60x60 is a project containing 60 compositions from 60 different composers, where each composition is 60 seconds (or less) in duration. This double disc contains 2 years worth of compositions 60 works from 2004 and another 60 works from 2005.
60x60 presents a cross-section of contemporary music, including the various styles, aesthetics and techniques being used by the composers of today. The works in this volume of the 60x60 project represent the submissions received for the years 2004 and 2005.
This compact disc adaptation of the 60x60 project is created for 3 different listening methods: The first is sequentially; each work is listened to in a designated order. The second is on random play, where there is no order. And the third is to listen to each work repeatedly for an extended period of time.
Each method brings a different view and understanding to the composer's work and vision.
60x60 combines grassroots ideology with cutting-edge methods of presentation and distribution. Each year the project grows in artistic and distributive scope. Achieving its initiative, the 60x60 promotes contemporary composition across the globe.
1) "Counting Time" - Justin Breame
Justin Breame is self-taught composer and teacher from Norfolk, England. His concert works range from solo Guitar to choral and orchestral. “Counting Time takes the number of seconds in a minute, combine with the chance element of 59 friends/pupils choosing three random numbers between 1 and 59 and record them on low-tech equipment.
2) "Sazmin" - Robert Gluck
Bob Gluck is a composer/performer of interactive sound installation and live electronic performance. Gluck is an Assistant professor and Director of the Electronic Music Studios at The University of Albany, and he is also Associate Director at the Electronic Music Foundation.
3) "Glass Cutter" - Christian Banasik
Christian Banasik born in Siemianowice, Poland, has lived in Germany since 1974. He has developed an algorithmic composition software (AFSTS 1) for the Atari ST computers. He was chairman of the music department in the guild of artist “Kunstlergilde NRW”. Banasik also served as the artistic director of the ensemble “go ahead”. "Glass Cutter" was composed with materials of usual table-ware as glasses, cups, some saucers and some kitchen sounds.
4) "Just a minute…" - John Allemeier
Allemeier received his Ph.D. in Composition from the University of Iowa, his MM in Composition from Northwestern University and his BA of Music in Performance from Augustana College. He currently teaches at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. "Just a minute…" was realized in Wiesbaden, Germany.
5) "Hacked Metal" - Mark Henry
Mark Henry has recently completed a PhD in Music Composition at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. "Hacked Metal" is a play on its source sound. There are interjections of reality into the textural landscape. The opening expansive phrase becomes hacked by this punctuation until the final full stop brings the piece to a premature end.
6) "submersion/subversion/heart" - Killick
Killick plays H'arpeggione, a sympathetic stringed instrument. Killick's style blends primitive folk, heavy metal and sacred music into a doomy/pretty/physically exhausting voice. Killick founded and runs Solponticello Records. “submersion/subversion/heart": is a testing of electric waters. Here I highlight a deliberate blurring of the line between raw and processed sound, appropriate for these gray times we inhabit.”
7) "Trottenbach" - Thomas Sutter
Wittgenstein youth is a chamber noise ensemble consisting of Heinrich maneuver (percussion and voice), Tracy Andreotti (cello and Voice), and Thomas Sutter (Guitar, Electronics, and Voice. "Trottenbach" is a miniature portrait in sound of the town where Ludwig Wittgenstein began his controversial career in education.
8) "broken time" - Jacky Schreiber
Jacky Schreiber has been involved in electroacoustic-computer-electronic-contemporary-and the like music for over 20 years, he has written/performed music for theater plays, multimedia shows and audiovisual media.
9) "Monorail" - Meri von KleinSmid
Meri von KleinSmid is a classically trained musician, composer and sound-artist, with and academic background in Western music and ethnomusicology. Her primary aim is to create work that challenges the listener psychologically. Von KleinSmid studied at the University of Washington and Columbia College in Chicago. She has been a collector of found sound since age eight. "Monorail" was inspired by an evening journey using this mode of transportation.
10) "Polk Pond" - Douglas Geers
Doug Geers began composing music with computers shortly after his Dad brought home an Atari 800 in 1983. Since then, he has used technology in nearly all of his works, and now focuses on composing for instruments with live electronics, often in multimedia contexts. Polk is a small town in northeastern Ohio where my sister and her family live, and on their land is a small pond teeming with frogs, birds, insects, fish, and more. "Polk Pond" imagines a late night “mini-concert” of the pond’s denizens, using sampled animal noises as its sound sources.
11) "Krikisque" - Dennis Báthory-Kitsz
For four decades, Báthory-Kitsz has made nonpop music for ensembles, electronics, sound sculptures, dancers, radio, media environments and performance art. He co-hosted Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar for 10 years, and is now working on the productivity project “We Are All Mozart”. "Krikisque" is how “crickets” was said when we were all kids in New Jersey. The whole piece is created from the chirp heard at the end.”
12) "blurB" - Karlheinz Essl
Born in Vienna, Essl studied composition with Friedrich Cerha. Besides writing instrumental music, Karlheinz Essl also works in the field of electronic music, interactive, real-time compositions and sound installations. He is Professor of Composition at the Music University of Vienna, Austria. “blurB is based on the chamber music piece blur. blurB can be perceived as the auratic essence of blur: as if the original composition was played 15 times faster through the D key of a vibraphone.
13) "Nearly Hidden" - David McIntire
David McIntire was born in upstate NY. He became fascinated with electronic music at an early age and later wore out many razor blades in pursuit of that discipline. He played in a series of eccentric and overly idealistic musical groups, most notably the Colorblind James Experience. He is a DMA candidate in composition at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
14) "ALL OVER AGAIN" - Sandeep Bhagwati
Sandeep Bhagwati was born in Bombay, India and went to Europe at age of six. His artistic work spans music, theatre, and art and has been performed by Ensemble Modern and Munich Philharmonic. He currently is Canada Research Chair for Inter-X Art at Concordia University Montreal. “ALL OVER AGAIN is an aerially foreshortened view of a poem with the same title by Louis MacNeice, read by another poet, Ulrike Draesner, and it excerpts just one strand on MacNeice’s longer poem, an imagined love-story. The music in the background is my own, lifted from other pieces, cut and dried.”
15) "Return to Misty Magic Land" - Allen Strange
Involved with music technology since the middle 1960's, Allen Strange has remained active as a composer, performer, author, and educator. His 1972 text, Electronic Music: Systems, Techniques, and Controls, appeared as the first comprehensive work on analog music synthesis. With his wife, Patricia, he co-founded two electronic music ensembles: BIOME, a pioneering live-electronic music ensemble with Frank McCarty in 1969 and The Electric Weasel Ensemble with synthesizer designer Donald Buchla in 1976. He is Professor Emeritus from San Jose State University in California and lives on an island in the Puget Sound. "Return to Misty Magic Land" is a work in the collection Brief Visits to Imaginary Places. Misty Magic Land is the home of the Promethea character in writer Alan Moore's graphic novels.
