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.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

"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.

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