Archive for the ‘Orchestra’ Category

The Desertification of Manhattan

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Photo by Anthony Quintano under CC 2.0 license

The Desertification of Manhattan is an acoustic arrangement of Bill Newbold’s composition “mindless events beyond time” for piano, brass ensemble and percussion.

Forked Tongue (22 edo chamber orchestra and choir)

Monday, July 18th, 2016

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Forked Tongue is a composition from 2009 that I had forgot about. Perhaps it is forgettable, perhaps not… It was composed using Sonar and Garritan Personal Orchestra. The title is only indicative of the picture of a snake my cat found and brought home to show the pet she had found.

Indiana Harbor for Flute, Strings, and Percussion in 22 edo

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

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Indiana Harbor for Flute, Strings, and Percussion in 22 edo is an edited serial improvisation using my Linnstrument, Kontakt, and Sonar.

In 53 notes per octave for Brass Ensemble

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

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In 53 notes per octave for Brass Ensemble is a piece performed on a Linnstrument using Kontakt’s factory brass ensemble and tuning script. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Kontakt 5 handled the large number of notes per octave without a reduction in range or “chipmunk” effect. Information on the 53 edo tuning.

The Antisolar Point (24 edo Orchestra)

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

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The Antisolar Point is a re-composition of the previously posted composition “The Solar Furnace” as an orchestral piece. This is a quartertone tuned piece.

The Plot of Caiaphas for Chamber Orchestra tuned to “mohajira” in 24edo

Friday, April 18th, 2014

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Bill made a video with this music as the sound track that gives the composition another spin. View it here.

The Plot of Caiaphas for Chamber Orchestra is a trans-tuned piece of music that is a collaboration with William Newbold who provided the source midi recorded performance I re-tuned and arranged in Mohajira in 24 edo. The instruments used from Garriatan Personal Orchestra are a full flute choir, tuba, bassoon, chromatic harp and harp harmonics, string orchestra and percussion.

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Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune in Werckmeister III tuning

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

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(the music may take a bit of time to load)

Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune in Werckmeister III tuning is a rendering using Kontakt 5 orchestral instruments using Werckmeister III temperament tuning. The midi transcription was done by David Mitchell in 1994. While this midi does have its flaws I think it works well overall.

I Have Seen Him – Orchestrated Version

Friday, December 6th, 2013
Jesus the Homeless sculpted by Timothy Schmalz (used with permission)

Jesus the Homeless sculpted by Timothy Schmalz (used with permission)
click on the picture for more of his sculptures

I Have Seen Him -> As a child visiting various parts of the Chicago area with my parents the divide between the rich people sailing on Lake Michigan, shopping on the Golden Mile of Michigan Avenue, and the homeless I saw in the alleys of Wells Street inspired me to try to capture the discrepancies in values and life between the rich and poor. Matthew 8:20, Matthew 25:35 through 25:40 I am very grateful for Timothy’s permission to use a picture of his sculpture which has a story that involves Pope Francis and apparently has been stolen as well!

Scored for voice and orchestra. I apologize for my vocals, my attempt was intended to make it sound a bit as if I was on stage with the orchestra. I still don’t have that completely worked out and my voice is not strong. (collaboration with a good singer would be welcome)

I Have Seen Him

I have seen Him
I have Seen Him there
Lying down
Waiting for one of you to care!

On the lake front
On the Golden Mile
There are people
Who won’t invite me for a while.

The sailboats on the lake
Create impressionistic pictures
Are the people there to celebrate
Or do they just wander?

I have seen Him
I have seen Him there
Down on Wells street
Waiting for one of you to care!

Brass Ensemble in 17 Equal with Bass Drum and Tamtam

Monday, November 18th, 2013

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Brass Ensemble in 17 Equal with Bass Drum and Tamtam using my 17 equal piano layout. I tried to use a lot of neutral-ish thirds.

Along the War Avenue of Honour – for Poetry Recitation, String Orchestra and Percussion

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
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Along the War Avenue of Honour

Poem by Francis Duggan
Poem selected and recited by Bethan Mathis
Music composed by Chris Vaisvil
Selected for the ANDREAS N°15 – 14​-​18 First World War – FRACTION STUDIO COMPILATION

Along The War Avenue Of Honour


Along the war Avenue of Honour a plaque to a dead soldier nailed to every tree
Brave young men who died in battle their reward for their bravery
They died in the war said to end all wars in the killing fields of World war one
But many wars since and far too many bloody battles and peace in the World not yet won.
Wars started by silly ageing men who send the young for them to die
Ageing men who themselves will die of old age and their twilight years they will enjoy,
ageing males heroes of their people we honour cowards as heroes one might say
The young men will go to war for them and the young men with their young lives pay.
The war supposed to end all wars long over almost nine decades since have gone by
But many wars have been fought since then and war pilots drop their big bombs from the night sky
But suppose that’s what will always happen when we give all of our power away
To silly and ageing male war men who with hair dyes cover their gray.
Along the war avenue of honour long dead soldiers names on every tree
Young noble men who died in battle far from homeland and family
In what was to be the war to end all wars yet we don’t have much wisdom to show
For the loss of so many fine young men well over eight decades ago.