16) "Wave" - Aaron Acosta
Aaron Acosta is a graduate from the College of Santa Fe with a BA in Sound Design in Media. With skills in theatre and film production, what Acosta most likes is sound. Sound helps us interpret the world in a unique way with frequency, amplitude and time: he chooses to explore these realms “'Wave' is an electro acoustic composition created with conventional synthesis and sound FX. It captures the essence of the surf for me.”
17) "Sodium" - Ray Cole
Ray Cole is a San Francisco-based new music composer and multimedia producer. He has studied privately with San Diego composer Igor Korneitchouk. "Sodium" was recorded with the kind assistance of David Helpling at DHM Music Design and Igor Korneitchouk at The Studio At The Post.
18) "One Minute of Eternity" - Serban Nichifor
Nichifor, born in Bucharest, received his PhD in Musicology at National University of Music, Bucharest. He is the Vice-president of the Romania-Belgium, cellist of the Duo Intermedia and co-director of the Nuova Musica Consonante - Living Music Foundation Inc. Festival. He is presently a professor at the National University of Music, Bucharest
19) "Hora" - Liana Alexandra
Liana Alexandra, born in Bucharest, is a professor at the National University of Music of Bucharest. She is a member of Duo Intermedia and co-director of the Nuova Musica Consonate-Living Music Foundation Inc. Festival. She has received many prizes including: Prize of the Union of Romanian Composers, Gaudeamus Prize,- First Prize “Carl Maria von Weber”, Dresden, and Prize of Beer-Sheva, Israel.
20) "Riffineff" - David Jaggard
David Jaggard is an American composer and humorist who lives in France. His compositions have been recorded on Sonic Circuits, New Albion and Music and Arts, and he is a contributor to the websites McSweeney's and The Big Jewel in addition to writing his own humor site, Quorum of One. “Riffineff”, dedicated to the pianist Guy Livingston, is part of a series of jazz-based works called “Zzonatas”.
21) "Middle East Peace Talks" - Benjamin Boone & James Miley
A composer and jazz saxophonist, Boone’s compositions have received numerous national/international awards, appear on 18 CD’s by leading performers and received performances in venues from Carnegie Hall to Bavarian National Radio. Boone is currently an Associate Professor at California State University, Fresno. Co-composer James Miley, Recipient of the IAJE 2004 Gil Evans fellowship is currently an Assistant Professor of music at Virginia Tech. Both Appear on the Electronic Music Foundation Compilation CD, State of the Union 2001. “In one of the world’s most volatile regions, negotiators blow their chance at peace by resorting to meaningless babble.”
22) "dénouement" - Noah Creshevsky
Noah Creshevsky is the former director of the Center for Computer Music and Professor Emeritus at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Creshevsky's most recent hyperrealist compositions explore the fragmentation and reconstruction of preexisting music in combination with original synthetic and acoustic materials.
23) "The Tunnel of Light" - Carlo Forlivesi
Carlo Forlivesi studied at Bologna and Milan Conservatories, Rome Academy, before joining IRCAM, DIEM, Tokyo Music College and Northwestern University with research fellowships from the governments of Italy, Denmark, Japan and the Fulbright Commission. Ascending to an immense light through a cylindrical tunnel, concentric circles are seen in perspective in completely dark surroundings, "The Tunnel of Light" sound work, after Hieronymus Bosch’s The Tunnel of Light, opposes an apparently disordered but rather structured activity (vision) to an almost static sound stripe (contemplation).
24) "Fugitive " - Larry Gaab
Composing contemporary music in his studio in Chico, California, the artist produces, engineers, and masters the music collections. The work Fugitive was chosen from 7 other pieces especially composed for the Vox Novus 60x60 project. The music is a fugitive piece or ephemeral composition representing energy in bursts of tone and pitch, through its short life.
25) "Od Soluna do Tetovo " - Robert Sazdov
Robert Sazdov is a composer currently based in Sydney, Australia. Robert is currently lecturing in composition and music technology at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. Od Soluna do Tetovo is an adaptation of a traditional Macedonian song, ‘The Moon Shined from Solun to Tetovo’ dating from the mid-19th Century. The song was interpreted by the late Vaska Ilieva as taken from a recording session in Sydney, in 1992 whilst on her Australian tour. This composition is essentially a ‘road trip’ of the ethnographic size of Macedonia as viewed by the Macedonian consciousness in the 19th Century.
26) "Poland is not yet lost" - Paul Steenhuisen
Paul Steenhuisen was raised in Vancouver by parents from The Netherlands and Curaçao. In addition to earning his doctoral degree from the University of British Columbia under the direction of Keith Hamel, Paul Steenhuisen studied with Louis Andriessen, Michael Finnissy and Tristan Murail. Paul Steenhuisen was composer in residence with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and was appointed Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Alberta. "Poland is not yet lost" deploys sonic iconography based on the paintings of Anselm Kiefer.
27) "Le voci di qualcuno" - Giuseppe Rapisarda
Giuseppe Rapisarda was born in Catania. He graduated in Piano, Electroacoustic Music and Music Composition at Istituto Musicale Vincenzo Bellini, Catania, Italy. His music have been performed all around the world. He teaches Electroacoustic Music at Conservatory of Music “V. Bellini” in Palermo, Italy.
28) "Twin Days" - Ramón Gorigoitia
Since 1990 Ramón Gorigoitia has worked as a music editor for German radio and as well as lecturer and director of music workshops. He was recipient of composition prizes from Gaudeamus Foundation and from Anacrusa-Chile. "'Twin Days' is a 59 second long collage from different fragments of electronic music and chamber music pieces composed from me over the last 15 years. It is based on the military putsch against the Chilean Government from Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973. I have put fragments from the last speech from the Chilean president during the attack from general Pinochet, who leads the attack against the government palace."
29) "Digital Muse" - Mark Petering
Mark Petering’s music has been played by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra; Czech National Symphony; Atlantic Chamber Orchestra; and University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble; and have been presented at the Washington Island and Aspen Music Festivals. Created with Max/MSP, "Digital Muse" incorporates the spoken word of the composer’s original haiku and various Shakespeare’s sonnets supported by an underlying, additive synthesis texture. This expresses the duality between civilian life in the U.S. and the chaos in Iraq as seen on TV and heard through direct accounts by the composer’s cousin.
30) "tongues" - Robert Voisey
Writing electronic and acoustic chamber works, Robert Voisey’s composition oscillates from Ambient to Romantic, often featuring his own voice as the primary instrument. Originating from a nontraditional education, Voisey embraces a variety of media to both present and create his music. As Artistic Director of the 60x60 project, Vice President of Programs for the Living Music Foundation, and Founder of Vox Novus, he pioneers innovative approaches to promote, sustain and disseminate the music of today's composers.
