Love

Duration: approx. 1:00

Difficulty: ★☆☆☆☆

Released: 2018

Players: (2) 3 flower pots + voice

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(written for Sebastian Buhts + Alexandra Porter)

About “Love”

WRITTEN FOR 2018 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC
WINNER OF 2018 CORTONA SESSIONS IRON COMPOSER COMPETITION

“LOVE” is a short, semi-theatrical piece that comically tells the story of a failing relationship in which one party is completely oblivious to its collapse.

The percussion part for “LOVE” calls for the percussionist to perform a simple melody on 3 flower pots while verbally responding to the vocalist with growing anger and frustration. The vocalist sings their text in any major mode and in a romantic style with inflections of infatuation.

“LOVE” comes to an explosive finale as the percussionist yells “Dammit Linda!” while smashing a flower pot on the floor. It is recommended that the percussionist have an additional fourth flower pot on stage to avoid destroying one of their usable tuned flower pots. The name “Linda” may be changed for dramatic/comedic effect.

“LOVE” is great for students looking to collaborate with vocalists and experiment with narrative/theatrical percussion music. “LOVE” is also a great piece to include on recitals as a comedic interlude.

Glass Tiger

Duration: 4:56

Difficulty: ★★★★☆

Released: 2017

Players: (1) 4 pitched resonant objects, 1 high-pitched non-resonant metal, 1 low-pitched non-resonant non-metal

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(commissioned by Wes Fowler)

About “Glass Tiger”

“GLASS TIGER” is a multi-percussion solo commissioned by Wes Fowler and was premiered by him on September 14th, 2018.

“GLASS TIGER” was initially composed with the idea that all of the instruments used in the setup could fit in a backpack/suitcase, so that “GLASS TIGER” would be an easy piece to travel with. Since the specific instrumentation is left up to the performer, setups can range in size from small (ex. woodblocks + desk bells) to large (ex. tom-toms and tuned gongs)!

The opening motif is played by the right hand, which is then joined by the left hand playing the same motif – offset rhythmically by a 16th note. The entire piece is structured around the performer playing ‘in phase’ with themselves and the rhythmic patterns moving around the setup to create melodic structures and patterns.

“GLASS TIGER” is great for students familiar with multi-percussion music and looking to explore minimalist and pattern-based music.

Kitchen Music, Part I

Duration: 4:00 (approx.)

Difficulty: ★★★☆☆

Released: 2017

Players: (1) 10 found objects + microwave

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About Kitchen Music

“KITCHEN MUSIC” is an indeterminate piece I wrote to experiment with music notation. I wrote this piece to be played in the kitchen my dorm room at Vanderbilt University (the original setup is pictured in the cover art) hence the name “KITCHEN MUSIC.” This piece can be played in the kitchen or the concert hall.

“KITCHEN MUSIC, PART 1” is great for students interested in multi-percussion music, unconventional notation, improvisation, or with limited access to traditional percussion instruments.

How To Read This Score

For this piece, the score is comprised of three lines of rhythms, and a grid.

  • Along the left side of the grid are the list of instruments: 4 tuned glasses (any pitches), 2 bowls, 2 plates, and 2 other found sounds (originally I found two parts of an oven to play on). The other instrument needed to perform this piece is a microwave.
  • Along the bottom of the grid are measure numbers. Each column is a measure.
  • Along the top of the grid are rhythmic numbers. These numbers correspond to the three lines of rhythms written above the grid.

The score (grid) reads left-to-right. The performer can repeat each measure as many times as they want. Shaded squares indicate the instruments that can be used during that measure. The performer should use all of the instruments indicated in each measure to play the given rhythmic structure. For example – in measure 5, the performer should play rhythm #2 on tuned glasses 1 & 4.

You will notice that in measure one, the indicated rhythm is “W” and in measure fourteen the rhythm is “M.”

  • “W” – Fill Bowl 2 with water and strike Bowl 2 with mallet/stick one time.
  • “M” – Place Bowl 2 in microwave and set it to cook for 30 seconds.

The lines and dots around measures 15 & 16 are meant to indicate that these measures are to be repeated while the water is begin cooked in the microwave.

Performance Notes

Select a microwave that has a repetitive (and potentially annoying) dinging sound when the microwave’s timer goes off. The piece ends with the performer playing rhythm #2 against the rhythm of the microwave’s timer.

To end the piece, it is up to the performer whether or not they will turn off the microwave’s timer at the same time they stop playing, before they stop, or after they stop.

At the beginning of the piece, the performer must fill Bowl 2 with water. In the original setting for this piece, the performer could simply turn to the sink and fill up the bowl (since this piece takes place in a kitchen). To perform this piece in a concert hall, feel free to use other means to fill up the bowl (water bottle, bucket, hose, etc).