2. Dog, cat, or goldfish?
3. Would you rather…get electrocuted for 10 seconds or get slapped 20 times?
Slapped, I think, although the relative strengths applied to the two punishments could induce me to choose otherwise.
4. You’re trapped on an island. There is one electrical outlet connected to a boombox from 1992. When you were stranded here you only had time to save one cassette out of collection of singles. What is the one pop song you will listen to for the rest of your life?
U2, Where the Streets Have No Names
5. Who are 3 composers from the past -AND- 3 of your own generation whose music you respect, enjoy, inspires you, etc…
Past: Gustav Mahler, Igor Stravinsky, György Ligeti
Present: Jason Bolte, Brad Baumgardner, Joo Won Park
I’m fairly sure I met Scott at EMM or maybe SEAMUS. It is unclear at this point because once you are in the electro circle, you start seeing everyone at everything. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Composition at Washington State University. Please click on the piece titles to go to soundcloud to listen. Also, consider going to Irritable Hedgehog and buying either the physical copy of Queen of Heaven for $7 or the digital copy for $4. As composers, we of all people should be supporting each other not only by sharing music, telling other people about music, helping our friends get their music performed but, also buy each other's music when it is available and put it into our iTunes. It isn't that much money and you should do it. There, lecture over.
Queen of Heaven (2011) for piano and electronics
I. Hail, Holy Queen! (Angelic greeting of the Mother of God)
II. Full-of-Grace (Kecharitomene)
III. The Unburnt Bush
IV. The-One-Who-Gives-Birth-to-God (Theotokos)
V. The Woman Clothed with the Sun
I’ve been on a real electronic music kick lately I guess. So, I chose this because I have virtually no interest whatsoever in religion. That doesn’t make any sense, does it? This piece appealed to me because it was about something. It wasn’t abstract. There is somewhat of a story being unveiled here. I’m not interested in the content of the theme but I am interested in pieces that are about something. And of course electroacoustic music.
First movement - In general, I really enjoy the piano writing here. I don’t think it is overly pianistic. I think it leaves room and doesn’t completely knock out the fact that there are really nice electronics happening.
Second movement - Is tonality or perhaps at least tonal artifacts linked with the idea of spirituality? Messiaen would disagree. But, I’ve heard more than my fair share of pieces dealing in some way with the divine that employ tonal elements as main ideas. I’m not really saying anything positive or negative about this. Just wondered if others had thoughts without getting into too heated of a debate.
Third movement - great fire sounds and nice climax!
Fourth movement - This one is my jam. I love piano writing like this. It is so intimate and really uses the piano’s natural resonance to capture a mood. That bass entrance. Pure magic. And this movement is well placed among the set. As listeners, I think we needed something like this at this moment. Wonderful electronics to close the movement.
Ok. Fifth movement. Sleigh bells have no other function than Christmas. That is one of those instruments that just cannot be disassociated with an external occasion. That being said, since their use in continuous, they don’t bother me so much. The building drone is fantastic. Great way to end this.
Dancecophony for Frank (2012)
This is a silly little piece and I love it. 12-tone dance music. And it really works, I think. And only 1 minute! If Schoenberg only knew that we’d be humming 12-tone tunes…just not his!!! Well done, Scott.