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Mike Olson (b.1974): Six Projects - Works from the composer's fragment-based compositional period that runs the gamut from choral music to analogue modular synthesizer work

Album Summary

>Olson, Mike : Flute Clouds, for flute, wind chimes & electronics
>Olson, Mike : Noopiming, for chorus
>Olson, Mike : De Novo, for moog synthesizer, hammond organ, percussion & drums
>Olson, Mike : What They're Doing, for sampled woodwinds, violin, piano & percussion
>Olson, Mike : Implied Movement, for moog synthesizer & mini moog
>Olson, Mike : Shift, for synthesizers & samplers
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Notes & Reviews:

Evoking the work of composers and artists as varied as Eno, Ligeti, Zappa and early Kraftwerk, Mike Olson's new album Six Projects spans the thirteen years since he began working with fragment-based composition. The half-dozen works run the gamut from choral music to analogue modular synthesizer work, but all began as fragments, sometimes thousands of tiny acoustic building blocks. By integrating elements of composition, performance and recording, Olson has created a process yielding through-composed pieces possessing an ethereal, cinematic quality; almost but not quite performable live.



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Works Details

>Olson, Mike : Flute Clouds, for flute, wind chimes & electronics
  • Performers: Tom Kehoe (Flute); Mike Olson (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Olson, Mike : Noopiming, for chorus
  • Performers: Bryan Fisher; Justin Karch; Kathy Lee; Mike Meyer; Tim O'Brien; Kim Sueoka
  • Running Time: 20 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2011

>Olson, Mike : De Novo, for moog synthesizer, hammond organ, percussion & drums
  • Performers: Heather Barringer (Percussion); David King (Drums); Mike Olson (Moog Synthesizer)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2013

>Olson, Mike : What They're Doing, for sampled woodwinds, violin, piano & percussion
  • Performers: Heather Barringer (Percussion); Alastair Brown (Violin); Patti Cudd (Percussion); Anatoly Larkin (Piano); Patrick O'Keefe (Clarinet); Shannon Wettstein (Piano); Carl Witt (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2003-2004

>Olson, Mike : Implied Movement, for moog synthesizer & mini moog
  • Performers: Mike Olson (Electronics); Mike Olson (Moog Synthesizer)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2015

>Olson, Mike : Shift, for synthesizers & samplers
  • Performers: Mary Danna (Voice); Mike Olson (Drum Machine); Mike Olson (Electronics); Mike Olson (Synthesizer)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2002