Link to PDF (249 pages)
Friday, September 15, 2017
Link to PDF Article, The 3D Printed Flute
This paper considers the controversy of modern acoustic instruments, which may have come to an evolutionary impasse, due to its high standardization that makes it difficult to explore design modifications. A new approach for the design and fabrication of an acoustic instrument is presented, using digital fabrication technologies, and specifically 3D printing, which has the potential to influence new designs, and to lead to new acoustics and ergonomic innovations. This paper describes the key concepts of this approach, presenting the development process of such a 3D printed instrument—a prototype of a 3D printed concert flute, some other 3D printed elements, and a conceptual example of an innovative trumpet—discussing the potential of the new technology in fabricating and designing of musical instruments.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Bil Smith Composer
The Score (PDF)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
"Too Sharp A Commentary For His Own Role"
The Score For Piano
Bil Smith Composer
Commissioned by Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras)
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Composition is a singular becoming.
Not only is it impossible to reduce composition to something other than itself, but every definition, within a given epoch, is relative to that epoch—that is to say, to the history that gives rise to it. There is no eternal definition.
To speak of composition is always to remake music. This becoming seems to be autonomous; it seems possible for the composer to find beneath the historical accidents a necessary consecution: the notions introduced were necessitated by the solution to a problem—and by virtue of their sole presence amongst the notions that already existed, they pose, in their turn, new problems.
There really is a becoming: the composer embarks upon an adventure which can be arrested only arbitrarily, every moment of which endows it with a radical novelty.