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Omong-Omong: Leaning on the Moment

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2004
chamber orchestra,
speaking voices,
gongs, interactive electronics
Olympia Chamber Orchestra and students from Evergreen College, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington

 

leaningonthemoment_voices

Beda III (Differences)

beda_c

2003
Javanese gamelan, viola, flute, and interactive electronics
Version 3 of Beda
Performed by Gamelan Son of Lion, New York

Omong-Omong

omongomong

2003
Javanese gamelan, voices, and interactive electronics
Based on Javanese vocal texts and melodic patterns with mixed pelog, slendro, and 12-tone equal tempered tunings. Composed for instruments built by Lou Harrison and William Colvig.
Center for Contemporary Music Composer Residency
Mills College, Oakland, California

Beda II (Differences)

beda_pk

2002
Javanese gamelan, viola, alto flute, and interactive electronics
Version 2 of Beda
Presented at the New England Gamelan Weekend
Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut

Beda I (Differences)

beda_1ab

2001
Javanese gamelan, violin, flute, and interactive electronics
Explores performance configurations and use of traditional and experimental Javanese and Western structures
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Project
Cornell University Society for the Humanities

Among Twenty Snowy Mountains,

 

The only moving thing

Was the eye of the blackbird.

2000
Soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion
Includes interchangeable parts for 4 of the 6 performers, and optional gamelan instruments.
Text: Wallace Stevens’s Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

Berubah

warde_berubah

1999
Javanese gender, rebab, interactive electronics
Berubah(“change” in Indonesian) engages performers with an almost unpredictable interactive system based on concepts of catastrophe theory.
Read more . . .
Change Over Time: Responsibility and Power in the Midst of Catastrophe, Leonardo Music Journal

Eye of the Day

CD recording

1999
2-channel tape and string quartet
Acoustical beats between tape and players are shaped during performance.
Commissioned by Scott A. Wyatt for the 40th Anniversary of the Experimental Music Studios at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Seamus2000

Autumn Song

The Thousand Sounds

 

1991/1998
Soprano and tape
Insect sounds created in the studio replaced all but one live insect’s sound in this revision of the 1991 version of Autumn Song.
The 1998 version of the tape alone is The Thousand Sounds.

Helios

1997
String quartet
Algorithmically generated score using Lisp and Common Music
ICMC98

Aurelia

1997
Organ
Multiple chance-based techniques and juxtaposed organ timbres applied to a hymn tune
Written for the Womenspirit/Sisterspirit Conference, Unitarian-Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

Ammalagammala

1996
Javanese gamelan ensemble
Re-assignment of garap (traditional playing styles) to different instruments

Circus

1996
Tape
Makes use of speed changes, and voltage-controlled gating/sampling on a Buchla Series 200 analog synthesizer

Magnolias in Rain

1996
Javanese gamelan ensemble
Traditional Javanese pathetan music appears from a “cloud” of sound

Flewmb

1995
Flute and marimba
South Indian tala and chance procedures functioned as structuring devices for the composition
For Kesatuan

No Net

1995
Piccolo, flute, alto flute, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, horn, bass clarinet
Investigation of extended timbral ranges of specific instrument families

Drumming

1995
Yamaha Disklavier and performer (or piano soloist)
4 pitches evoke the South Indian mrdangam (drum)

Staring

1993/1994
Piano
Follows Look!
The piano is re-tuned while it is played.

The Composer

1993
Piano
Imitation and improvisation referring to the composer and pianist Lowndes Maury
University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Cloud

1992
Javanese gender panerus, Lightning Midi Motion Sensor, Roland JV-30 synthesizer, and Atari ST computer
Motion of performer generates acoustical beats between acoustically and electronically generated sound

Look!

1992
Piano
Follows A Glimpse

Clusters

1992
Amplified piano
Extension of piano sounds through amplification
Forum junger komponisten, West Deutsche Rundfunk, Cologne, Germany

Autumn Song

1991
Soprano and 2-channel tape of insect sounds recorded at Alexander Lake, CT (revised 1998)

Light

1990
SATB chorus

Chromosonics:

Alexander Lake

The Lady That’s Known as Lou

1990
Videotapes
Computer system constructed by the composer links image color with sound playback speed

Silliness

1988
Voices and instruments including accordian, guitar, banjo, piano
Children’s theater production

A Pearl

1988
Javanese gender and South Indian mridangam
Links beating frequencies and tala

Aural Enchantment

1987
Cello, flute, piano and tape
Acoustic imitations of recorded sounds
Western NY Institute for the Arts in Education, Buffalo, NY

Envelope

1987
Audiotapes mixed in real time
Environmental recordings mixed indeterminately
Hallwalls Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Imitator Radiator

1987
Flute and piano
Imitation of radiator sounds by acoustic instruments
Performed by New and Used Music
Burchfield Art Center, Buffalo, NY

At Home With Sound

1986
A program of compositions for piano, flute, tape, home electronics
Structure based on timing of daily activities
Performed by New and Used Music
Katherine Cornell Theatre, SUNY Buffalo
Partially funded by Meet the Composer, Inc.

Magnifications

1986
5-section work for piano, flute, and electronics
Environmental sounds recorded over a period of time in the performance space are incorporated into the composition
Performed by New and Used Music
Burchfield Art Center, Buffalo, NY

A Glimpse

1985
Piano
“Cloud” of sound
Bang on a Can Festival, NYC

Music for Electronic Devices

1984
Computer control of an analog synthesizer, within an improvisational setup of tape, synthesizers, and processing equipment
Computer control within an unpredictable situation

The Line Theater

1984
A large black vertical screen upon which white strings and ropes are manipulated to form changing patterns of lines in performance
Visual movement as music

Eight Cellos: Close Together / Far Apart

1984
Cello ensemble
Graphic notation: sound follows shape

Moving Shapes

1983
2-channel electronic tape for dance
Electronic sounds as control voltages

Inside Lines

1982
Piano keyboard and bowed piano strings
Visible lines as sound

Outside Lines

1982
For dancers among trees
Human movement as music

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