31) "Memorial to David Lewin" - Riad Abdel-Gawad
An American born abroad in Cairo, Egypt, Riad Abdel-Gawad is a graduate of the University of Southern California, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Harvard University. The composer plays/composes a taqāsīm---(“improvisation”) on biyāti ‘ala yakāh---literally in Farsi “the second degree mode on the low string”) dubbed over himself playing a drone.
32) "56 Seconds of Creep" - Katrina Wreede
Katrina Wreede has been a professional symphony musician, a jazz violist, a member of the Turtle Island String Quartet, a concert soloist, a belly dancer, a police finger printer, a player of Tango Nuevo, Persian, Jewish, and Central European music and a composer for soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestras, film and dance. 56 Seconds of Creep is written for viola and G-4 Macintosh, and confirms the suspicion that hearing your heartbeat is not always a comforting thing.
33) "Decay Date 14 April 1966" - Eldad Tsabary
The works of Montreal-based Tsabary are decidedly inspired by the concepts of constant motion and fluidity and are often based on intercultural subject-matter. Tsabary is a professor at Concordia University, Montreal. “Decay Date 14 April 1966” begins with a recording of radio transmissions from the soviet surveillance satellite Cosmos 114 (near Stockholm, April 8, 1966 by Sven Grahn.) The decay of the satellite on the following April 14th is portrayed by a cross-fade into an ambient chord progression treated with a varying resolution chopper.
34) "Downtown-Uptown" - James McWilliam
James McWilliam recently completed a Masters degree at Goldsmiths College in London where he studied composition with Roger Redgate. McWilliam also works as an arranger in London. “Downtown-Uptown is an English composer’s interpretation of his first trip to New York. The sounds from "Downtown-Uptown" were all recorded whilst walking through the streets of Manhattan in the winter of 2003, and includes everything from the rain on the sidewalk to the horse in central park. It conveys feelings of excitement, tension, and bewilderment as I experience this city for the first time.”
35) "Glenda in Paris" - Chris Ward
Chris Ward is an electro-optical designer in Portland, Oregon. His past musical works appear on the European napster du jour and occasionally on a Sharpie-inked CD-R. The introduction of Glenda in Paris is an answering machine message from the apartment of a flutist who lived on Rue des Bouchiers in Strasbourg, France. Le Beep is used as the framework, while the gripping vocal intro was provided courtesy of Violaine Contreras (FRA) and Anna-Frida Abrahamsson (SWE).
36) "Glass and steel" - Pat Hanchet
Pat Hanchet composes in a wide range of styles. She teaches strings and composition as well as performing in several local ensembles. She was involved in the manufacture of early woodwinds. She is a member of many musical societies and is Chairman of the local ISM. “Glass and steel” uses bowed and struck glass and steel kitchen implements.
37) "MHLR4" - James Hegarty
James Hegarty founded the music technology program at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, is currently Associate Professor of Music at Principia College, and is a board member of the New Music Circle. He studied computer music with James Phelps at Northern Illinois University. "MHLR4" is based on live performances of an electronically amplified violin supported by very small fragments of Mahler's Symphony No. 4.
38) "The Kiss, for 2 violins, paper, and lips" - Igor Korneitchouk
Korneitchouk is a professor at San Diego’s Mesa College where he teaches composition, music technology, and modern music history. American Record Guide has called his music “cutting edge.” The kiss is for two performers (János Négyesy and Päivikki Nykter) playing violins, paper and their lips. If John Cage can prepare the piano, why can’t one prepare violins? The difference is that there are only 4 strings per violin, so the preparation (e.g. a piece of paper) must be mutable.
39) "A Glimpse Beyond the Zero" - Steven Ricks
Steven Ricks holds degrees from the Brigham Young University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Utah and received a Certificate of Advanced Musical Studies from King’s College London for his work with Sir Harrison Birtwistle. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University where he directs the Electronic Music Studio and the Group for New Music. "A Glimpse Beyond the Zero" is a snapshot of the primary musical gestures in one of my current works-in-progress for violin and electronics. “Beyond the zero” comes from Thomas Pynchon’s novel Gravity’s Rainbow, and is meant to suggest the idea of crossing thresholds into spiritual or supernatural realms.
40) "Cat purring by an open window, variation 1" - Joseph Vogel
Joseph M. Vogel graduated with a MA in Music Composition from the University of Minnesota. He writes both electronic and acoustic works and is interested in the use of text with music, acoustics and psychoacoustics, along with performance art. Cat purring by an open window, variation 1 is the first of a series of digital manipulations on recordings of Vogel’s old cat and was recorded in a fifth floor loft in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota.
41) ":60 FIZZ" - Maggi Payne
Maggi Payne is Co-Director of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College where she teaches recording engineering, composition, and electronic music. Her works often include visual elements which she creates, including video, dance, slides, and film. “In this piece the low frequency pulse was generated by feedback in my system due to a broken pot (now repaired); the other two sounds were a faint sound created by a toilet tank disequilibrium state processed with granular synthesis, and unprocessed ‘fizz.’”
42) "Descent" - Jason Bolte
Jason Bolte is currently pursuing a DMA at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he is a Chancellor's Doctoral Fellow. He is also an Adjunct Instructor of Music at the Kansas City Kansas Community College. Jason holds a B.M. with an emphasis in Music Engineering Technology and a MM in Music Composition from Ball State University. Descent was composed as a study for a larger work based on the poem “And Death Shall Have No Dominion” by Dylan Thomas.
43) "Exotic Fruits" - David Mooney
Mooney is a self-taught composer of fixed music on disc. After early experimentation with tape recorders, he digressed for two decades through the visual arts before returning to music in the early 1990’s. “The sounds for Exotic Fruits derive from recordings of a pin dropped onto a metal cookie sheet, composed in response to an overabundance of loud music at a festival. I found myself longing for quiet works. How quiet? Quiet enough to hear a pin drop.”
44) "into the woods"- Charles Norman Mason
Mason has received numerous awards including the Rome Prize and International Bourges Electro-Acoustic Competition. Mason is Executive director of Living Music Foundation, Inc. and teaches composition at Birmingham-Southern College. The title, into the woods, refers to the source of the sounds and a description of the atmosphere that is evoked.
45) "Rituals Minipod" - Peter Gilbert
Peter Gilbert's music has been performed in the US and abroad in venues ranging from the Kennedy Center to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He directs and is on the faculty at The Young Composers Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he received Masters in composition. He currently teaches and dissertates at Harvard University while learning to play the drums. "Rituals Minipod" was assembled during a residency in Bourges, France at the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique Bourges.
