Program Notes

INCIDENTS OF SUDDEN AWARENESS

for Digital Orchestra (2016)

The music is divided into two parts with a slight break between. Sounds include digital ‘orchestral’ instruments including conventional sounding strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion, digitally modified instruments, and electronic sounds.

Part 1: 16:02

Part 2: 12:44

MOONLIGHT

for Fixed Media (2016)

Recorded segments are from Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata (Adagio sostenuto), Alfred Brendel, Piano, and Debussy’s Clair de Lune, Garrick Ohlsson, Piano – combined with astronaut voices from the Apollo 11 1969 moon voyage, digital speech, and original electronic music.

VARIATIONS WITHOUT A THEME

for Keyboard Synthesizer and Electronic Music (2016)

(Fixed Media)

The music for Keyboard Synthesizer contains 9 movements, separated by short segments of electronic music. In addition continuous electronic music interacts in musical concert with the synthesizer much like an instrumental concerto.

Each of the 9 movements features a different synthesizer ‘voice’. The Keyboard Synthesizer music was composed, then recorded employing the different synthesizer samples. Finally the electronic music was added.

The title Variations Without a Theme is founded on the evolutionary principle that there is no shared purpose in life, no ‘theme’ if you will. Each Variation borrows musical material from one or more of the remaining 8 Variations, which results in the development of a unique musical ‘personality’. In the end, a kind of musical (similar to genetic) variation shapes the whole.

John Holland – Keyboard Synthesizer, Electronic Music