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Annea Lockwood's bayou-borne

Now available from Neuma Publications: Annea Lockwood’s bayou-borne for 6 instrumentalists and/or vocalists

This work allows performers to use a map of bayous near Houston, Texas as a guide for sonic and interactive renderings. The work was composed for a memorial celebration of Pauline Oliveros, which took place in Montreal Canada in 2017. Click here to see more details and a small sample of the score.

Thomas DeLio: Selected Compositions 3

COMING SOON: Thomas DeLio's Selected Compositions III

DeLio’s interest in creating contexts in which to experience sound and text anew is brilliantly realized in the 15 works presented on this CD. In addition to stellar performances by highly respected performers and ensembles, the compositions on this disc vividly bring to life the poetry of Stéfane Mallarmé and P. Inman. Works included are: et avant / image (2011, for flute and percussion ensemble) et absence (2016, for violin and percussion ensemble) – qu’un espace / sépare – (2005, for soprano and percussion ensemble) limn 1 (2017, electroacoustic ) by parch reading (2016, electroacoustic [text: P. Inman]) limn 2 (2017, electroacoustic) wave / s 2002, percussion solo) limn 3 (2017, electroacoustic) Spüren (2016, electroacoustic) limn 4 (2017, electroacoustic) Sherds (for Wes Fuller, 2017, electroacoustic) limn 5 (2017, electroacoustic) “decker” (1998, electroacoustic) limn 6 (2017, electroacoustic) Against the silence… (1984-85, percussion ensemble)

Richard Karpen Strandlines

Richard Karpen: Strandlines / Nam Mái

Nam Mái (2014-15) and Strandlines (2006-7) are cornerstones of the most recent work of American composer Richard Karpen, presented on this recording with stunning clarity by the Seattle Symphony Strings and the Six Tones. The two works share a radical approach to musical composition, which has brought Karpen into intense collaborations with a number of musicians from very different traditions over the past fifteen years. With a wish to explore forms of musical creation emerging from the very fabric of the sounding material – rather than from the abstraction of the written score – this music is largely conceived through joint exploration, and through the kind of responsive listening often associated with the processes of composing electronic music.

Strandlines, a large-scale piece for 6-string guitar and computer, was vital in this development. The piece was created in 2006 and 2007 through an extensive collaborative process, involving Richard Karpen and the guitarist Stefan Östersjö.

Nam Mái is the third and most ambitious work with the Six Tones in which Karpen employs these methods of collaboration with a larger group of performers...READ MORE

James Dashow: Soundings in Pure Duration 1

James Dashow: Soundings in Pure Duration Vol. 1 (DVD)

James Dashow is certainly one of the most significant composers of electronic music in our time. Over a span of more than 45 years he has created a large significant, intricate, highly emotional, and stunningly beautiful body of work. This is especially evident in his series, “Soundings in Pure Duration”, composed over the past decade, represented in part on this DVD. The music heard here represents the fruition of decades of work developing computer techniques that enable Dashow to achieve a unique compositional approach.

Works on the DVD are presented in both stereo and 5.0 surround utilizing full-range speakers with no subwoofer. Compositions included are:

Soundings in Pure Duration, n. 2a (2009, rev. 2015, for pre-recorded percussion and computer sound)

Soundings in Pure Duration, n. 2b (2013, for pre-recorded percussion and computer sound)

Soundings in Pure Duration, n. 3 (2011, for guitar and computer sound)

Soundings in Pure Duration, n. 4 (2012, for viola and computer sound)

Soundings in Pure Duration, n. 5 (2012, for harp and computer sound)

Soundings in Pure Duration, n. 6 (2014, computer sound) ...READ MORE

NEW RELEASES

Richard Karpen Strandlines

Richard Karpen: Strandlines / Nam Mái

March 22, 2019

Nam Mái (2014-15) and Strandlines (2006-7) are cornerstones of the most recent work of American composer Richard Karpen, presented on this recording with stunning clarity by the Seattle Symphony Strings and the Six Tones. The two works share a radical approach to musical composition, which has brought Karpen into intense collaborations with a number of musicians from very different traditions over the past fifteen years. With a wish to explore forms of musical creation emerging from the very fabric of the sounding material – rather than from the abstraction of the written score – this music is largely conceived through joint exploration, and through the kind of responsive listening often associated with the processes of composing electronic music...READ MORE


James Dashow: Soundings in Pure Duration 1

James Dashow: Soundings in Pure Duration Vol. 1 (DVD)

March 22, 2019

James Dashow is certainly one of the most significant composers of electronic music in our time. Over a span of more than 45 years he has created a large significant, intricate, highly emotional, and stunningly beautiful body of work. This is especially evident in his series, “Soundings in Pure Duration”, composed over the past decade, represented in part on this DVD. The music heard here represents the fruition of decades of work developing computer techniques that enable Dashow to achieve a unique compositional approach.

Works on the DVD are presented in both stereo and 5.0 surround utilizing full-range speakers with no subwoofer Compositions included are:

Soundings in Pure Duration, n. 2a (2009, rev. 2015, for pre-recorded percussion and computer sound)

Soundings in Pure Duration, n. 2b (2013, for pre-recorded percussion...READ MORE

Dashow: Scenes from Archimedes

James Dashow: Three Scenes from Archimedes and Media Survival Kit in Surround-Sound and Stereo DVD

Over an eight-year span (2000-2008), pioneering composer James Dashow created his surround-sound fixed media opera, Archimedes, which is intended to be presented in a planetarium along with animated graphics that are projected on the ceiling as the opera unfolds. In many ways, this opera is interesting for historical reasons, one of which is that the technology used during the time of creation inevitably changed and yielded variations in the modes of presentation. (These have been streamlined on the DVD for a more seamless experience). But also, the opera offers a unique glimpse into the composer’s personality and extraordinary technical skills with sound synthesis techniques. Taken together, the sound and video offer a dramatic rendition of the story of Archimedes, excerpted in three acts available in either stereo or 5.0 surround (full-spectrum speakers with no subwoofer)... READ MORE

Dariousz Mazurowski: Hidden Dimensions

Dariusz Mazurowski: Hidden Dimensions

September 14, 2018

Christopher Shultis, one of the world’s foremost experts on John Cage and American experimental music, presents his earliest compositions in this historical document, which chronicles his transition from percussionist extraordinaire to fearless composer. Three things motivated the creation of this profoundly spiritual music: Shultis’s tragic and still undiagnosed hand injuries, which forced him to stop playing all together, the personal connections he made with dozens of important composers through the ensemble he directed, and Shultis’s extensive research in American Studies...READ MORE