Lighting The Sky

This was written in response to naviarhaiku 193

  Now gathering,
  Now scattering,
  Fireflies over the river.

The piece is written for Piccolo and three Flutes.

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States

Water can exist in the three states, gas, liquid and solid.

States looks at these three, with recordings of each, our tea kettle, overflow from Lake Kittamaqundi, and cracking ice.

 

States
  Gas – for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Vibraphone
  Liquid – for Violin, Viola, Cello and Vibraphone
  Solid – for Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba and Vibraphone

States
States – Scores

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Cool Stars Enter

This was written in response to naviarhaiku 192

The lamp once out
Cool stars enter
The window frame.

The piece is written for two Flutes, two Oboes, two Clarinets and Triangle.

Cool Stars Enter
Cool Stars Enter – Score

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Springtime in Edo

This piece was written for naviarhaiku 191 in response to Takarai Kikaku’s haiku:

Springtime in Edo,
Not a day passes without
A temple bell sold

It is scored for Crotales, Tubular Bells, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass

Springtime in Edo
Score

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Bathurst Stain

This piece was written for the Disquiet Junto Project 0295: Disregard Echoes

This was written in response to the following haiku:

   Poisoned Waterhole:
   Violent disregard echoes.
   Keenly felt today.

I know little about the history of Australia, but Americans know how we treated the indigenous people when the Europeans arrived. This is a stain on our history that cannot be erased, and should not be erased.

Bathurst Stain is about the treatment of the Wiradjuri in just one instance, where locals poisoned a waterhole to rid themselves of these people.

This piece is scored for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Timpani, Side Drum, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.

Bathurst Stain
Bathurst Stain – Score

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Bassel Speaks

This piece was written for Disquiet Junto Project 0294: Offline Status

Bassel Khartabil was an open-source coder who did a lot of work in CGI before being imprisoned in Syria. Word of his execution just recently became public.

Record a piece of music that either begins with or ends with the full audio of Bassel’s voice.

In listening to the clip the first thing I heard was something ticking in the background, which sounded ominous to me. I decided to use that element in the form of a single note on a xylophone to hold everything together, as it encapsulated the indifference of time.

The original idea contained many instruments but the more I narrowed things down the more it made sense. Three instruments work their own idea of the theme as they play alongside one another, stepping away to let the other offer its own take on things. His voice encapsulates the idea that although the theme is clearly distinguishable at times, when it is broken apart and played in retrograde it cannot be heard, as he could not see anyone.

This piece is written for Clarinet, Flute, Oboe and Xylophone.

Bassel Speaks
Bassel Speaks – Score

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The Sun Returns

This piece was written Disquiet Junto Project 0292: Eclipse Music and is dedicated to the memory of Bassel Khartabil.

I have seen two eclipses and hope to see another one soon, weather permitting. I imagined a time when eclipses were not understood and it was thought that they were a portent of the end of the world, as the sun disappeared into the moon. This piece is of the thoughts of those people as they began to see the sun emerge from behind the moon and realized that they would live another day.

This piece is scored for Trombone, Bass Trombone, Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, Baritones, Basses, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.

The Sun Returns
The Sun Returns – Score

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