ben hackbarth composer

Crumbling Walls and Wandering Rocks for 10 players and electronic sound

instrumentation

2 violins
2 violas
2 celli
2 clarinets
2 percussion
surround sound electronics

program notes

In Wandering Rocks, the tenth episode of Joyce's Ulysses, several characters go about their afternoon errands. They move around Dublin independently, mostly unaware of each other's activities and locations. Their movements create unique and richly shaped paths, born of the city's crowded streets and transportation lines. As they navigate their routes, they encounter the same people and places. Occasionally, they cross each other's paths and add to the narrative that which could only come from a chance encounter, the thoughts of a passerby.

Crumbling Walls and Wandering Rocks sets simultaneous streams of sound into motion, tracing subtle transformations of timbre and gesture. In certain sections, these sound streams operate somewhat independently. In other moments they share the same space, creating a sort of collision that brings their materials into sharp relief. These moments allow for a kind of exchange of sonic material; an evolution through awareness; communication through proximity. Out of these collisions, framed as happenstance, "musical" relationships bloom.


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Crumbling Walls and Wandering Rocks




for 10 players and electronic sound, 2009
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Batya MacAdam-Somer and Andrew Tholl, violin; David Medine and Andrew McIntosh, viola; Ashley Walters and Derek Stein, cello; Robert Zelickman and Joseph Howell, clarinet; Ross Karre and Brian Archinal, percussion; Steven Schick, conductor.




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6/14/2014 — A new work for chamber ensemble and electronics will be premiered by Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain at IRCAM's Manifeste Festival in 2014.
2/8/2014 — Out Among Sharks, a Moving Target will be performed at the Manhattan School of Music in NYC.
12/1/2013 — Open End will be performed by Nick Fox at Northern Illinois University at 7pm.
11/22/2013 — Victor Pons will perform open end at Poem88 in Atlanta GA USA.
7/26/2013 — hub will be performed by a faculty trio at the Walden School in Dublin, NH.
5/25/2013 — open end will be performed by Victor Pons at the Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta, GA.
5/18/2013 — open end will be performed by Amy Garapic at Bard in New York.
3/4/2013 — open end will be performed by Ian Antonio at the Issue Project Room in New York, NY.
2/7/2013 — open end will be performed by Diego Ventoso Fernandez in Lugo, Spain.
12/12/2012 — concert of my music in CPMC Blackbox in San Diego. including Out Among Shark, a Moving Target, am i a particle or a wave? and open end.
12/8/2012 — am i a particle or a wave? will be performed by LAPQ at ATX in LA.
11/7/2012 — Out Among Sharks, A Moving Target will be performed by Palimpsest in a concert in Conrad Prebys Music Center in San Diego, California.
10/23/2012 — open end will be performed by Diego Ventoso Fernandez at Contemporary Music Festival in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
9/29/2012 — am i a particle or a wave? will be performed by LAPQ at Chapman University in LA.
8/3/2012 — open end will be performed by Diego Ventoso Fernandez at Banda de Música in Vilalba, Spain.
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