Music From Seamus, Vol. 1
Format: COMPACT DISC
MOBBERLEY PHELPS RUBIN BECK FELDMAN CHEN TIMMONS KELLOCK PAULNACK LUDWIG LUNG
SEAMUS (The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States) continues its series featuring electro-acoustic music composed by its members with the next re-release of a back catalogue album from its archive, Music from SEAMUS, Volume 1. Leading the collection is James Mobberley's "Spontaneous Combustion" for saxophone and electronics. In a Davidovskian tradition, Mobberley generates all the electronic sounds from manipulation of pre-recorded saxophone sounds. Mobberley alludes to the strong association that saxophone has with jazz styles in this virtuosic work. In his electronics alone piece, James Phelps has essentially "covered" an aria by Rossini from "La Cenerentola," using piano and vocal material from a previous recording as his source. Anna Rubin's "Remembering" is a memorial to victims of the Holocaust, using names of significant World War II sites and the Hebrew memorial prayer for the text, as well as a wordless cantilena. Stephen David Back's "Improvisation on Strange Attractors" is a work for bassoon and live electronics, employing a patch that Beck developed that maps the bassoon's sounds onto parameters from spatialization, distance, timbre, and volume. In his "Still Life," Bernardo Feldman drew on a collage of sounds from recordings of his instrumental works to sound samples of his daughter speaking. Kwok-ping John Chen's "Ring Shades" combines a live performance on a battery of Chinese and Balinese groups with an electronic part comprised of timbres mimicking those percussion instruments.