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Russell Pinkston: Russell Pinkston: Balancing Acts - Music for Instruments and Electronic Sounds [Digipak]

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Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Composer and sound designer Russell Pinkston showcases a selection of his compositions for acoustic instruments and electronic sounds. Most of these pieces combine the two, capitalizing on the absolute precision and unlimited sonic potential of electronic media, while still taking advantage of the spontaneity and expressivity of live performance. Several works feature interactive software written by the composer, which tracks a live performer and generates an electronic accompaniment in real time. "In my view," says Pinkston, "there is an inherent tension between the acoustic and the electronic sound worlds, between sounds that radiate from the resonating physical bodies of acoustic instruments and those which emanate from loudspeakers."The composer fashions this tension within the pieces themselves and in the program of the album. Works range from the purely electronic, such as Orb Spells (2004), a five-movement work that is heavily based on Indian tabla rhythms, to the purely acoustic, such as Full Circle (2013) - written for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and piano - and Summer Rhapsody (2006), a straightforward and short work for violoncello and piano commissioned by renowned cellist Carlos Prieto. Between these two extremes of instrumentation are pieces like Lizamander (2003) for solo flute and interactive electronic sounds, which was written for flautist Elizabeth McNutt and described by the Computer Music Journal as "a careful balance of traditionally stark computer-generated sounds and attractive harmonic and rhythmic elements."

Album Notes

Recording information: Bates Recital Hall, University of Texas, Austin, TX (2000); Jessen Auditorium, The University of Texas at Austin (2000); Rice University, Houston, TX (2000); University of Texas at Austin, College of Fine Arts Med (2000); Bates Recital Hall, University of Texas, Austin, TX (2004); Jessen Auditorium, The University of Texas at Austin (2004); Rice University, Houston, TX (2004); University of Texas at Austin, College of Fine Arts Med (2004); Bates Recital Hall, University of Texas, Austin, TX (2013); Jessen Auditorium, The University of Texas at Austin (2013); Rice University, Houston, TX (2013); University of Texas at Austin, College of Fine Arts Med (2013); Bates Recital Hall, University of Texas, Austin, TX (2014); Jessen Auditorium, The University of Texas at Austin (2014); Rice University, Houston, TX (2014); University of Texas at Austin, College of Fine Arts Med (2014).

Director: Jeff LeRoy.



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