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Release Date: January 8, 2016

Catalog #: RR7921

 

 

 

 

TRACK TITLES

1 Orb Spells Electronic Sounds

I. Astrolabe

II. Eclipsis

III. Stella Octangula

IV. Trine

V. Pulsar

 

TaleSpin Disklavier & Electronic Sounds

Gregory Allen, Yamaha Disklavier

 

Lizamander Flute & Computer

Elizabeth McNutt, flute

 

Zylamander Horn & Computer

Patrick Hughes, horn

 

5 ManderLeone Flute & Computer

Leone Buyse, flute

 

6 Full Circle Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Bassoon, & Piano

Texas Qua-Tro – Rebecca Henderson, oboe; Vanguel Tangarov, clarinet; Kristin Jensen, bassoon; Colette Valentine, piano

I. Bursting Forth

II. Looking Back

III. In the Moment

IV. All the Above

 

Summer Rhapsody Violoncello & Piano

Bion Tsang, violoncello; Colette Valentine, piano

 

ALSO ON RAVELLO RECORDS

 

TORNADO PROJECT (RR7908)

2015

BALANCING ACTS

Russell Pinkston

 

 

OVERVIEW

On his Ravello Records release BALANCING ACTS, composer and sound designer Russell Pinkston showcases a selection of his compositions for acoustic instruments and electronic sounds. Most of these pieces combine the two, capitalizing on the absolute precision and unlimited sonic potential of electronic media, while still taking advantage of the spontaneity and expressivity of live performance. Several works feature interactive software written by the composer, which tracks a live performer and generates an electronic accompaniment in real time.

 

“In my view,” says Pinkston, “there is an inherent tension between the acoustic and the electronic sound worlds, between sounds that radiate from the resonating physical bodies of acoustic instruments and those which emanate from loudspeakers.”

 

The composer fashions this tension within the pieces themselves and in the program of the album. Works range from the purely electronic, such as Orb Spells (2004), a five-movement work that is heavily based on Indian tabla rhythms, to the purely acoustic, such as Full Circle (2013) – written for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and piano – and Summer Rhapsody (2006), a straightforward and short work for violoncello and piano commissioned by renowned cellist Carlos Prieto. Between these two extremes of instrumentation are pieces like Lizamander (2003) for solo flute and interactive electronic sounds, which was written for flautist Elizabeth McNutt and described by the Computer Music Journal as “a careful balance of traditionally stark computer-generated sounds and attractive harmonic and rhythmic elements.”

 

A founding member and former President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), former Regional Representative for the Americas for the International Computer Music Association, and current Professor of Music Composition and Director of Electronic Music Studios at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, Pinkston has been on the foreground of innovation and integration of electronic and computer sounds into the contemporary music paradigm.

 

For more information please visit the album website to access study scores, liner notes, biographies, and more: http://ravellorecords.com/balancingacts/

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Pinkston is Professor of Music Composition and Director of Electronic Music Studios at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music

 

His compositions span a wide range of different media, including symphonic, choral, and chamber works, electronic music for modern dance, and interactive performance pieces

 

Pinkston has received a number of significant honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and a senior Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil

 

He is a founding member and former President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), and has served as Regional Representative for the Americas for the International Computer Music Association

 

Pinkston is a member of the Tornado Project, a set of commissioned works for flute, clarinet, and computer sounds. The collective of trans-Atlantic composers and performers released TORNADO PROJECT on Ravello Records in July 2015, on which Pinkston’s work e++, performed by flautist Elizabeth McNutt and clarinetist Esther Lamneck, is featured

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

Russell Pinkston (b. 1949) currently resides in Austin TX, where he is Professor of Music Composition and Director of Electronic Music Studios at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College (BA 1975) and Columbia University (MA 1979, DMA 1984), where he studied composition with Jon Appleton, Jack Beeson, Mario Davidovsky, George Edwards, and Chou Wen-chung. He is active both as a composer and as a prominent pedagogue and researcher in the field of computer music. His compositions span a wide range of different media, including symphonic, choral, and chamber works, electronic music for modern dance, and interactive performance pieces. He has received a number of significant honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and a senior Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil. He is a founding member and former President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, and has served as Regional Representative for the Americas for the International Computer Music Association.

 

www.russellpinkston.com

 

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