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Author Archives: nate
This month, Ben and Nate talk with Chris Biggs and Keith Kirchoff about the SPLICE institute, their music, teaching performers to run Max and DAWs, helping composers to go to the next level. Then Nate explains microcontrollers.
- More news from from NAMM:
- The Jamstik a guitar controller for your iPad
- From the always great Synthopia – Darwin Art’s Trilobyte synth. A synth that evolves!
- Korg has a demo of their remake of the ARP Odyssey.
- Propellerhead’s Discover platform lets you make music between applications and with users all over the world!
- Want to know what the sounds removed from an mp3 sound like?
- Our guests Christopher Biggs (Digital Composition professor at Western Michigan University) and Keith Kirchoff (pianist/composer) talk about the new SPLICE Institute – Awesome summer program at Western Michigan University for composers/performers of electro-acoustic music.
- Nate’s 2-minute challenge is all about microcontrollers in music.
- Keith and Chris share some of their favorite gear too.
This week on SoundNotion, the panel is joined by composer Michael Gordon. The third installment of his City Symphonies, *El Sol Caliente* was premiered with the New World Symphony in January and *Michael Gordon + Bach* is at the Miller Theatre Match 12th.
- Composer Michael Gordon joins us.
- The third installment of his City Symphonies El Sol Caliente with filmmaker Bill Morrison premiered in January.
- Miller Theatre if featuring Gordon’s works Hyper and Dry with Michael Gordon + Bach.
- Christoph Eschenbach leaving National Symphony.
- Chinese conductor Long Yu’s Composer 20:20 project.
- ‘New music Youtube’ with I Care if You Listen dot teevee.
This week, we replay our September 2014 interview with composer Scott Wheeler. We discuss writing for voice, and the trials and tribulations of microphones.
- This week on SoundNotion, the panel is joined by composer Scott Wheeler to discuss his new opera Naga co-commissioned by Boston Lyric Opera and Beth Morrison Projects (featured on SN 142, 24 Nov, 2013).
- The work is part the Ouroboros Trilogy of operas around the same characters and folk source material conceived by Charles and Cerise Lim Jacobs that includes the pulitzer-winning work Madame White Snake by Zhou Long plus Wheeler’s Naga and Gilgamesh by Paola Prestini. The completed trilogy will be premiered in a day-long event in 2016.
- Scott also has a new album of orchestral music out on the BMOP label. Crazy Weather is available now and it’s our Pick of the Week.
- Friend of the show Alex Ross has some quibbles with classical music streaming. The SN panel does as well. It’s called METADATA! Alan Pierson on the AWS blog and Bob Shingleton on On An Overgrown Path have some quibbles as well.
- Speaking of quibbles, the BBCdefends its snub of Harrison Birtwistle. We aren’t buying.
- Round three of the recently revamped New Music USA grants project proves that they aren’t afraid to roll with the punches and respond to their stakeholders. This year will feature more funding for smaller projects.
- AND – sigh – Labor issues in Atlanta. A lockout may be imminent – OOPS, scratch that – Atlanta musicians ARE locked out. Drew McManus will keep you up to date.
The New York Philharmonic is looking for a new music director, the Grammys are in, the American Composers Forum announces its 2015 _Champrions of New Music_ awards, and the Minnesota Orchestra is going to Cuba (via Germany for some reason).
In this episode we talk to Gloria Cheng about her new album, look at the Oscar nominations, some recent news about Hans Zimmer and Alexander Desplat, Lord of the Rings concert news, and what Bill’s been listening to lately.
- Michael Mann responds to Harry Gregson-Williams Facebook post about the Blackhat score.
- Hans Zimmer bits:
- Alexander Desplat bits:
- Philip Glass and Marco Beltrami to co-score The Fantastic Four.
- Kickstarter project Score: A Film Music Documentary launches Feb. 15.
- Symphony Silicon Valley to play two LOTR cycles in April.
- Michael Giacchino speaks about scoring Jupiter Ascending for the Wachowskis.
- Happy Birthday John Williams!
- Bill has been listening to Nightcrawler by James Newton Howard, American Sniper by Clint Eastwood and Joseph S. DeBeasi, Saving Mr. Banks by Thomas Newman, and A Million Ways to Die in the West by Joel McNeely
- Oscar Nominations for Best Song:
- “Everything Is Awesome” from THE LEGO MOVIE – Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
- “Glory” from SELMA – Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
- “Grateful” from BEYOND THE LIGHTS – Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
- “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME – Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
- “Lost Stars” from BEGIN AGAIN – Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois
- Oscar Nominations for Best Score: