Sunday, July 31, 2022

"Mild Divine" for String Quartet. A Commission from Ryanair

New Work: The Dynamic Spatialist Score

Paolo Scheggi's "Intersuperficie curva bianca"

With inspiration from Paolo Scheggi and Enrico Castellani, I began this commission for solo cello with the intent of pushing the boundaries of traditional notation into new dimensions.

I wanted to embrace investigations into the relationship between the surface and depth of the visual field and how it shapes the Cellist’s musical lexicon. In the physical score, I am introducing three monochromatic surfaces each perforated with biomorphic or geometric openings and layered one on top of the other.  Each surface plane measures 32” X 16”. 

The templates that follow represent the layers with the red outline being the bottom layer, the blue  being the middle layer and the black being the top layer.  The three layers are bound together with epoxy and represent a set.

The wide border surrounding the grid of apertures acts as a visual pause, giving the work a notable balance between the dynamism of the openings and the stillness of the balance of the layer.

Executed in a monochromatic white, I seek to present a combination of balance, tension and materiality.

This is simply the initial foundation for the work.  There will be further elements I will introduce as the work progresses.

Top Layer Die Cut Template

Middle Layer Die Cut Template

Bottom Layer Die Cut Template


Advanced Contemporary Techniques For Clarinet by Dr. Adam Berkowitz. PDF Download

Advanced Contemporary Techniques For Clarinet by Dr. Adam Berkowitz

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Friday, July 22, 2022

Updated: The Composer's Sketch Book. Bil Smith Composer.

In the past several years, I have been conducting lectures on a number of compositional topics at Yale, Pace University, University of Chicago, UCLA, University of Miami, North Texas State University, and Cal State Northridge.  ("Alternative Music Tablature Design"; "Dystopian Music; Tactile and Object Oriented Composition"; ""Qualitative Perspectivisation and Syntactic Nomenclature: New Words, New Ecosystems in Notational 

The subject of compositional mapping with a specific focus on strategic and tactical planning of a new project is a prime discussion point.  Ironically, I do believe that are lessons to be found in business fundamentals that can assist us in a systematic methodology which can help stimulate the creative process.

I am posting some pictures from my sketchbooks which draw from the origins of my work.  It's a gallery of photos.