John Wiggins – String II


"STRING II was made with “real” sounds - sounds that I recorded both in my studio and in the field. I used only the oddest bits of these recordings to go ahead and represent something else. Something that EVERYONE hears differently - its interpretation is up for grabs. I feel that’s important."

Chad Powers – A Blade Within


Chad Powers's work "A Blade Within" has simple program notes: "A Blade Within is constructed with raw, as well as manipulated sound sources. Before the work was composed electronically I notated it on paper. In a meta fashion, I used the recorded pencil and paper sound files to act as a catalyst to drive the …

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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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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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Brian Riordan – “The Moon Is Drifting Away from the Earth, Don’t Think About it”


Brian Riordan is a composer well-versed in an eclectic mix of styles, contexts, and media.  His piece "The Moon Is Drifting Away from the Earth, Don't Think About It" unifies his many influences.  In particular, the work fuses electronic and acoustic sound worlds and contexts in a unique way.  The overall effect is of the …

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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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