46) "X-R Drums" - Richard O'Donnell
He is director of the Electronic Music Studio and Percussion Department at Washington University, music director of the St. Louis New Music Circle, was principal percussionist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra until he retired in 2002. As an instrument builder, he has produced many original instruments including: sphrahng, aqua-lips, koto-veen, tubalum and XR-drums. He has received NEA and Mid-America Arts Alliance/Meet the Composer grants for his work. These 60 seconds reflect a life of composing electronic music, playing and inventing percussion instruments. The sound sources for X-R Drums, (except for the Tibetan bowls), are all of percussion instruments created by O'Donnell.
47) "Danza, for cello solo" - Elvio Cipollone
Born in Verona, Elvio Cipollone studies with Salvatore Sciarrino and Philippe Leroux. Finalist for Gaudeamus, Auros and OFF, he has also been selected for Royaumont's "Voix Nouvelles" and IRCAM's Cursus. He teaches at Marc Bloch University and at IRCAM. “On every acoustic instrument, the global sonic result is composed by what we properly call “sound” plus some kind of residual ‘noise.’ If we isolate, and focus on this noise, a cello may transform into a percussion instrument. This tribal dance uses some in order to build a ‘one-arch bridge’ whose structure becomes thinner and thinner, before finding again her way down in a mirror.”
48) "Dididahdit" - Solange Kershaw
Solange Kershaw is a composer based in Australia. Among others, she has produced many works for radio, theatre and sound art installations. Dididahdit is created for 60x60, repeating the word s-I-x-t-y in mores code and has a little fun building itself around the emerging pattern.
49) "A Minute of Madness #8 " - John Schappert
John Schappert's education is in music, the computer sciences and systems engineering. He has been a musician, chef, computer operator, database and systems administrator, systems engineer, house-husband, caretaker, and home-school teacher. His passions for music, Christian spirituality, art, and systems engineering come together to create a fusion of unique sound design and construction.
50) "Kettle Music" - J. Ryan Garber
J. Ryan Garber is Associate Professor of Music at Carson-Newman College. A native of Virginia, he received degrees from James Madison University and The Florida State University. His music has been awarded and recognized by a variety of organizations. “Kettle Music” is a quick voyage into an imaginary world where timpani play what is not possible in the real world: very high and low pitches, passages of great speed, and many notes at once.
51) "Conch Call Evolution" - David Gamper
David Gamper moves freely among the worlds of composition, improvisation, and live computer processing. His current primary focus is SeeHearNow, a collaboration with photographer Gisela Gamper.installations. “'Conch Call' Evolution is a recording of a live performance in its entirety using my customary performer controlled sound processing environment. A blast from my conch shell is fed around a matrix of delays, which are modulating in just tuned fifths while I control several feedback loops.”
52) "Full Fathom Five" - Bernard Hughes
Bernard Hughes lives in London. His work has been performed by several major ensembles and performers including the BBC Singers at major venues and on BBC Radio. An interest in writing for children led to a children’s opera on a Bengali folk-tale, commissioned by the London-based company W11 Opera. Full Fathom Five was written as part of incidental music for a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and is set for digitally-processed voice sung by Sarah Lambie with MIDI mandolin.
53) "From Pianalan" - George Brunner
Brunner is a composer and performer, researcher/writer, recording engineer/producer and teacher. Brunner has served as composer-in-residence at Electroacoustic Music Studios in Stockholm, Sweden and at Kungliga Musikhögskolan I Stockholm, Sweden. He is at present writing a book on Text Sound Composition and is considered an authority on the subject. Brunner was Co-Director of the first Electroacoustic Music Festival in Bilgi University, Istanbul Brunner currently serves as the Director of Music Technology for the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, and is the founder of the Brooklyn College Electroacoustic Music Ensemble. He is the founder and coordinator of the semiannual International Electroacoustic Music Festival at Brooklyn College.
54) "Ancient Connections"- Benedikt Brydern
Benedikt Brydern is a violinist and composer based in Santa Monica, California. He composes for the concert stage as well for feature films. He won the William Lincer Award and the Marmor Foundation Award in 2002 and 2003. Brydern guest lectures about the film scoring and musical challenges in Hollywood film.
55) "V-I" - Daniel Goode
Daniel Goode, composer and clarinetist, was born in New York. His solo, ensemble and intermedia works have been performed worldwide. He is co-founder/director of the DownTown Ensemble formed in 1983. And in 2004 he founded, and directs the Flexible Orchestra. “Using circular breathing, I express on the clarinet the most basic chord progression in music. This composition was part of the original set of pieces titled Clarinet Songs. In the original conception of the piece, the “V” can last an indeterminate time, but the “I” would always be a mere eighth note in length.”
56) "GVAL 2" - Vladimir Tošić
Vladimir Tošić, is a composer, multimedia artist and professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. His approach to composing is the reductionistic principle. All his pieces are based on particularly small number or various elements, sometimes even one. Therefore almost every composition of Vladimir Tošić may be said to have certain significant and noticeable common characteristics: processual organization, symmetrical arc form, repetition and an insistence on timbre. "GVAL 2", is a processual and repetitive composition. The piece is the second of five variations created on the sequence of eight tones of harmonic series of the tone C.
57) "W.B.Q." - Julia Norton
Originally from England, Julia lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she composes vocal music for theatre and solo voices. She draws her inspiration from the emotional heart of a subject and uses extended vocal technique to seek out the edges of discomfort, irreverence and harmony. She found she had to somewhat limit her voice as a singer of folk, rock or even jazz, but in using her voice as a compositional instrument she has found the vocal freedom she always craved.
58) "Salvation is the Lord’s" - Jason Heald
Dr Jason Heald is a conductor, performer, clinician, and professor in the Pacific Northwest. Heald holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Oregon and is Chairman of the Fine and Performing arts Department at Umpqua Community College. Dr Heald was the winner of the Grand Prize at the Cascadian Choral Composition Competition. The text is taken from the Breastplate of St. Patrick. The translation is as follows: Salvation is the Lord’s. / Salvation is the Lord’s. / Salvation is the Christ’s. / May Thy Salvation, O lord, be always with us.
59) "Twisted Numbers" - Jethro Bagust
Jethro Bagust is an ex-part time data entry clerk who spends most of his time fashioning musical, lyrical electronica. Also known as “The Worlds Phattest Yorkshireman”, he has attracted a following in said county, earning a residency at a locally renowned DJ-bar and often appearing at free parties diffusing live versions of his own tracks alongside a diverse mash of electronic music.
60) "The One Minute Piece That Took Me Ages To Do And Which Is Really Impressive" - Moritz Eggert
German composer Moritz Eggert has covered all genres in his work - his oeuvre includes 7 operas as ballets and works for dance and music theatre, often with unusual performance elements. German TV produced a feature-length film portrait about his music. It should be noted that "The One Minute Piece That Took Me Ages To Do And Which Is Really Impressive" uses natural sounds produced by the mouth of the composer without any electronic tinkering or modulation.
