Our weekly listen to and look at composers and performers that you may not know yet, but should… And can, right here and now, since they’re nice enough to offer quality listening online:
Rather than a single composer, here’s a whole gaggle of them all in one tidy location. For the past decade, Indiana University in Bloomington has been actively exploring ways to get work out of their halls and on to a wider public by using the internet. One result is this page, which will take you to MP3s by many members of the faculty (Claude Baker, David Dzubay, Don Freund, Eugene O’Brien, Frederick Fox, Jeffery Hass, P.Q. Phan, Sven David Sandstrom), with some student pieces right alongside them. You’ll also find a really large offering of IU-focused CDs for purchase.
SONUS is the online archive of electronic and electroacoustic music, hosted at the Canadian Electroacoustic Community’s website. The focus of course is on Canadian creators, but the archive is open to submissions from any country. It’s truly vast, with more than 1800 complete works freely available as MP3s, including such Canadian greats as Francis Dhomont (who celebrates his 80th birthday with a concert in Montréal on Nov. 2nd), Monique Jean, Robert Normandeau, Stéphan Roy, and Katharine B. Norman. But there’s plenty of quality hiding in the cracks, too; I like to just click “search” and browse alphabetically. If it all seems a bit intimidating, there’s a link to curated playlists that will take you on differently-themed audio “tours” of the EA (electroacoustic) landscape.
Lloyd Rodgers is currently teaching at Cal State Fullerton, making a charmingly sly and subversive music. But 20-25 years ago he was one of the “kids” in a brash West Coast / L.A. brand of classi-pop-minimalism, little known outside California. Lloyd’s site documents some of the rare recordings of this place and time. Besides his self-claimed work, what’s truly fascinating here are the recordings of the Cartesian Reunion Memorial Orchestra. Originally formed by eight young composers in 1979, and continuing in one form or another through all of the 1980’s, it was a laboratory for a new kind of classical… or a new kind of pop… I’m not really sure, all I can say is that it’s still fresh and buzzing with young energy and transgression, and I like it!