Being in Time

Instrumentation: Wind Ensemble & Electronics
Duration: 10:00
Commission: University of Virginia
Premiere: 4/26/15
UVA Wind Ensemble, William Pease, Conductor
Old Cabell Auditorium, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Purchase Music: Contact the composer for perusal score and rental information.


Program Note:
Being in Time, for wind ensemble and electronics plays with our experience of flow. Supported in part by a Faculty Research Grant for the Arts from the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts at the Univerisity of Virginia, the original version, scored for wind ensemble, conductor-controlled electronics, and interactive video, was premiered by the UVA Wind Ensemble. It combined interactive technologies: a Kinect controller reads the conductor’s gestures to play and shape the electronic sound; activity level, amplitude and frequency bands collected from two microphones controlled the visual elements.

While developing the concept, I thought about the relationship between time and place and decided to make all the elements local in origin, in Charlottesville and the beautiful surrounding Blue Ridge region. I created the electronic music by processing recordings I made of wind ensemble members; all of the images were also drawn from local scenes.

To make the piece accessible to a variety of wind ensembles, it is now available with stereo electronic playback and without the interactive elements. It was performed in this version by the UT-Austin Wind Ensemble conducted by Jerry Junkin to great effect.

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