Saturday, July 25, 2020

"Verna Blase Tomassi" (A Compaction Music). Recording on SoundCloud







"Verna Blase Tomassi" (A Compaction Music) for Chamber Ensemble, Shortwave Radio, Voice, and Modified Ultra WideBand Transformer 

Performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music, February 2013. 

Bil Smith Composer


From Dan Tramte, "Ursatzing the Unursatzable"



Trailer to Dan's project Ursatzing the unursatzable.


"This work blurs the distinction between composition and theory by transforming the latter into a creative practice such as the former, and thus packaging the two into a ‘meta-art-form.’ 


Indeed, the composer/theorist’s virtuosity is measured by two factors: 1) his/her ability to find new and elegant methods to execute the analysis on the spot, and 2) the difficulty level of analysis for the piece at hand. 

I have, and will continue to analyze works by 1960s American Experimentalists (e.g., John Cage, Earle Brown, etc.), New Conceptualists (e.g., Johannes Kreidler), Compaction composers (e.g., Bil Smith Composer), and many more."

-Dan Tramte


Friday, July 24, 2020

Recording: "Trattoria degli Apostoli (dodici)" for Chorus and Electronics


"Trattoria degli Apostoli (dodici)" for Chorus and Electronics utilizing exotic spectrum transformations that manipulate the Gabor matrix; Polarons; Robotic granulation transformations and Acoustic Holography.

This work commissioned by an institutional patron, received its premiere on March 17, 2013 at The Robert J. Hurst Gallery at the Whitney Museum in New York in a private performance. This composition and performance were made possible from a grant from British Airways.  
Inspiration for this work from Michelangelo Pistoletto, Enrico Castellani, Gabrielle Basilico, and Gerhard Richter's "Strips."
Bil Smith Composer

Friday, July 17, 2020

"Salicus" for Flute and Violin


Beginning in 2012, composers at Laboratorie New Music have been working on modifications of the Circos program to create a systematic, fluid tablature system to facilitate compositional structure.  The notion to explore this powerful visualization tool came about from a separate study we were conducting on the implications of 'Big Data' on outcomes relating to visualization and experimental musical tablatures.

The potential of big data is immense.  Eliminate constraints on the size, type, source and complexity of relevant data, and composers can ask bolder questions. Technology limitations that once required sampling or relied on assumptions to simplify high-density data sets have fallen to the march of technology.