1) "Train Racer" - Adam Sovkoplas
Adam Sovkoplas was born in Brownsville, Texas. He holds a BA in Music from UT-Brownsville where he studied with Richard Urbis, a MM in Theory/Comp from SHSU where he studied with Trent Hanna and Thomas Couvillon, and is currently working on his DMA in Composition at UK with Joe Baber. "Train Racer" is a programmatic work depicting an automobile racing to beat a train across the tracks. The listener starts as if on the train but after impact, is left near the scene of the accident. The piece ends with the train fading into the distance and sirens mark those speeding to the rescue.
2) "Minute Distance " - Mike McFerron
Mike McFerron is an associate professor of music and composer-in- residence at Lewis University. He is founder and co-director of Electronic Music Midwest. Minute Distances was realized entirely using Csound, and it uses only samples of a marimba as its sound source. The marimba samples are at times slightly modified; however, throughout the work, the essence of the marimba remains. "Minute Distances" is representative of my interest in textural shape, spatialization, balancing macro and micro composition processes, and mono-thematicism.
3) "Pianobsession " - Paul Clouvel
Paul Clouvel is an electroacoustic and contemporary music composer living in France. He studied orchestra conducting, then he graduated twice in electroacoustic composition at the National Music Conservatory in Bourges and studied composition and computer music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon. He also studied sound design, music management and computer music (IRCAM, Berklee College of Music) Paul Clouvel works as a freelance composer, editor, and is the artistic director of Elektramusic. "Pianobsession" is a one-sequence music work where a fake-piano plays short phrases as the manner of John Cage’s music, responding to electroacoustic – concrete sounds.
4) "A 12-Step Rag for the Tonally Co-Dependent"- John Bilotta
John Bilotta was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, but has spent most his life in the San Francisco Bay Area where he studied composition with Frederick Saunders. A recipient of commissions, grants, and awards, John has composed works for outstanding ensembles and soloists including Rarescale, the Kiev Philharmonic, Earplay, and the Czech Philharmonic.
5) "Jerusalem" - Leslie de Melcher
Leslie Melcher holds advanced degrees, notably from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. In addition, he was invited to attend Pierre Boulez and friend’s IRCAM’s activities, all state-funded to represent ‘new music’ as their own. Jerusalem, composed especially for 60x60 is not an attempt to create anything new, but to bring the past into our present. Coming from the tradition of Biblical Cantorial chant, Melcher wrote Jerusalem by combining a capella cantorial chant with treated piano and digital electronics. It is a musical vision of ancient voices brought back to life; a song’s remorse for being awaken from its mystical prison.
6) "Clarinet Fantasy" - John Link
John Link is a composer and founding member of Friends & Enemies of New Music, which presents an annual series of concerts in New York City. He is Professor of Music at William Paterson University. "Clarinet Fantasy" is composed entirely of samples of Marianne Gythfeldt's clarinet playing which were mixed and layered using a computer. Except for the manipulation of volume level and pan position, the clarinet samples are unprocessed. The piece is a study from a longer work for clarinet and two-channel audio called Only Human.
7) "West of Topeka" - David Gunn
David Gunn composes mostly acoustic music. He'd write for orchestras all day if anybody would let him (i.e. and pay him). In 2003, Albany Records released a CD of his chamber music called “Somewhere East of Topeka.” Brisk sales are anticipated any day now. For 10½ years, Gunn co-hosted Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar, which won an award once. Twice, actually.
8) "No! George! No!"- Greg Bartholomew
Greg Bartholomew's music has been performed across the United States and in Canada, Europe and Australia, and is available on CDs recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, the Ars Brunensis Chorus and Connecticut Choral Artists. John Adams’ brilliant early work, “Christian Zeal and Activity,” inspired the use of speech as a musical collage element. "No! George! No!" came to mind as spoken text for a music composition in early 2005, and the words have only grown more appropriate with the passage of time.
9) "Green" - Ivan Elezovic
A compositional output of Ivan Elezovic (DMA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) ranges from acoustic to electroacoustic works including mixed media, and has been recognized and performed in South Korea, Argentina, Peru, Canada, USA, Serbia, France, and Australia. The main concept of the color triage (Green, Red, Blue) is to associate different colors with certain musical gestures over the course of the work. Dr. Elezovic has tried to transform each color into music language by dedicating this movement of the piece to the Green color.
10) "NanoSymph in 4 Movements" - Christopher Bailey
Born outside of Philadelphia, PA, Christopher Bailey turned to music composition in his late 'teens, and to electroacoustic composition during his studies at the Eastman School of Music, and later at Columbia University. He was a 2nd-Prize recipient in the Seoul International Composers Competition and his other awards include prizes from BMI and ASCAP, and the Bearns Prize. He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at William and Mary College in VA. NanoSymph is a 4 movement symphony in 1 minute. Allegro, Scherzo, Adagio, Presto.
11) "Taxonomía de un Error (Taxonomy of an Error)"- Alexis Perepelycia
Alexis Perepelycia: BA Music (U.N.R., Argentina), MA in Sonic Arts (S.A.R.C., Queen’s University Belfast, U.K.), MM and PhD student in Aesthetics, Sciences and Technologies of the Arts (Université Paris 8) under supervision of Horacio Vaggione. "Taxonomía de un Error" was conceived while working on a larger piece. All the processes were made using specifically designed Max/MSP patches, implementing different kinds of noisy modifications to the sound source (clipping, feedback, distortion, etc.) usually perceived as errors or mistakes. Throughout the piece noise suffers different transformations setting the array of sounds (noises) into a Taxonomy.
12) "Quills and Jacks of Outrageous Fortune" - Jay C. Batzner
Jay C. Batzner is currently Assistant Professor of Music Technology at the University of Central Florida. He received a D.M.A. from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Jay is a sci-fi geek, an amateur banjoist, a home brewer, and juggler. “Quills and Jacks of Outrageous Fortune” is a composition that grew out of five short samples of note production on a harpsichord. These samples were then strung together to mimic the trajectory of a sounding note on that instrument: attack/articulation, sustain, and then the abrupt cut off release.
13) "The Silent Night Will Shatter" - Kenneth Babb
Kenneth Babb is a musician, composer, teacher and audio engineer. He is a staff member and house engineer at Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center in New York City where he works with commercial clients, students and arts-in-residence. He was a founding member and president of the Park Slope Music Forum and technical director for New Angle Intermedia, two highly successful new music presentation organizations.
14) "Alternative Song" - Mike Swinchoski
Mike Swinchoski is a composer whose roots lie in the experimental aesthetics found in the progressive rock of the 1960's and 70's, as well as jazz from bebop to the present. The subject of many of Swinchoski’s pieces is abstractions of patterns he finds in nature, society, and technology. Alternative Song is a pop song whose structure has been melted down to the rawest form then reassembled.
