Tag Archives: New World
Sonic and tonal explorations, intermingling, droning, expressing how sounds can be difficult to individualize, just like the color spectrum and its shades. The Dedalus Ensemble performs (elec. guitar, winds, strings, voice).
Taking art songs, traditionals, etc. rendered fairly cacaphonous with all kinds of sounds, noises, voices of all kinds.
Soprano/new music vocalist/composer Kate Soper here sings/talks texts of philosophers/ideas/language and expression. With musical accompaniment by Wet Ink Ensemble.
Very short, highly abstract solo piano pieces, some very lyrical, others robust and strong,
A one voice opera with Native American music, based on Custer meeting Sitting Bull. Also other pieces for voice and electronics.
Pieces for violin and piano, varying fromd intense, abstract to more “classical”. Play most!
Two abstract, intense, yet accessible pieces, one for 3 orchestras! Sample.
Heavy on strings used with droning and repetition, rising and with voices and other instruments. Trks 3 + 4 mimic Asian instruments. Sample.
As the title suggests, this solo piano work (almost an hour in length) explores slowly, repetitive harmony with changes in rhythm. The liner notes indicate it can be analyzed as a mix of minimalism and twelve tone language. Sample.
Works for guitars + other strings with micro tunings, minimalist sound, following algorithms. Sample.
74 min. improvisational solo piano performance recorded in 1980. Starts quietly, builds up.
Experimental music for various sized intrumental combinations. As the title suggests, it’s a mix–dissonant, aggressive and at times lyrical. Sample.
Some lovely, contemporary piano pieces–the title piece dedicated to the performing pianist Aki Takahashi. Garland is considered an experimentalist composer, but these pieces are quite accessible.
Middle Eastern strings, both intense and quiet. Nice!
Contemporary gamelan, breaking the traditional rules. Play!
Flowing, strident and lyrical music for piano quintet with baritone voice and poems by Anne Tardos. Play/sample most!
One long, seamless piece for solo flute using very difficult techniques: multiple stops, whistle tones and abdominal tremolo. Only Robert Dick has played this piece from 1979.
Varying, abstract pieces for quartet, piano, percussion or contrabass solo. Trk 3 most accessible, sample others.
Per the title, these are a mix of electronic and acoustic pieces ranging from calm to more energetic, for keyboards, sax and/or winds, percussion. Play/sample!
Like two different styles on one CD, first 7 tracks lyrical, quiet, accessible, the last three avant with less lyrical elements. Play!
Minimalism but with jolts, noise, confusion and not improvised. Sample due to length.
As the title suggests, these are melancholic works with lots of voice and chorale– beautiful.
As the title suggests, in this case the first six prime numbers direct the tuning, rhythms and interval relationships of these piano pieces. Play!
The Kepler Quartet only performs works by Johnston, whose String Quartet no. 7 is considered among the most difficult pieces to perform. Beautiful works with tiny sound alterations. Play!
Ambient works for piano, silences, sine tones, percussion. Quiet. Sample due to length.