Andrew Rindfleisch: Night Singing

Night Singing (2004)
by Andrew Rindfleisch

Night Singing is a four-movement work intended to convey those hours of the very late evening and early morning, a time when I am often awake and at my most productive and reflective. It is during this time where my emotional states of anxiety, energy, creativity, calmness, and loneliness, all seem to be at their most intense. I have chosen four poetic fragments of the beautifully dark poetry of Charles Baudelaire to help define each of the movement’s specific expressive qualities. That Hour is intended to convey a state of almost hyper-anxiety (for me a frequent state of pre-creativity). Suddenly, Bells reflects those brief bursts of creative energy- an almost static experience that can take days, even weeks, for me to sort out. I have often thought of this experience as the resonance of the sounds of bells. With Bach Dreams an unfolding contemplative state reveals my deep love of this music and the distant, yet still lingering dreams I had of it in childhood. A Crying Horn presents the bass clarinet as a lonely voice in a dark and empty night- an expression of both the struggling and quiet intensity of loneliness just before slipping, finally, into sleep.

Night Singing was commissioned by, and is dedicated to, Zeitgeist.

I. That Hour

It was that hour of the night when guilty dreams

Rise from brown, restless adolescents in swarms…

II. Suddenly, Bells

Sudden, bells leap forth into the air,

Hurling a hideous uproar to the sky

As ‘twere a band of homeless spirits who fare

Through the strange heavens, wailing stubbornly…

III. Bach Dreams

This voice, which seems to pearl and filter

Through my soul’s inmost shady nook,

Fills me with poems, like a book,

And fortifies me, like a potion…

IV. A Crying Horn

And one old memory, like crying horn

Sounds through the forest where my soul is lost…

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Eric Stokes: Whittlings

Whittlings (1992)
by Eric Stokes

This one-movement work is composed as a sonic metaphor on the art of whittling. Imagine an experienced craftsman working on a block of fine-grained wood with very sharp blades. The artisan’s task is to shape the outcome by taking away much of the woodblock. One could take the view that the saxophone is to some degree the agent of the whittler or the actual whittling instrument but that view is much too simplistic. Imagine instead that all of the sounds made by the players (including the sax) are the literal actions taken in the process of paring away at the sonic possibilities inherent in the Zeitgeist ensemble. One other element to consider is the 22-beat pattern which repeats incessantly throughout Whittlings. In one way, that might be heard as the gestures of the whittler(s). In another way, one might also hear the repeating beat pattern as the actual block of material on which the whittlers, including the composer, are at work, paring away sound by sound. Finally, we are left to contemplate nothing more nor less than our own memory of our experience in hearing the performance. Did a whittled object emerge as an artifact, a memory of the metaphorical process? Or as Yeats writes in his poem “Among School Children,” are we left with a philosophical puzzle:

O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance?

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Eric Stokes: Tintinnabulary (Phonic Paradigm IV)

Tintinnabulary (Phonic Paradigm IV) (1983)
by Eric Stokes

Tintinnabulary: “of or pertaining to the ringing of bells”

— American Heritage Dictionary (1969)

In composing such a piece, several orders and types of struck, reverberant objects were used. The resulting sounds were recorded. By means of simple procedures, unique properties of these recorded sounds found distinctive places in the compositional plan. Composition therefore, in this instance, was and is a function of foresight and afterthought.

The compositional goal remains: “to ring some few of the sounding world’s most multitudinous tintinnabularies.”

Born to song and loving sound’s venture I still seek to celebrate that love and birthright.

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Eric Stokes: The Pickpocket is Lyrical, Two





The Pickpocket is Lyrical, Two (1994)
by Eric Stokes

I. Bull ‘Gine ‘n’ Tarriers

II. Breath Can Blow Both Ways

…hot on cold fingers

…cold on hot soup

III. Pop the Whip

IV. Go ‘Way From My Window

…from my door

…my bedside

…bother me no more

V. Over the Deep Blue Moon

The Pickpocket is Lyrical Two incorporates several folk melodies (and a few of the composer’s own) in a fairly straightforward setting rich in lyricism and humor.

