Eric Simonson, Composer
Eric Simonson, Composer
And the Name of the Star was Wormwood (score pdf)
for flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano, percussion, and live electronics
Wormwood2.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.6 MB]

And the Name of the Star was Wormwood (excerpts from live performance by SoundOn)

Lisa Cella, flute/piccolo; Robert Zelickman, clarinet/bass clarinet; Mark Menzies, violin; Franklin Cox, cello; Sean Dowgray, vibraphone; Christopher Adler, piano; Colin McAllister, guitar; Eric Simonson, conductor

wwd-exc-1.mp3
MP3 audio file [1.9 MB]
wwd-exc-2.mp3
MP3 audio file [2.7 MB]
wwd-exc-3.mp3
MP3 audio file [3.8 MB]

Vision 4 (score pdf)

for piano, live electronics and electro-acoustic sounds

vision 4-big-paper.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.2 MB]

Vision 4 (live performance of 1/6/2016, SoundOn festival, composer as soloist)

v4-p1.mp3
MP3 audio file [10.1 MB]
v4-p2.mp3
MP3 audio file [10.7 MB]

Quilting Bee from Ann and Abe (score pdf)

for orchestra

Quilting_Bee.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [843.1 KB]

Quilting Bee (mp3-computer generated version, featuring wave guide instruments)

quilting-bee-scene_part_1.mp3
MP3 audio file [4.4 MB]
quilting-bee-scene_part_2.mp3
MP3 audio file [5.9 MB]

Synth Kit Music (2014) for 8-channel cubic fixed media

After acquiring my PAiA 9700 series modular synthesizer kit and assembling it (learning some very valuable soldering skills in the process), I was anxious to see what kind of sound world could be created with it.  Not being content with quadrophonic, I embarked on my first adventure in 8-channel cubic spatialization.  The version below, alas, is 2-channel.  

Synth_Kit.mp3
MP3 audio file [6.7 MB]

Imaginary Cavern Study No. 2 (2012) for 4-channel fixed media

This is the second in a series of 4-channel pieces that combine pure electronic sounds (additive synthesis) with pre-recorded materials. In this case, open air sounds of oil wells pumping, walking through dry grass, and stumbling over a sheet of corrugated tin are subjected to fragmentation and transposition. Additive synthesis instruments using FFT snapshots of these sounds attempt a more conventional “musical” commentary on the proceedings, albeit in an unconventional 15-tone equal temperament.  The link below is to a 2-channel version.

icvs2.mp3
MP3 audio file [7.9 MB]

Wii Games (2011) for Wiimote controller, electro-acoustic sounds and orchestra, commissioned by the Danville Symphony Orchestra

Wii Games(Score)-2nd Version.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [471.7 KB]
A synthesized realization.
Wii Games-realization.mp3
MP3 audio file [10.7 MB]

Tambo and Bones Revisited (2010) for 4-channel fixed media

This is a work which visits with the American minstrel show in such a way that sounds from the minstrel show (tambourine, "bones," banjo, concertina, trombone, and fragments of an old recording) are heard to engage in a free fantasy.  Along the way, different degrees of synthetic-ness are explored and exploited.  The link below is to a 2-channel version.

Stereo-TBnew3.mp3
MP3 audio file [11.6 MB]

2 Pictures (2012) for orchestra

Both of these "pictures" take as their starting point quotations of great composers of the past.  But these quotations are not well-known ones but are transitional music, perhaps the kind that would be known mainly by those who play and practice the music.  In fact, the first picture could be thought of as the musings over a passage from the Hammerklavier sonata of Beethoven which the piano student is practicing but has taken a break from so as simply to enjoy the sounds, the harmonic trace of the sounds, much the way one might enjoy looking at trees in a forest.  And, alas, he goes back to his practicing, but only briefly.  

 

The second picture begins abruptly with an explicit quotation from Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, the 5th movement.  As in traditional "rondo" forms, there is a central refrain, with Markhov processes extending the material of the quotation.  Also, as would be expected in a traditional rondo, there are episodes which contrast, both musically and emotionally.  Some of these episodes feature the central material in a microtonally distorted form, with not just the pitch contours altered but the metric structure stretched out.  Rather than a transformation of the refrain into something climactic, there is a constant driving of it to the point of exhaustion.

2Pictures-complete.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.3 MB]
A synthesized realization.
2_Pictures.mp3
MP3 audio file [9.8 MB]