Smoke and Mirrors (2013)

for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano, and electroacoustic music

8 min

Most of my electroacoustic music involving live performers takes advantage of the potential for perceptual ambiguity between acoustic and electroacoustic domains. Each domain engages in a sort of cross-pollination with the other, where ideas from the acoustic world appear in the electronics and vice versa, resulting in an overall integrated gestalt. In Smoke and Mirrors, I took this approach again with the guiding concept of considering the ensemble and electronics as two components of an object or image capable of gradually coming into and out of focus. Smoke and Mirrors was commissioned as part of the 2012 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commissioning Program and has been released on CD the Music from SEAMUS Volume 23.

Performances

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March 31, 2017

Ensemble Dal Niente

Society of Composers National Conference

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

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September 12, 2016

Modelo62

International Computer Music Conference

TivoliVredenburg, Hertz

Vlaamse Toren 7

Utrecht, NL

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May 22, 2016

Switch~ Ensemble

Jason Thorpe Buchanan, conductor

Queens New Music Festival

Big Secret Theatre

Long Island City, Queens, NY

November 7, 2014

Eighth Blackbird

Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival

Camp Concert Hall

Richmond, VA

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June 2, 2014

Switch~ Ensemble

Jason Thorpe Buchanan, conductor

New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival

Abrons Arts Center

New York City, NY

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May 21, 2014

Switch~ Ensemble

Daniel Bassin, conductor

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

Buffalo, NY

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November 20, 2013

Switch~ Ensemble

Jason Thorpe Buchanan, conductor

Eastman Computer Music Center Concert

Hatch Recital Hall

Rochester, NY

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November 2, 2013

Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble

Tim Weiss, conductor

Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival

Camp Concert Hall

Richmond, VA

April 20, 2013

Ensemble 61

SEAMUS Conference and Music Festival

Central Presbyterian Church

St. Paul, MN