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  • erichonour.com
    open hole bass flute and computer This new work is part of a project which received a grant from New Music USA to produce a collection of works for Gutierrez and her new Kingma system bass flute Gutierrez premiered the work on January 11 2015 as part of the Frequency Series at Constellation Chicago More details on the NewMusicUSA site The score and a recording are available here I performed my piece Extensions for saxophone and computer at the 2015 Electroacoustic Barn Dance at University of Mary Washington in Virginia June 28 I performed my piece Handcrafted Ale for beer and computer at this year s NYCEMF festival I m performing on the last concert of the festival starting at 8PM in the Abrons Arts Center The Thelema Trio Belgium gave the world premiere of my new composition Prayers to Broken Stone in Gent on April 2 It comprises nine short movements based on specific images from poetry by T S Eliot They also performed the work at a number of locations in the U S during April as part of their 2015 U S tour Video of their performance of the piece at UCM is now online I ve just posted a nice studio recording of the UCM Wind Ensemble performing my new work from 2014 The Persistence of Magic for wind ensemble and live electronics The group premiered the piece at the 2014 CBDNA Southwest Division Conference video of the premiere here Spring 2015 was very busy performances in Chicago and Indianapolis in January video sample here from my concert at Butler University Stephan Vermeersch continues to perform Quirk regularly Los Angeles in June and Madrid in July for the 2015 ClarinetFest Quirk was also accepted to the 2015 SEAMUS conference and clarinetist Trevor Davis gave an excellent

    Original URL path: http://www.erichonour.com/ (2016-02-10)
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  • erichonour.com • here is no water but only rock for saxophone quartet
    the poem features some of Eliot s most striking and effective imagery Beginning in the second stanza at line 331 with the words Here is no water but only rock Eliot s imagery turns dry suffocating and desperate His use of repetition over the next 27 lines drives home the feeling of a person lost in a desert of rock searching endlessly for water but finding none In the quartet here is no water but only rock the music is similarly arid especially in the opening section and searches futilely for stability and comfort It achieves a sort of stability and trajectory in the end through appropriating the rhythms and energy of rock music but mixed with a grating dissonant aggressive sense of harmony which offers no succor or release The closest the music comes to water is in the tenor saxophone solo at rehearsal letter J which references the God Music section of Crumb s Black Angels but the search ends once more in rock Score and Recording Click the PDF icon below for a viewable score in PDF format For a printable score and other performance materials including the necessary software please contact me Phantasm Music for Saxophone

    Original URL path: http://www.erichonour.com/compositions/chamber/hereisnowaterbutonlyrock.html (2016-02-10)
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  • erichonour.com • Stutter Edit for open-hole bass flute and computer
    or later It is readily available from the composer and runs with the free version of Max The software comes with detailed instructions for setup and operation Feel free to contact the composer for help with the software or with any other questions about the piece This piece requires the performer to trigger the computer a number of times throughout its duration The use of a footpedal is recommended If a footpedal is not available a second operator can trigger the computer The computer defaults to expecting an HID footpedal but several other options are available Please contact the composer with any questions about how to connect and operate the footpedal Please see the chart below for an overview of graphic symbols used in the score including the symbol for the footpedal This work makes extensive use of real time computer processing of the bass flute performance The use of two high quality microphones preferably condenser mics and ideally lavaliere types affixed to the flute is thus imperative To the extent possible the first mic should be positioned near the headjoint with the second positioned in the middle of the keys The mic signals must be routed into MaxMSP as described in the software This piece is heavily influenced by popular music especially EDM In the hall it should be quite loud as at a dance club nearly but not quite deafening The software provides mixing controls over all the various elements of the work live flute live processing drum grooves etc The mix between the flute and the computer should be equal with the flute clearly audible but not mixed in front of the computer Please note as well drawing on EDM the work features extended low frequency content The use of a high quality sound reinforcement system preferably

    Original URL path: http://www.erichonour.com/compositions/solo/StutterEdit.html (2016-02-10)
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  • erichonour.com • Handcrafted Ale for beer and computer
    in crafting unique delicious beers As a composer audio engineer and performer I love exploring the intersections between music and technology This work extends the sound world that exists around the enjoyment of a great beer through live granular and spectral audio processing in Max Technical Requirements Intel based Mac running OS 10 6 or later impossible to perform the work on Windows or Linux at present sorry Max 6 1 6 or later or the free Max Runtime environment Two contact microphones and one lavaliere microphone or other The free SoundMagic Spectral plug ins by Michael Norris A suitable audio interface One bottle or can of high quality beer One beer glass Max and Max Runtime are available here from Cycling 74 The Michael Norris plug ins are available for free from his website Click here If you will use an iPad to control the stereo version of the work or if you want to perform the quad octophonic version of the work you will need the TouchOSC app which is available on the App Store or via the TouchOSC website Performance Materials and Video Stereo version Click here to download a ZIP archive with the performance software and

