Brianna Drevlow – David’s Run


Brianna Drevlow's piece "David's Run" is a soundscape-turned-nightmare, depicting a recurring dream she has: "Named after the Operation Lifesaver film I watched as a young child about train safety, “David’s Run” depicts a recurring nightmare I experience where I am being hit by a slow moving train, but I wake up before impact. This piece …

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Benjamin Rickevicius – “Saxophone Quartet: Leaving Day” – Young Composer Score Call


Benjamin Rickevicius's "Saxophone Quartet: Leaving Day" is a charming and well-structured piece, that clearly exists more in the composer's head than in the MIDI realization.  The score can be found here, and the MIDI realization, that will sound much better and more fluid in real life, can be found here: The composer clearly has a …

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“A Complaint” – Young Composer Score Call


Composer 1's work "A Complaint" is based on William Wordsworth's poem of the same title.  Please view the score here and listen to it below. This work has an apt sense of gesture, time, and structure.  The opening gestures of the work return to us at the end, in a "bookending" format.  However, the opening …

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Kyle Grimm – Pitchforks and Crow’s Feet


Kyle Grimm's music spans the gamut of media and instrumentation.  A double bassist and dance collaborator, he also has experience working with ensembles and other performers.  This is evident in his work "Pitchforks and Crow's Feet". The score can be found here: Pitchforks and Crow's Feet for Flute, Cello, and Bass. This work relies heavily …

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Heather Stebbins – minim


Heather Stebbins's work "minim" is a recollection and reimagination of sonic elements from prior works.  From her program notes: "minim (2014) is an exercise in excavation. I recently began going through old files and recordings from early projects and happily discovered that many of the sounds captivated me in both new and nostalgic ways. I felt …

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Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie – Pole, Steam, Tree, Glass


Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie's work "Pole, Steam, Tree, Glass" is an inventive approach to timbre, idiomatic writing, a certain poetry, and the interaction of acoustic and electroacoustic approaches.  As he writes in his program notes in the score, "Program Note: In this collection of four short pieces, I contemplate questions about electroacoustic music, searching not necessarily for …

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Steven Maheu’s Elements of Creative Force – Part 5


Hi All, Here is another image from Steven Maheu's Elements of Creative Force.  This explains how different elements can be contrasting or complementary to one another. We use the relationships between each number and another number to define if the two numbers are contrasting, or complementary.  This only applies when using the same color.  (We …

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Aya SB – Coalescence


Aya Shimano-Bardai's notes in the abstract for the piece "Coalescence": "Coalescence (2016) is a seven minutes and thirty seconds long acousmatic stereo piece. The compositional structure delves into the transitions between contrasted sonic spaces – open and clustered, distant and close, sharp and mild, etc – by underlining its varied acoustic elements. Mainly based on …

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Steven Maheu’s Elements of Creative Force – Part 4


Before we proceed with this post, it is worth noting that there have been some small changes in Steven Maheu's main Elements of Creative Force document.  The updated document can be found here: Today's post is going to be short on my end, because Steven has devised an exercise for you to try, using the …

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