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Eric Stokes: Susquehannas


Susquehannas (1985)
by Eric Stokes

I. Nostrum

1. a pet scheme for the solution of some problem;
2. from the Latin, “on our own” (i.e., invented and made by the seller, especially in reference to patent medicines).

II. Buffalo Bones … all the way to Medicine Hat.

III. Whangdoodles

1. mythical creatures of ill-defined characteristics, sometimes noisy, mischievous or nocturnal; 
2. apprehensions resulting from the believed perception of such creatures.

The title of Susquehannas refers in part to the convergence of streams like Cherry Valley, Lick-Run, Tunkhannock, Hop Bottom, and Tuscarora in the Eastern mountains. The early people who lived along those banks called themselves the Susquehanna.

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Scott Miller: New Snow

New Snow (2005)
by Scott Miller

Scott L. Miller is a composer described as ‘a true force on the avant-garde ambient scene’ and of ‘high adventure avant-garde music of the best sort’ (Classical-Modern Music Review). Best known for interactive electroacoustic chamber music and ecosystemic performance pieces, his recent work experiments with virtual reality applications in live concert settings. Raba is his latest album of audiovisual (and VR) music, available on New Focus Recordings. Three-time McKnight Composer Fellow and Past-President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S., his work is frequently performed by soloists, ensembles, and festivals throughout North America and Europe. Recordings of his music are available on New Focus Recordings, Panoramic, Innova, Eroica, CRS, rarescale and SEAMUS, and his music is published by ACA (American Composers Alliance), Tetractys, and Jeanné.

Miller is a Professor of Music at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, where he teaches composition, electroacoustic music, and theory. He is Past-President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S. (SEAMUS) and presently Director of SEAMUS Records. He holds degrees from The University of Minnesota, The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and the State University of New York at Oneonta, and has studied composition at the Czech-American Summer Music Institute and the Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis.

Philippe Costaglioli, a native of Catalonia and Southern France, pursues his creative work in three languages as an author of poetry, short stories, and children’s books. He is a Professor of Film Studie sat St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. His poetry is published in France by Les Editions de L’Arriére-Pays and in Barcelona by Jardine de Sarmacanda.

Scott Miller: Les Cançóns de la Sang

Les Cançóns de la Sang (2005)
by Scott Miller

Scott L. Miller is a composer described as ‘a true force on the avant-garde ambient scene’ and of ‘high adventure avant-garde music of the best sort’ (Classical-Modern Music Review). Best known for interactive electroacoustic chamber music and ecosystemic performance pieces, his recent work experiments with virtual reality applications in live concert settings. Raba is his latest album of audiovisual (and VR) music, available on New Focus Recordings. Three-time McKnight Composer Fellow and Past-President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S., his work is frequently performed by soloists, ensembles, and festivals throughout North America and Europe. Recordings of his music are available on New Focus Recordings, Panoramic, Innova, Eroica, CRS, rarescale and SEAMUS, and his music is published by ACA (American Composers Alliance), Tetractys, and Jeanné.

Miller is a Professor of Music at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, where he teaches composition, electroacoustic music, and theory. He is Past-President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S. (SEAMUS) and presently Director of SEAMUS Records. He holds degrees from The University of Minnesota, The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and the State University of New York at Oneonta, and has studied composition at the Czech-American Summer Music Institute and the Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis.

Philippe Costaglioli, a native of Catalonia and Southern France, pursues his creative work in three languages as an author of poetry, short stories, and children’s books. He is a Professor of Film Studie sat St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. His poetry is published in France by Les Editions de L’Arriére-Pays and in Barcelona by Jardine de Sarmacanda.

