Hello everyone! I wanted to share my travels with you by tweeting throughout my trip to Seoul. I am thrilled and honored to be going to the Seoul international computer music festival and cannot wait to hear my work Dripstone performed!
I am very happy to present a recording of the very successful premier of my work Stasis for solo organ! You can check out the recording and score below!
A bit about the piece:
Stasis was written in the Winter of 2015 for the Indiana University Student Composers Association SCA Hammer and Nail collaboration with student organists. The project culminated in a performance of new Organ music in Jacobs School of Music Auer Hall. The piece is a study of spectral space and uses a variety of melodic fragments that lead to harmonies using the organs unique ability of a true infinite sustain. By creating a dense spectrum the piece has a feeling of being a sonic fragment frozen in time despite the constantly changing harmonic landscape of the piece.
I am pleased to announce Dripstone for Baritone Saxophone and Stereo Media will be performed at the Seoul International Computer Music Festival this year! I am super exited to have the opportunity to travel to Seoul and eat some delicious Korean Cuisine next fall!
Below is a recording of Adres Lizano's premier of the piece with a scrolling score.
I am happy to say I had a fantastic and enlightening time at ICMC 2015. I enjoyed many of the concerts and I have decided to share a few of my favorite pieces from the conference:
My piece Contamination is featured on composers circle today!
Check it out along with many other works featured on other days.
Tomorrow I fly out to Dallas to attend my first International Computer Music Conference at University of North Texas. My piece The Art of Siphoning Souls will be receiving a performance in the Sky Theater (The universities planetarium) . I am exited to attend the conference to see what other composers are doing and to catch up with some old friends. More to come!
More information about ICMC 2015: ICMC2015.unt.edu
I write Cataclysm because I have developed a strong interest in synthesized sounds. All of the sounds in this piece are made through frequency modulation synthesis. This allows me to create complex sounds which I then can filter and process to create the final product. I also wanted to address my growing interest in sound mass and micro polyphony in this piece similar to that of Ligeti while controlling sound using broad parameters similar to Xenakis. By using synthesized sounds I could create a mass of voices which all have complex timbre which become one when heard close together. Using these sounds tried to create an atmosphere of all consuming darkness which will hopefully envelop the listener in it unstoppable implication of destruction.
spirals ascend. Slowly
rushing particles surround. Swarming relentlessly consuming.
Enveloped by shadow-- Darkness swallows,
Contamination was written through the entirety of my Fall semester of 2014 at Indiana University and I am very proud and happy about its final result. Contamination was composed using a process of serializing interval content I have been playing around with recently. Most all interval content in Contamination is based on a Fibonacci sequence for several reasons. One is that the Fibonacci sequence lends its self to good musical shapes by providing a good array of intervals and the second relates to the idea of propagation. Contamination is about uncontrollable propagation which leads to extinction.
An explanation of movements
The piece opens with a single Eb in the tuba. The entire movement has a single goal which is to build an ascending Fibonacci chord (IC +[1,1,2,3,5,8]) This is, as the title of the movement suggests, the birth of the process. This single iteration is drawn out over the course of a minute and a half with is starkly juxtaposed with the material in the next movement.
This movement stems from the Ab which the trumpets end the first movement on. It is comprised of four strands which simultaneously occur. The intervals used in these strands are also derived from a Fibonacci sequence, but the intervals may go in any direction from one note to the next. Each instrumental group (Trumpets, Horns, Trombones, and Euphoneums and Tuba) are each assigned an individual process. The goal of the movement is the convergence on a middle C which leads the Consumption.
Consumption is made from every strand of every possible process. The Fibonacci intervals expand in bother directions from every note from the past step in the process. The ensemble works as an individual unit which grows from an increasing number of points while expanding and converging.
This movement is made up of only descending Fibonacci chords which invoke a bluesy lament. The movement is comprised of a lament melody which is blurred and cascaded down the register until it finally lands of the Eb on which the process for the piece began.
Gift of Flame will be performed this summer at New York Electronic Music Festival which takes place from June 22-28. I will be going up to New York for a week to present my piece and hear many other pieces by other composers. This is the premier performance by Jonathan Milke on December 30th at Auer Hall in Bloominton IN.