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Stephen Taylor: The Machine Awakes

> The Machine Awakes - The Machine Awakes
> 7 Memorials - No. 1. Fountain
> 7 Memorials - No. 2. Glacier
> 7 Memorials - No. 3. Plateau
> 7 Memorials - No. 4. Baobab
> 7 Memorials - No. 5. Cloud Forest
> 7 Memorials - No. 6. Black Smoker
> 7 Memorials - No. 7. Satellite
> Quark Shadows - I. —
> Quark Shadows - II. Symmetry Breaking
> Nebulae - Nebulae

Album Summary

>Taylor, Stephen A. : The Machine Awakes, for voice & chamber orchestra
>Taylor, Stephen A. : Seven Memorials, for piano
>Taylor, Stephen A. : Quark Shadows, for horn, viola, double bass & piano
>Taylor, Stephen A. : Nebulae, for harp & electronics
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The composer notes that the four pieces on this recording were all inspired by our relation to the world, both natural and invented. The Machine Awakes is about technology and where it's leading our spirit. Seven Memorials is inspired by Maya Lin's elegy to our planet; Quark Shadows and Nebulae are about the world untouched by us. Stephen Andrew Taylor, born in 1996, studied at Northwestern, Cornell and the California Institute of the Arts and is the recipient of many awards and commissions. He teaches at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

"If you have an interest in science, or in science fiction - and classical music-loving sci-fi fans are thicker on the ground than you might suppose - then the music of Stephen Andrew Taylor (b. 1965) might be particularly appealing to you...The science/sci-fi connection is present in all four works offered here... This disc is produced by the composer, and one assumes that the performances express his intentions. Nothing about them suggests otherwise to me. I assume different recording venues and dates were needed to complete this CD, yet these four works sound right together. With his refined and imaginative sound world, Stephen Andrew Taylor is a composer worth hearing." - Raymond Tuttle, Fanfare



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Works Details

>Taylor, Stephen A. : The Machine Awakes, for voice & chamber orchestra
  • Performer: Amy Van Roekel
  • Conductor: Stephen Taylor
  • Running Time: 11 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Taylor, Stephen A. : Seven Memorials, for piano
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Taylor, Stephen A. : Quark Shadows, for horn, viola, double bass & piano
  • Performers: Masumi Rostad (Viola); Oto Carillo (Horn); Daniel Schlosberg (Piano); Michael Cameron (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Taylor, Stephen A. : Nebulae, for harp & electronics
  • Performer: Ann Yeung (Harp)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary