Sunday, September 30, 2018

"Spomata- Freemano" A Compaction Music. (Recording:13 seconds)


A Compaction Music

Bil Smith Composer

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Reductionists are those who take one theory or phenomenon to be reducible to some other theory or phenomenon. For example, a reductionist regarding mathematics might take any given mathematical theory to be reducible to logic or set theory. 

Or, a reductionist about biological entities like cells might take such entities to be reducible to collections of physico-chemical entities like atoms and molecules. 

The type of reductionism that is currently of most interest in metaphysics and philosophy of mind involves the claim that all sciences are reducible to physics. This is usually taken to entail that all phenomena (including mental phenomena like consciousness) are identical to physical phenomena.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

"Naked At Their Humid, Echoing Recreation". The Score for Cello and Kyma

"Naked At Their Humid, Echoing Recreation". 


The Score for Cello and Kyma

Bil Smith Composer


Commissioned by Fresenius

Published by LNM Editions

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

"Scripted Illusion" for Flute, Clarinet, Viola and Cello. An Oppositional Notation System.

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"Scripted Illusion" 

for Flute, Clarinet, Viola and Cello. 

An Oppositional Notation System.

Bil Smith Composer


Thanks to Dassault Systemes

"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.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

"Vortices and Randomized Topological Solitons in Dense Quark Matter" for Solo 'C' Trumpet (with Temporal Adhesions). Bil Smith Composer

"Vortices and Randomized Topological Solitons in Dense Quark Matter" for Solo 'C' Trumpet (with Temporal Adhesions). Bil Smith Composer, 2011-2014.

World Premiere: Norwood Club, New York, NY.  August 27, 2014.

Commissioned and Sponsored by Altria Group, Inc. and Dickstein Shapiro, LLC.

Monday, September 3, 2018

"The Opportunity To Define an Ideated System of Change"

"Prototypical Andromania".  For Clavichord.  Bil Smith Composer

During a lecture I have given over the past two years, I challenged the notion of creating the unplayable work.

This is not new.
John Cage from The Freeman Etudes

Consider Cage's Freeman Etudes. Cage, himself thought the work to be unplayable.  I participated in Irvine Arditti's morning lecture and demonstration at Darmstadt in 2012 at the Orangerie and his performance of the etudes that evening in concert.

"Immunodeficiency and Political Appetency"  Bil Smith Composer
As a young pianist based in Paris, Pierre-Laurent Aimard had a reputation for being able to play any piece put in front of him. Gyorgi Ligeti took it as a challenge and he set about writing his etudes some of the most difficult music ever composed for the piano. Aimard, who once said, “We are living in a world that is too easygoing," did eventually master the works. 

Jeremy Denk, who recorded some of the individual works in his most recent CD, stated, “[Ligeti’s] written music at the edge of the human possibility for performing it. That is, so fast and complex as to be almost impossible to keep track of."

Iannis Xenakis' solo piano work Evryali includes a note outside the range of the piano, and some clusters where it is physically impossible for the pianist to reach all the notes at once.

"Stereodidymous" for Contrabassoon.  BilSmith Composer

When we consider the unplayable we may take it a step further; what if the instrument as we know it today, is purportedly not physically capable of execution?

But tomorrow?

Herein lies the opportunity to define an ideated system of change.
"Jogappa Edwin, The Psychopomp Who Steered Our Provincial Daydreaming Mother"
Excerpt from "Snatched"  Bil Smith

"Gantusa". For Flugelhorn, Vibraphone and Alto Trombone


 For Flugelhorn, Vibraphone and Alto Trombone

Bil Smith Composer

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"Certain of These Balloonists" for Tuba

"Certain of These Balloonists" 

for Tuba

Bil Smith Composer


Published by LNM Editions

In terms of starting a new composition, an important fact for me is that it’s not genre-specific. It doesn’t reflect back to a particular genre. And that’s what’s engaging to me about it, it’s a very speculative assumption: that one can think about producing a musical score, and making meaning, at the same time understanding that there’s no absolute and stable benchmark to rely on for the stable production of that meaning.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

New Office for Laboratorie New Music and LNM Editions

 Laboratorie New Music and LNM Editions (our publishing arm) are excited about our new location in Tribeca

Our New Location

The  Neighborhood

The  Neighborhood