15) "380 " - André Cormier
André Cormier was born in Moncton, New Brunswick. He left his native Acadie and began a BMus. in music composition at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. He attended the California Institute of the Arts where he received an MFA in composition with James Tenney. His work has been presented by performers and ensembles in Canada, the US and in Europe. André has lived in British Columbia and Los Angeles since the early nineties. He is an associate member of the Canadian Music Centre.
16) "Study 2" - Travis Ellrott
Travis Ellrott was born in Dallas, Texas. He studied with Jeremy Haladyna, Joel Feigin, and Leslie Hogan at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received his BA. His Viola Concerto was awarded third prize in the Corwin Awards. Travis earned a MM at the Conservatory of Music in the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studied with James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, and Zhou Long. He currently resides in Los Angeles. "Study 2" is part of a series of microtonal studies created from viola and trumpet samples. This particular study uses viola samples in which the performer played each open note sul ponticello while detuning and retuning each string with the respective tuning pegs. The intervals explored in this study were 25 cents and 75 cents. The sound world of this piece is an homage to Xenakis.
17) "RezGliss" - Don Malone
Don Malone aka LoneMonad has applied his electromusing art in Carnegie Hall, the streets of Chicago and other venues. He was a professor at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago for several decades. His music is improvised using “aMente”, freeware written by Don Malone in MAX/MSP. Send him a ticket, he will come.
18) "Glassminute" - Lydia Ayers
Composer Lydia Ayers has explored the possibilities that electronics, computers, traditional Pan-Asia Pacific acoustic and synthesized instruments such as the gamelan, Chinese, Native American and Australian instruments, the human voice and in a word, anything capable of producing music has to offer to the creative artist. Glassminute explores the potential of shrinking, stretching and transposing a bowed glass sound.
19) "Two " - Malcolm W. Rector
Born in Houston, Texas, Dr. Malcolm W. Rector is a composer, pianist, writer, director and independent filmmaker and divides his time between these occupations and teaching at the university level. Dr. Rector earned a BA from the University of St. Thomas, followed by both master's and doctoral degrees from Rice University. “Two is part of a short film that depicts some of the unbelievable horrors that unfold in our world. The amalgamation of screams in both retrograde and ordinary forms adds to the somewhat tense, surrealistic mode I was trying to create. I did not want one moment in this opus to convey stability or peacefulness.”
20) "Vocalización Cristalina " - Lucio Edilberto Cuellar
Lucio Edilberto Cuellar C., born in Santa Fe de Bogota, Colombia, began musical studies at the conservatory of the National University in Bogota. He moved to the United States, where he completed a BA in piano at Kennesaw State University, a MM in composition at Georgia State University and a DMA. in composition from the University of North Texas. He works with sound synthesis, multimedia Video, mixed media and music for acoustic instruments. Vocalización Cristalina is an electroacoustic work realized in the CEMI studios at the University of North Texas. The composition uses voice, glass, synthetic sounds and musical quotes from Javier Alvarez's “Mambo a la Braque” as sources to create a sound collage.
21) "The Show " - Mark Rose
Mark Rose grew up playing in bands around Torbay in Devon, UK and began taking an interest in music production and composition at an early age. Mark completed a MA at Goldsmiths College, London and now lives and works in London as a Jazz Guitarist and Double Bassist, teacher and composer. “The Show is made up of four one-minute tracks. At first they appear to be recordings documenting a live event. The ‘event’ is in fact a manipulated audio track made up of my own early four-track tape recordings. The additional ambience and crowd noise complete the illusion and I hope, invite the listener to question ‘What is the musical event here and where is it taking place?’”
22) "Flowing Guitar" - Martin Simon
Martin Simon is a composer, performer and digital media artist. Born in Slovakia, he has lived in New York and collaborated with artists in different media. His work is centered around ideas of open interaction, including live performances, multimedia installations and interdisciplinary projects. Among his favorites are works of conversational music, accidental art and anti-contextual poetry. Simon has been faculty at Pratt Institute. He received a master's degree from Brooklyn College. Flowing Guitar is a miniature etude for a detuned guitar and its processed(pitch shifted and delayed) twin sound image.
23) "Father and Son Boogie" - Benjamin Bierman
Benjamin Bierman is a Brooklyn-based composer with a very wide range of musical experiences and an eclectic aesthetic sensibility to match. Father and Son Boogie is a rhythmic free-for-all featuring the composer on mouth percussion, and his son, Manny Bierman, on Udu. Ben also joins in the fun by blowing some bluesy trumpet over the whole thing.
24) "Interferences" - Cezary Ostrowski
Cezary Ostrowski, born in Brzeg, Poland founded the legendary avant-tronic Bexa Lala. Cezary Ostrowski studied arts and art theory at Poznan Academy of Fine Arts. He works with Marcin Swietlicki, Kora, Malgorzata Ostrowska, Mikolaj Trzaska and many others. He does avant-electronica as well as film and theatre music. At the beginning of 2005 he was among the winners of Creative Commons and Wired Freemix Contest. “I did my piece in 60 seconds.”
25) "morningsong" - Heike Schmidt
Heike Schmidt, is a director, an actress a singer and songwriter. She studied theater and audiovisual media. She went to the 'Ecole de la chanson' in Paris and had a dance training ('Expression primitive'). She is working as a Feldenkrais pedagogue. Heike Schmidt is fascinated by the possibility to mix voice, movement, language, music and images.
26) "Unhinged" - Alex Shapiro
Alex Shapiro is one of the Pacific coast's more familiar composers of acoustic and electroacoustic chamber music. Performed and broadcast weekly across the U.S. and internationally, Alex's music is lyrically expressive and dramatic. Published by Activist Music, her scores are found in libraries and universities nationwide, and her works have been recorded by many artists for CDs from Cambria Master Recordings, Innova Recordings, Crystal Records, Oehms Classics, Centaur Records and others. “There’s something dark in all of us. Doors that should not be opened, thresholds that should not be crossed. Yet we are tempted, we enter, and sometimes... we unhinge our lives.”
27) "From Mr. Knight" - Jonathan Stone
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Jonathan Stone received a degree in music composition from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991, and currently lives in San Francisco. From Mr. Knight is based on samples from John Coltrane, Björk, and Toru Takemitsu, and was constructed using the software tools Reaktor and Reason.
28) "in 399 B.C." - Marihiko Hara
Marihiko Hara was born in Japan. His work “untitled” was selected by “FESTIVAL CONFLUEICIAS 2005” held in Spain. He is a member of “rimacona”, project with Natsuko Yanagimoto (singer, designer). Some works including a recording of a lullaby in Kumamoto Japan were presented in Greece, Cyprus and New-Caledonia. rimacona's been working for the exhibition “FEU NOS PERES ~Japanese Migrants in New-Caledonia~” by Mutsumi Tsuda.
