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Zack Browning: Secret Pulse

> Hakka Fusion - Hakka Fusion
> Secret Pulse - Secret Pulse
> String Quartet - String Quartet
> Flying Tones - Flying Tones
> Moon Thrust - Moon Thrust

Album Summary

>Browning, Zack : Hakka Fusion, for flute, viola & piano
>Browning, Zack : Secret Pulse, for flute, violin, cello & percussion
>Browning, Zack : String Quartet
>Browning, Zack : Flying Tones, for percussion ensemble
>Browning, Zack : Moon Thrust, for flute, violin, cello & percussion
Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In Secret Pulse composer Zack Browning presents a dramatic music of rhythmically-charged pop-inspired riffs battling transcendental melodies. Each composition can be compared to a spider's web; musically spinning out events whose design is based on a secret pulse derived from the birth dates of the performers using the Lo Shu Square and feng shui. Browning's composition awards have included two Illinois Arts Council Composer Fellowships, a Chamber Music America Commission, two Arnold O. Beckman Awards and two FAA Fellowships from the University of Illinois. "propulsive, giddy, rocking... , a rush of cyclic riffs and fractured meters" - The New York Times

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Zack Browning's compositions are infectious. Rhythm shifts in Hakka Fusion between triple and duple time and between pulsating sections driven by the violin and piano and more subdued, melodic sections using the flute. Secret Pulse adds cello and electronics to the ensemble. The jubilant flute and violin are pitted against the walking cello and the beeps and distorted tones of the electronics. Most of the digital sound contains a rough aspect like the revving of a race car. Flying Tones takes the rotating material approach to composition and applies it to a percussion ensemble. Beginning just with cymbals, the ensemble grows to keyboard percussion and timpani. Browning makes consistent use of rotating rhythms and material while using tonal material. The different timbres and contrapuntal language keep the ears fresh.



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Works Details

>Browning, Zack : Hakka Fusion, for flute, viola & piano
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Unity
  • Running Time: 10 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2009

>Browning, Zack : Secret Pulse, for flute, violin, cello & percussion
  • Ensemble: Cadillac Moon
  • Running Time: 8 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2004

>Browning, Zack : String Quartet
  • Running Time: 15 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Browning, Zack : Flying Tones, for percussion ensemble
  • Ensemble: University of Central Florida Percussion Ensemble
  • Running Time: 10 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Browning, Zack : Moon Thrust, for flute, violin, cello & percussion
  • Ensemble: Cadillac Moon
  • Running Time: 16 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2009