Scott Miller: Digging Space

Digging Space (2005)
by Scott Miller

Scott L. Miller is a composer described as ‘a true force on the avant-garde ambient scene’ and of ‘high adventure avant-garde music of the best sort’ (Classical-Modern Music Review). Best known for interactive electroacoustic chamber music and ecosystemic performance pieces, his recent work experiments with virtual reality applications in live concert settings. Raba is his latest album of audiovisual (and VR) music, available on New Focus Recordings. Three-time McKnight Composer Fellow and Past-President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S., his work is frequently performed by soloists, ensembles, and festivals throughout North America and Europe. Recordings of his music are available on New Focus Recordings, Panoramic, Innova, Eroica, CRS, rarescale and SEAMUS, and his music is published by ACA (American Composers Alliance), Tetractys, and Jeanné.

Miller is a Professor of Music at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, where he teaches composition, electroacoustic music, and theory. He is Past-President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S. (SEAMUS) and presently Director of SEAMUS Records. He holds degrees from The University of Minnesota, The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and the State University of New York at Oneonta, and has studied composition at the Czech-American Summer Music Institute and the Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis.

Philippe Costaglioli, a native of Catalonia and Southern France, pursues his creative work in three languages as an author of poetry, short stories, and children’s books. He is a Professor of Film Studie sat St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. His poetry is published in France by Les Editions de L’Arriére-Pays and in Barcelona by Jardine de Sarmacanda.

Scott Miller: Jardins Mécaniques

Jardins Mécaniques (2005)
by Scott Miller

Scott L. Miller is a composer described as ‘a true force on the avant-garde ambient scene’ and of ‘high adventure avant-garde music of the best sort’ (Classical-Modern Music Review). Best known for interactive electroacoustic chamber music and ecosystemic performance pieces, his recent work experiments with virtual reality applications in live concert settings. Raba is his latest album of audiovisual (and VR) music, available on New Focus Recordings. Three-time McKnight Composer Fellow and Past-President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S., his work is frequently performed by soloists, ensembles, and festivals throughout North America and Europe. Recordings of his music are available on New Focus Recordings, Panoramic, Innova, Eroica, CRS, rarescale and SEAMUS, and his music is published by ACA (American Composers Alliance), Tetractys, and Jeanné.

Miller is a Professor of Music at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, where he teaches composition, electroacoustic music, and theory. He is Past-President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S. (SEAMUS) and presently Director of SEAMUS Records. He holds degrees from The University of Minnesota, The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and the State University of New York at Oneonta, and has studied composition at the Czech-American Summer Music Institute and the Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis.

Philippe Costaglioli, a native of Catalonia and Southern France, pursues his creative work in three languages as an author of poetry, short stories, and children’s books. He is a Professor of Film Studie sat St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. His poetry is published in France by Les Editions de L’Arriére-Pays and in Barcelona by Jardine de Sarmacanda.

Scott Miller: Dressing Up

Dressing Up (2005)
by Scott Miller

Scott L. Miller is a composer described as ‘a true force on the avant-garde ambient scene’ and of ‘high adventure avant-garde music of the best sort’ (Classical-Modern Music Review). Best known for interactive electroacoustic chamber music and ecosystemic performance pieces, his recent work experiments with virtual reality applications in live concert settings. Raba is his latest album of audiovisual (and VR) music, available on New Focus Recordings. Three-time McKnight Composer Fellow and Past-President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S., his work is frequently performed by soloists, ensembles, and festivals throughout North America and Europe. Recordings of his music are available on New Focus Recordings, Panoramic, Innova, Eroica, CRS, rarescale and SEAMUS, and his music is published by ACA (American Composers Alliance), Tetractys, and Jeanné.

Miller is a Professor of Music at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, where he teaches composition, electroacoustic music, and theory. He is Past-President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S. (SEAMUS) and presently Director of SEAMUS Records. He holds degrees from The University of Minnesota, The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and the State University of New York at Oneonta, and has studied composition at the Czech-American Summer Music Institute and the Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis.

Philippe Costaglioli, a native of Catalonia and Southern France, pursues his creative work in three languages as an author of poetry, short stories, and children’s books. He is a Professor of Film Studie sat St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. His poetry is published in France by Les Editions de L’Arriére-Pays and in Barcelona by Jardine de Sarmacanda.