29) "Seconds" - Dorothy Hindman
Critics have called Dorothy Hindman’s music ‘intense, gripping, and frenetic’, ‘sonorous and affirmative’ and ‘music of terrific romantic gesture’. Each piece explores her ongoing interest in issues of musical perception, beauty, timbre, contextual meaning, and profundity. Hindman teaches music theory and composition at Birmingham-Southern College. "Seconds" is a musique concrete work based on source material recorded during a single dinner with the family. 96 separate sonic events, each one second long, were combined and processed using ProTools to create a 5.0 surround file. "Seconds" was composed and realized at the Visby International Centre for Composers’ Studio Alpha in June, 2005.
30) "17,987,547,480" - Tom Lopez
Tom Lopez is currently Associate Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts at Oberlin Conservatory. He has done things at various places with lots of people. Light travels 17,987,547,480 meters in 60 seconds.
31) "Lily" - Lynn Job
Lynn Job was born in South Dakota and is published by BUCKTHORN Music Press. She wrote Lily in her main production studio in the North Texas Metroplex per request of Cindy McTee to memorialize her late student, Colombian composer Nicolás Useche (1974 - 2004). Job's Lily captures the spirit of Useche's bright, happy personality and homeland. Without using Colombian folk instruments, Job succeeds in this sonic portrait by blending ocean waves, nightingale song, an Indian percussion ensemble, and custom midi timbres.
32) "Reminiscence" - Erdem Helvacioglu
Erdem Helvacioglu's compositions have been included in prestigious festivals such as: The San Francisco Tape Music Festival, Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, SICMF, Musica Viva Festival, Primavera en La Habana and Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival. "Reminiscence" is about musical memories inspired by a Turkish contemporary electronic music piece. Right after this piece ends, we are left with the crackles of the record. While these crackles go on, various short excerpts are heard in the listener's imagination until he finally pulls the needle from the record player.
33) "Tramp/Chop" - Mike Hallenbeck
Mike Hallenbeck is an audio artist, composer, field recordist and sound designer based in Minneapolis. Hallenbeck has designed sound and composed music for over 40 theatrical productions in the Twin Cities. The source audio for "Tramp/Chop" was collected on a hike during a nature recording workshop in rural Wisconsin. The audio featured here is what was left over after editing out the voice of our guide.
34) "Brit" - David Claman
David Claman turned to composing after studying French horn, the music of India and playing in rock bands. He holds music degrees from Wesleyan University, the University of Colorado, and Princeton. Brit pairs recordings of the “sea” of electromagnetism that surrounds us with a well-known passage from Melville's Moby Dick. Recordings of sounds given off by consumer electronics such as computers, cell phones, toys, CD players, microwave ovens, etc. were made with a “telephone tap”. Thanks to Nick Collins.
35) "Skip a Beat"-Straiph Wilson
Drawing from his continual experiences of working with scientists, Straiph explores the tension between art and science. Straiph has the speakers walk the line between what is comprehensible and what is not, and uses repetition and recurring themes to hold the work together. In various works, Straiph has put together a collection of overlapping and non-overlapping scientists’ voices talking about various subjects. He manipulates the voices of the scientists, turning the observers into subjects themselves. Straiph simultaneously makes the ‘objective’ observers a subject for his own observation, but they are also active participants in his art.
36) "Oblivious" - Gary Knudson
Gary Knudson is a composer, musician and researcher. Born in St. Louis, Knudson is a current doctoral student at the University of North Texas studying with Jon Nelson, Andrew May and David Bithell. "Oblivious..." is a sixty-second odyssey around the world: individuals absent to one another. This piece exposes the importance of our lives at one given moment in time. One moment may bring the relative unimportance of mundane tasks, while for another - at the same moment - it might bring the choice of life or death. The consequence may be a momentous performance; conversely, it may be a meaningless act as we give our oblivious regard to it.
37) "Cold Blood" - Polly Moller
Polly Moller improvises on the flute and bass flute. She is also a composer, poet, and performance artist who has been awarded grants by the American Composers Forum Subito Program, the American Composers Forum Community Partners Program, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. “Cold Blood” was created in November 2004 for the album Voices In The Wilderness: Dissenting Soundscapes and Songs of G.W.'s America - and adapted for 60x60. It features spoken words (written on an afternoon hike up Sweeney Ridge in California) and her flute multiphonics, transformed and made into electronica by Will Grant.
38) "unwelcome 2005"-Douglas Cohen
Douglas Cohen is a composer based in New York City. unwelcome 2005 is dedicated to British Member of Parliament George Galloway who had the courage to meet his accusers and testify before the U.S. Senate on 17 May 2005. The video of Galloway's complete testimony may be found at the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs website.
39) "Matisse"- Rod Oakes
Rodney Oakes is currently an Emeritus Professor at Los Angeles Harbor College. Oakes was the founding editor of Journal SEAMUS. He has pioneered the use of the trombone combined with electronic devices and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He performs with numerous Los Angles jazz ensembles. "Matisse" is a brief work created with the software MetaSynth, a program that allows for the creation of sounds and music using digital images as a source of sound. The music for this work was created from pictures taken during a trip to Provence.
40) "Mantra 3" -Robert Scott Thompson
Robert Scott Thompson is a professor of music composition at Georgia State University. "Mantra 3" is created with a specially designed performance processor for real-time vocal improvisation in Max/MSP. Loosely based on notions of meditative musical structure, the work utilizes reverberation times of 250 seconds and longer.
41) "Elfin Tounguespeak" - Ken Steen
Ken Steen, composer and new media artist, is Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford. Elfin Tounguespeak is part of an ongoing audio process/collection database. Source materials are drawn from field recordings, other electronic or acoustic works of mine or wholly new material. Durations range from less than a second to no more than 1 minute. This work is framed by silence and was constructed from small bits of previously recorded material reassembled into something resembling fast-talking.
42) "Singular Explosion" - Sam Pluta
Sam Pluta is a New York based composer and improviser; his current projects include Glissando Bin Laden and His Musichideen (an improvising quartet) and exclusiveOr (a duo devoted to making new music on vintage synthesizers). Sam's Austin, TX band, Ready for Japan (with Mike Vernusky), had their self-titled album released on Quiet Design Records last year. Sam is a DMA candidate at Columbia University in New York.
43) "Roppongi Skeins" - Michael Vernusky
Vernusky composes in a variety of media, including electronic, filmic, and other visual environments. Vernusky holds degrees in guitar performance and composition from Mercyhurst College, and University of Texas at Austin. "Roppongi Skeins" is a study in the infinite variety of electronic timbres that exist in our world. The name is derived from the chaotic yet completely structured subway system of Tokyo.”
44) "Doctors and Nurses" - Steve Betts
Steve Betts: British “Doctors and Nurses, what’s wrong with being co-dependant?”
