A Collection of Works

Jean-Paul Perrotte composer

Release Date: November 19, 2021
Catalog #: RR8058
Format: Digital
21st Century
Large Ensemble

A COLLECTION OF WORKS from composer Jean-Paul Perrotte and Ravello Records encapsulates forces of nature with modern musical composition, interpreting the power of water, landscapes, and the human mind. With original works written between 2007 and 2021, this electroacoustic concoction blends traditional instrumentation with computer generated sounds in deep soundscapes, capturing the mysterious essence of dream states and the strength of flowing water and unifying classical and electronic music under one compositional canopy.


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Track Listing & Credits

# Title Composer Performer
01 River on a Snowy Afternoon Jean-Paul Perrotte Jean-Paul Perrotte, video 3:59
02 Get Lost in a Dream Jean-Paul Perrotte Eric Fassbender, bassoon 10:26
03 The River Flows, Shaping a Changing Landscape Jean-Paul Perrotte Jason Altieri, conductor; Mary Miller, flute; Eric Fassbender, oboe; David Erke, Bb clarinet; Benjamin Benson, bassoon; Andrew Hegland, percussion; Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, violin 1; Amy Lindsey, violin 2; Catherine Matovich, viola; Joseph Tatum, cello 10:40
04 Composition for EEG & Computer Jean-Paul Perrotte Co-composed with Gideon Caplovitz 7:34
05 All Pulls Toward the Sea Jean-Paul Perrotte 8:38

Track 2
Recorded October 19, 2015 at Dr. Arturo Rando-Grillot Recital Hall at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in Las Vegas NV

Track 3
Recorded October 9, 2015 at Wayne and Miriam Prim Theater at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno NV
Recorded with Imirage Sound Lab Mobile; Mixed at Imirage Sound Lab in Sparks NV
Session Producer Jean-Paul Perrotte
Session Engineer and Mixing Tom Gordon for Inspired Amateur Productions
Assistant Session Engineer Credits Amber Snyder and Mike Jenkins
Session Assistant Timothy Chatwood

Track 4
Computer Programing Assistance Credit Elizabeth “Bette” Phillips
Video and Still Images Credit Stefan A. Rose
Video and Sound Editing Credit Jean-Paul Perrotte

Track 5
Video and Sound Editing Credit Mark NeuCollins and Jean-Paul Perrotte

Mastering Shaun Michaud

The production of this collection of work was made possible by funding from:
The Scholarly and Creative Activities Grant from the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at the University of Nevada, Reno
The Marian Mogel Music Endowment from the Department of Music at the University of Nevada, Reno
The National Science Foundation Award Number 1632849 RII Track-2 FEC: Neural networks underlying the integration of knowledge and perception.
Gideon Caplovitz

Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
A&R Quinton Blue

VP of Production Jeff LeRoy
Audio Director Lucas Paquette

VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming
Publicity Patrick Niland, Sara Warner

Artist Information

Jean-Paul Perrotte

Jean-Paul Perrotte


Jean-Paul Perrotte is an American composer of French and Ecuadorian descent whose work includes compositions for electronics, acoustic instruments, voice, video, dancers, and improvisation using Max/MSP. His works have been performed internationally and presented in prestigious art galleries like the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha NE. Perrotte has also co-written a chapter with Brett Van Hoesen titled Sound Art - New Only in Name: A Selected History of German Sound Works from the Last Century from the edited volume Germany in the Loud Twentieth Century. Perrotte received his Ph.D. in Composition from the University of Iowa in 2013 and is currently Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the ElectroAcoustic Composition Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno.


This collection of works spans from 2007 to 2021, and present my musical and artistic visions in both video and acoustic formats. I would like to thank my parents, Louis and Magdalena Perrotte for their unwavering lifetime of support. I would also like to thank my boys Louis-Marcel and Emile, who remind me every day that music is within all of us and above all is FUN! Most importantly, I want to dedicate this collection of my work to my beautiful wife Brett Van Hoesen. If it were not for her constant support and unending belief in me as a composer and artist I would never have been able to realize my dreams. My lovely Brett truly is my inspiration.

River on a Snowy Afternoon depicts the deceptive power of the Iowa River as it moves the university campus in Iowa City. It has always fascinated me, and it’s a very illusive and ominous feeling that I try to convey in this work. This piece was created in December 2007, about 6 months before the floods of June 2008 which destroyed much of the arts campus at the University of Iowa.

Get Lost in a Dream was written for my friend and colleague Dr. Eric Fassbender. Tape and performer move in and out of each other, thus blurring the line between the electronic and the acoustic. This piece conveys the changes in mood as if the listener was moving through a dream. Key clicks represent twitching fingers while asleep, and the final breaths bring us back to the real world as we are about to wake up.

… the river flows, shaping a changing landscape … is a contrapuntal composition that helps to create the feeling of movement of the Truckee River as it journeys from Lake Tahoe, through the Sierra Nevada and Reno, finally coming to rest in Pyramid Lake. A changing landscape is shaped by the will and strength of the flowing river.

Composition for EEG and Computer is a piece of live streamed data from the performer wearing an EEG headset, sent into Max/MSP, and converted to produce sound and to manipulate video of brain MRIs.

All Pulls Toward the Sea illustrates the journey of water. What starts with a single drop of water slowly builds to a stream, then a river and ending finally in the sea. On this long journey, moments of the past join moments of the present and move forward towards the future which awaits in the sea.

— Jean-Paul Perrotte