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Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer
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Ellen Band

XI has released Ellen Band's first full-length CD. The CD includes her well-known piece 'Railroad Gamelan', an excerpt from her oldest analogue piece 'Closet Bird', and a binaural recording of 'Minimally Tough', a performance piece for leather jackets in motion.

"...her 'sound art' ...is celestial in its implications and down to earth in its reverence for everyday noises." - Kyle Gann, Village Voice

 

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Unforeseen Events

David Behrman

Unforeseen Events is the latest of many pieces Behrman has made with computer software designed to interact in real time with a solo performer. The four sections recorded here were made specifically with Ben Neill's performance style in mind. The electronic timbres are intended to complement the sounds of his instrument --the admirable and humorous mutantrumpet, with its three separately-mutable and playable bells. Refractive Light consists of three small pieces based on an interweaving and overlapping of simple phrases. A musician strikes pitches which trigger responses in the form of sustained tones. The tones die out after a few seconds. While a tone is on it deflects the pitches of other "on" tones, so that harmonic changes occur at the on-and-off edges of overlappping layers. The idea can give rise to a kind of fanning or breathing rhythm which adapts itself to different styles of playing, and to a harmonic vocabulary with dozens or scores of family members.

 

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Raw Sangudo

Allison Cameron

Allison Cameron's compositions can be characterized as rigorous forms within which specific sound worlds are explored. She experiments with the physicality of sound on various instruments, using pithy material to exploit instrumental colours. Most of her works to date have been written for a variety of chamber ensembles encompassing both traditional and unusual groups of instruments.

 

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Kilter

Mary Ellen Childs

"Kilter is significant as a title because it displays Mary Ellen's habit of insisting we remember what, if left to ourselves, we'd be quite happy to forget. She's moved on, compelled like the rest of us to negotiate a strange, often lovely land, in an oddly menacing time. What she writes are signposts in that land, or lanterns which led the way home one night." - Bill Morelock, NPR

 

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40 Years and One

 Philip Corner

This man and his work represent the real "speculum musicae" of the past 40 years. The example of his music embodies a lifelong commitment to an integral radicalism. . . . this is a venerable tradition that Philip has written so eloquently about, and continued in his music. A tradition that stems from "Charlie" Ives through John Cage and Lou Harrison. All of these composers would ultimately admonish us to do one thing: to open our ears--and LISTEN! —Peter Garland

 

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Same Same

Fast Forward

Fast Forward is a composer and performer best known for his compositions for percussion, and music theatre works for diverse instrumentation. His compositions push the juxtapositions of structured rhythms and total chaos to their limit, delivering a sonically dense and theatrically gripping performance. Same Same is a collection of live recordings from three concerts which took place in New York City during the period 1990-1994.

 

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Body Music

Ellen Fullman

Fullman explores the dimensionality of harmony and the concept of "Music as Sculpture" in this thoughtful, rich set of pieces performed on the Long String Instrument. The locations of the performers (besides Fullman, Danièle Massie and Scott Lehman) are organized so that the matrix of overtones, created when playing the wires, goes through transformations sequentially, in effect, "twisting space." "An incredible quietude flows out of this music...Listening, one becomes conscious of the inner workings of being..." Jean Christophe Ammann, Kunsthalle, Basil

 

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Clarinet Songs

Daniel Goode

Daniel Goode's Clarinet Songs has long been a favorite on the new music concert circuit. It is a 75- minute suite for solo clarinet which Goode began writing for himself in 1979, and reached its current form in 1991. It uses all of Goode's virtuosic techniques distilled into sixteen "Songs without Words," a poetics of the new clarinet. It is made up of a series of individual pieces, each a sound world of its own, based on some unique material, perhaps a specific technical, poetic, or sonic idea, or some synthesis of these. Most use circular breathing for con

 

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The Chord Catalogue

Tom Johnson

Excerpts from the liner notes by Tom Johnson:
I like to think of The Chord Catalogue as a sort of natural phenomenon--something which has always been present in the ordinary musical scale, and which I simply observed, rather than invented. It is not so much a composition as simply a list. I have often tried to explain that my music is a reaction against the romantic and expressionistic musical past, and that I am seeking something more objective, something that doesn't express my emotions, something that doesn't try to manipulate the emotions of the listener either, something outside myself.

 

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Flying Vegetables of the Apocalypse

Guy Klucevsek

Ensemble pieces for strings, percussion, guitars, and woodwinds on Flying Vegetables of the Apocalypse feature Bobby Previte, Tom Cora, David Hofstra, John King, Laura Seaton, and more.

Startling sounds by a master of experimental accordion music." - Keyboard " His criminal infractions on The Blue Danube deserve to replace the original." - Village Voice "The music expressed was complex, sly, virtuosic, and deeply felt and imaginative." - Philadelphia Inquirer

 

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