45) "I’m not…" - Rene Veron
Rene Veron, started his musical career in his home town of Valparaiso, Chile. It was there he received his BM from Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso. Rene became involved in the cultural development of Valparaiso where he directed a music education program. Currently, Rene is completing his MM in Music Technology and Composition at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he is a prolific composer engaged in traditional and electronic composition. “I'm not... is a small experimental piece. This was composed over my girlfriend voice samples that I recorded, and it was manipulated and arranged using digital samplers. I tried to explore the possibilities that the manipulation of simple speech gave me.”
46) "Still… " - Dirk Johan Stromberg
Dirk Johan Stromberg’s compositions delve not only into aspects of improvisation and chance but also deal with reactive performance, real-time composition and the implementation of technology. His interests in reactive performance and real-time composition have manifested themselves in the creation of computer programs and alternate notation systems.
Still… is one piece of a series of short works.
47) Field -Peter V. Swendsen
Peter V. Swendsen was a Fulbright Fellow at the NoTAM computer music studios in Oslo, Norway, where he commenced work on a large soundscape composition project. He is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia, where he studied with Judith Shatin and Matthew Burtner. He received his MFA from Mills College and his BM from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Swendsen co-directs Prospect Dance Group and works extensively in collaboration with choreographers. "Field" was composed to accompany a video dance miniature by choreographer, Ashley Thorndike.
48) non divisi - Ronald Keith Parks
Composer Ronald Keith Parks is an assistant professor of music composition and Director of the Winthrop Computer Music Labs at Winthrop University. non divisi is a ‘signature piece’. A pizzicato drone establishes a foreground against which a spectrally evolving arco gesture is explored. The sound world teeters between pitch and noise and tends toward complex spectra containing aspects of both the original arco cello sample and the processed sounds.
49) Ay-ay -Myroslava Lashkevych
Myroslava Lashkevych was born in Kyiv, Ukraine. Myroslava Lashkevych studied music and worked on Cinema and TV as sound designer. Now she is a postgraduate student of Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema and TV. From the moment she had a PC in her home and she started writing for chamber ensemble (score) and sound miniature (without score).
50) A Voice In A Kitchen -David Handford & Ravi
Ravi has played kora since 1985; developed a stereo/electric/aluminum kora; released over fifteen albums; is a singer/songwriter, instrumentalist, composer and overtone singer as well as workshop leader; live & recording projects include: Kora Colours, The Afro-Indian Project, The Afro-Brazilian Project plus solo performances and a duet with kora player Bajaly Suso. Born in Torquay, Devon, David Handford has been producing sonic work since 1992.
"A Voice In A Kitchen" comprises of a simple multitracking of Ravi's raw vocal, A Voice In A Kitchen was recorded and mixed in a one day session as a quick collaboration between Ravi and Dave Handford.
51) My Heart is Trembling - Eve Beglarian
“One of new music's truly free spirits,” (Village Voice) and a “remarkable experimentalist,” (NY Times) Eve Beglarian is a composer, performer, and audio producer whose music has been described as “an eclectic and wide-open series of enticements.” (LA Times) My Heart is Trembling uses a text by one of the founding brothers of Methodism, Charles Wesley, set to one of the myriad tunes it has been sung to over the years, and counterpoised with an electronicized fragment of a medieval Armenian song about trembling.
52) Eulogy for My Uncle - Peter Swanzy
Peter Swanzy was born in Washington. He holds a BFA in music composition and performance from the College of Santa Fe. Swanzy has been featured as an award-winning multi-media composer and film editor all over the world in film festivals, concerts, and on PBS. Eulogy was created using samples of Shakuhachi flute (performed by the composer). The piece is dedicated to Bill Swanzy.
53) [-(snow)] Stan Link
Composer Stan Link is married to musicologist Melanie Lowe. Somehow managing to put those traditional professional differences aside, they have produced one offspring, a daughter named Wednesday, who is joyfully indifferent both to her father’s music and her mother’s research. [-(snow)] has my mother recalling childhood scenes with what can only be described as the lucid ambiguity that can characterize our present relationship to distant events as well as our own younger imaginations.
54) Cosmic Insect - Piotr Szewczyk
Piotr Szewczyk, violinist and composer from Poland, currently a fellowship violinist at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. Studied violin and composition at the University of Cincinnati. Every sound in "Cosmic Insects comes" from a single violin only.
55) Grasshopper - Julian Cartwright
Vaughn Cartwright, composer, bassoonist, bass player, and new music enthusiast, is a senior at Vassar College studying cognitive science He and his brother Julian, age eighteen, have collaborated musically much of their lives. Julian, a composer, violinist, and guitarist, attends Juilliard Pre-College studying composition, and has won numerous awards for his compositions and solo performance. Grasshopper is a collaboration between Vaughn and Julian Cartwright. An encounter with a peculiar insect marks the event of one minute passing. A certain momentary kinship is formed between human and insect, although the human remains bemused by the tiny creature.
56) FAFM8 -The Norman Conquest
Norman Teale (The Norman Conquest) Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma is a composer and improviser influenced by the art of sound engineering. He honed his recording abilities at Middle Tennessee State University, from where he received his BS Teale then received his MFA from Mills College, studying with Fred Frith, Chris Brown, and Annie Gosfield. Source material by Matthew Pusti, already being partially deaf due to a childhood bout of spinal meningitis, I set out to create music being conceptually “deaf.” I did not listen to the original samples, nor did I listen to the works-in-progress until the audio waveforms looked terribly mangled and destroyed by various processes.
57) EAR CANDY 1b -Aaron Drake
Aaron Drake is composer based in Los Angeles, and is currently working towards a MFA at the California Institute of the Arts. Drake earned his BM from San Francisco State University. "Ear-Candy 1b" explores some of the physiological effects of music by combining traditional harmonic processes with microtonal deviation from pitch centers. Dense, sustained, polyphonic textures sometimes create rich sound fabrics that can literally tickle one’s ears. While I find these to be engaging, I also find them to be pacifying not unlike the lulling feeling of a humming motor.
58) 4x15>60 Kevin Ponto
Kevin Ponto is currently studying music at Santa Barbara City College. His questionable preoccupation with computer music arose at 12 when he discovered how to control a Casio keyboard via a Macintosh. When asked what instrument he plays, he responds “The laptop”, which of course is nonsense, though he hopes to eventually change that through the development of expressive control interfaces. He also wants you to know that microwaving a CD for a just few seconds is really neat. "4x15>60" is composed of a single looped piano note.
59) Can You Hear Me? - Paul Burnell
Paul Burnell is a British composer whose music often utilizes relentless repetition within a structure that can be perceived as a process. "Can You Hear Me?" is a plea for audibility; perhaps made by an assistant sound engineer losing touch with reality whilst testing a microphone prior to a concert. All the sounds on the recording are vocal sounds made by the composer.
60) Philosophy - David Hamill
David Hamill's music tries to cut across genres, mixing elements of blues, jazz and rock with classical traditions. In "Philosophy," a robotic choir sings the word philosophy.