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Steve Ricks (b.1969): Young American Inventions / Flexible Music Ensemble et al.

Album Summary

>Ricks, Steven : Ten Short Musical Thoughts, for electronics
>Ricks, Steven : Young American Inventions, for piano & electronics
>Ricks, Steven : Extended Play, for saxophone, guitar, piano & percussion
>Ricks, Steven : Ossifying (Keeping Us from...), for electronics
>Ricks, Steven : Geometria Situs, for voice, recorder, trumpet, contrabass flute & piano
>Ricks, Steven : Sounded along dove dove, for electronics
>Ricks, Steven : Waves/Particles, for flute, cello, percussion & electronics
>Ricks, Steven : Stilling, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Steven Ricks' new release, "Young American Inventions", begins with an automated vocal greeting, speaking, "Hello, pay close attention, everything is ready, so let's begin." This quirky opening invites us into his conflicted relationship with technological affect, cliché and populism, underscoring questions about our culture's relationship to musical sound. Ricks combines several strains of American compositional tradition, an awareness of found objects and found sounds, an academic modernist's approach to pitch and rhythm, and a minimalist's penchant for repetition with variation.



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>Ricks, Steven : Ten Short Musical Thoughts, for electronics
  • Performer: Steven Ricks (Electronics)
  • Ensemble: Canyonlands New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Ricks, Steven : Young American Inventions, for piano & electronics
  • Performers: Scott Holden (Piano); Steven Ricks (Electronics)
  • Ensemble: Hexnut
  • Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Ricks, Steven : Extended Play, for saxophone, guitar, piano & percussion
  • Ensemble: Flexible Music
  • Running Time: 17 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2007

>Ricks, Steven : Ossifying (Keeping Us from...), for electronics
  • Performer: Steven Ricks (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Ricks, Steven : Geometria Situs, for voice, recorder, trumpet, contrabass flute & piano
  • Ensemble: Hexnut
  • Running Time: 8 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Ricks, Steven : Sounded along dove dove, for electronics
  • Performer: Steven Ricks (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Ricks, Steven : Waves/Particles, for flute, cello, percussion & electronics
  • Performer: Steven Ricks (Electronics)
  • Ensemble: Canyonlands Ensemble
  • Running Time: 9 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Ricks, Steven : Young American Inventions, for piano & electronics
  • Performers: Scott Holden (Piano); Steven Ricks (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Ricks, Steven : Stilling, for piano
  • Performer: Keith Kirchoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997