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  • erichonour.com • neither from nor towards for clarinet, baritone saxophone, and piano
    inspired by the third part of the poem The Hollow Men by T S Eliot The poem is available in its entirety here I like Eliot s poetry very much several of my pieces are titled after his work and composed in reaction to his imagery In this particular case the poetry presents a number of compelling images and fragments and I took those to form the movement titles The music in each movement reflects the meaning of the title and the way the various images fit together to some degree In the way I approached the composition of this work I was also influenced by George Crumb s monumental piece Black Angels for electric string quartet The formal structure of the movements in my piece is similar to that work and the sound world is somewhat similar as well Score and Recording Click the PDF icon below for a viewable score in PDF format coming soon For a printable score and other performance materials including the necessary software please contact me Phantasm Music for Saxophone and Computer In 2009 I toured extensively across Europe and the United States with a program of eleven works for saxophone and computer Cover

    Original URL path: http://www.erichonour.com/compositions/chamber/PrayersToBrokenStone.html (2016-02-10)
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  • erichonour.com • The Persistence of Magic for Wind Ensemble & Live Electronics
    in a place of monumental events that occurred there Something about the concepts of endurance and of magic spoke to me and sitting on the beach looking out across Monterey Bay I began the initial sketches for The Persistence of Magic However I became busy with other projects and dissatisfied with the way the work was going and let it sit Almost ten years later Scott Lubaroff approached me to write a work for wind ensemble that would also showcase music technology I decided I wanted to include live electronics in the new work capturing the sounds of some of the soloists in the ensemble and processing them live to create new textures and timbres unachievable with acoustic means alone In looking through my sketchbooks and old files for inspiration and good ideas I came across my sketches for this work and realized that it would be a perfect fit Current music technology is capable of incredible nearly magical feats and returning to music that had lain fallow for almost ten years reminded me of the events depicted in the novel that inspired the title Many elements of the newly completed work are composed to play with the ideas of persistence and of working magic Structured as a concerto grosso in three continuous movements the work sets a small group of soloists augmented with technological magic against the full ensemble Musical fragments recur throughout the work beginning with the motives introduced in the initial movement Incantation The second movement Drawing the Circle is a musical setting of a ritual magical procedure developing momentum and power Finally the third movement deals with the importance of persistence and the final triumphs that it brings Score and Recording Click the PDF icon below for a viewable score in PDF format For a printable

    Original URL path: http://www.erichonour.com/compositions/largeensemble/ThePersistenceofMagic.html (2016-02-10)
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  • erichonour.com • Quirk for bass clarinet and computer
    the performer to trigger the computer a number of times throughout its duration The use of a footpedal is recommended If a footpedal is not available a second operator can trigger the computer The computer defaults to expecting an HID footpedal but several other options are available Please contact the composer with any questions about how to connect and operate the footpedal Please see the chart below for an overview of graphic symbols used in the score including the symbol for the footpedal This work makes extensive use of real time computer processing of the bass clarinet performance The use of a high quality microphone preferably a condenser microphone is thus imperative To the extent possible the mic should be positioned to pick up a balanced sound from the entire bass clarinet The mic must be routed into MaxMSP as described in the software This piece is heavily influenced by popular music especially hip hop and funk In the hall it should be quite loud as at a dance club nearly but not quite deafening The software provides mixing controls over all the various elements of the work live clarinet live processing drum grooves etc The mix between the clarinet and the computer should be equal with the clarinet clearly audible but not mixed in front of the computer Please note as well drawing on hip hop the work features extended low frequency content The use of a high quality sound reinforcement system preferably with one or more subwoofers is recommended The work is available in 2 5 and 8 channel versions and is easily extensible to more channels In the two sections marked Freely mm 45 74 and 115 142 the performer should take the indicated tempo as a suggestion for the average tempo He or she should play

    Original URL path: http://www.erichonour.com/compositions/solo/quirk.html (2016-02-10)
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  • erichonour.com • Phantasm for alto saxophone and computer
    live saxophone part is derived throughout from the earlier work but with the materials twisted and bent into new haunting shapes distorted through extended saxophone performance techniques The computer makes use of pre recorded materials as well as live granular processing of the saxophone to create washes and clouds of sound The first large section of the work Digital Ritual serves to call the phantasm forth and repeatedly ritualistically pairs samples of Kenyan Nyatiti harp with various rhythm patterns derived from the West African bembe As time goes by these rural traditional sounds are wrenched into the 21st century undergoing extremes of digital distortion and aliasing noise as the saxophone s invocation grows more and more frenetic and intense The second large section of the work Phantasm places a new saxophone line in counterpoint against the revenant of the older original saxophone recording Both old and new feature extensive granular processing to blur the edges between them and achieve a new synthesis of texture and timbre Score and Recording Click the PDF icon below for a viewable score in PDF format For a printable score and other performance materials including the necessary software please contact me Phantasm Music for Saxophone

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