Repertoire request - guitar and electronics

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Repertoire request - guitar and electronics

Post by ovenbird » Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:32 pm

Hello everyone,

I need suggestions on pieces for solo guitar and pre-recorded electronics in order to prepare a composition workshop for university students. I've got quite a lot of repertoire already, but anything else you can suggest will be much appreciated.

Many thanks!
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Sean

Re: Repertoire request

Post by Sean » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:42 pm

Shoot, I'm reaching here . . . I think a composer named Peter Scartabello wrote a piece for guitar and taped electronics, but I may be off!

kes

Re: Repertoire request

Post by kes » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:51 pm

Yep I'm struggling here too Sean, but if anyone would reply I thought it would be you, a fellow contemporary music fan :wink:

I dont have any definite guitar and pre-recorded electronics pieces, but what about the music of Max Richter - definitely lots of pre-recorded electronics, usually overlain by piano or string quartet though. Although he has written a piece 'Take these broken wings' that Tom Kerstens G Plus ensemble played this month - it was for 2 guitars and string quartet. At the same concert they played music by Joby Talbot and John Metcalfe, but no electronics, unless you count digital delay?

Where are you based Ovenbird, would be interested to hear more sounds like an interesting workshop!
Kath

Sean

Re: Repertoire request

Post by Sean » Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:05 pm

I wish I knew more, but that's about all I know offhand. Did Lou Harrison write something for electronics and guitar, or was that optional percussion?

Ray Reynolds

Re: Repertoire request

Post by Ray Reynolds » Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:51 pm

Welcome to the delcamp forum ovenbird,
At the risk of exposing my limited knowledge of the type music you speak of, and then documenting it by typing this. Have you tried Google search? :oops:
Ray

ovenbird

Re: Repertoire request

Post by ovenbird » Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:10 am

A few good suggestions there. Thanks. I've done this workshop a few times, but in the past it's just been composing for solo guitar, but I thought including electronics might get them fired up. We shall see. "Workshop" sounds more impressive than it really is - I'll just be playing things to the composers - and I certainly won't be patronising them with composition technique!

I knew about the John Metcalfe pieces for guitar and delay, but I've not heard them yet - what are they like, Kath? There's a nice piece by Nigel Westlake for guitar and delay called The Hinchinbrook Riffs.

Not sure Lou Harrison wrote anything for guitar and electronics, but I'll look into it.

Peter Scartabello is new to me. Just did a quick Google and came up with ...The Signal... Op. 4, for classical guitar and tape written in 1994. I'll follow that up.

There's plenty of repertoire for guitar and electronics/tape, but it tends to suffer the disease that most new music suffers from: it gets premiered and then vanishes without trace! Over the next couple of years I want to resurrect a few gems, including Thea Musgrave's brilliant piece Soliloquy for guitar and tape. I was lucky enough to play it a couple of years ago, the first time it had been done for a very long time, but unfortunately the hired tape is literally that - a cassette tape. Obviously the tape quality doesn't stand up nowadays alongside CD, but I intend to do something about it. Not sure what though. It would be nice to get a new recording of it as well, as I think the only recording is by Siegfried Behrend on vinyl - and I don't even have a record player anymore! There's an archived review of the LP here:

http://www.gramophone.net/Issue/Page/Se ... 9+(L.2.35).


Please do keep your suggestions coming!

flameproof

Re: Repertoire request - guitar and electronics

Post by flameproof » Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:28 am

I once composed (well..., "improvised") a short Impromptu for Electriic Guitar and Marbles, I have a recording of it somewhere.

I guess that's not electronic enough.

~~~

But, I can recommend to you this tool * -- which is a free, stand-alone synthesiser gizmo wotzit doodad sprocket -- great for setting up funky grooves (in an impossible to fathom fashion).


*there may be newer versions out there.

avoz

Re: Repertoire request - guitar and electronics

Post by avoz » Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:46 pm

ovenbird, I have that Siegfried Behrend LP (DG 2535 186) and if you are unsuccessful in finding it I could record (gratis) the Thea Musgrave piece for 'research' without infringeing copyright law. Other works with magnetic tape (which I don't have):
Jose Luis Campana (Argentina): '5 Pieces' (No. 1 'Espace-mouvement'' and No. 4 'Percussion-Resonances').
Azio Corghi (Italy); 'Consonancias y Redobles'.
Barbara Kolb (USA): 'Looking for Claudio'.

A specialist in guitar music, e.g. guitarnotes.co.uk or the Belgian *** Boycotted Link *** might be able to throw more light on this if they have got the subject taped :D

ovenbird

Re: Repertoire request - guitar and electronics

Post by ovenbird » Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:03 pm

Hi Avoz,

I have access to the Behrend recording, but thanks for the offer. The Barbara Kolb piece is new to me, I'll definitely get hold of that: her Umbrian Colours for violin and guitar is a really great piece. I'll also look up the other two.

This is great, more please :D

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Re: Repertoire request - guitar and electronics

Post by Jeremiah Lawson » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:20 am

Chris DeLaurenti composed a work for ELECTRIC guitar and prerecorded sounds called "grey angel" that Michael Nicollella recorded but that's the only one I can recall and that doesn't fit. On the other hand, Chris stays fairly active and might be a good person to contact about works for classical guitar and electronics. So even if his piece isn't what you're looking for he's probably going to know of some pieces. If you look him up on-line and email him he may have some suggestions. If you have trouble finding his email pm me and I can send it your way. He likes to promote electronic music and off-the-beaten-path guitar repertoire when he hears it. If you can't find a specialist in guitar music consider a specialist in electronic music or someone plugged into a phonographer's society. At least in the Seattle area Chris is the most high profile person I can think of.

Ah, wait, there's actually another electric guitar with electronics piece by Tom Baker but the title escapes me. He plays classical guitar and is also in Seattle and runs the Seattle Composer Salon. Since he knows a bit about both classical guitar AND electronic music I would suggest him. Dual specialists for what you're looking for are probably not rare but they are probably low profile because they don't write music that gets a lot of news coverage or even much attention from guitar societies. If you have trouble getting Tom Baker's contact information I can forward his email, too. Google searching is great ... if you already know who to refer to but knowing who to contact that specializes in this stuff seems luck of the draw. :?

If you have trouble finding pieces for classical and electronics ask someone who composed for electric if they are open to having one of their works adapted to classical guitar. Seems to have worked with Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint. Who knows? Cultivating corresondence with composers of electronic music may net you someone willing to write an original piece for you.

ovenbird

Re: Repertoire request - guitar and electronics

Post by ovenbird » Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:32 pm

WenatcheeTheHatchet wrote:Cultivating corresondence with composers of electronic music may net you someone willing to write an original piece for you.
Thanks for the contacts. Much appreciated. In the last few years I've premiered over 20 new pieces for guitar and electronics, many of them written especially for me, it's a really great medium. With the costs of music software like ProTools and Logic being increasingly affordable, more and more composers are getting into electronics. Although I'm a bit of a nerdy enthusiast, I've never really enjoyed attending concerts of purely electronic music (it's pretty strange looking at an empty stage!) but live acoustic and electronics works really well.

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Re: Repertoire request - guitar and electronics

Post by Jeremiah Lawson » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:14 pm

I just pinged Chris and he's awaiting your email.

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Re: Repertoire request - guitar and electronics

Post by sxedio » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:04 pm

There's repertoire for guitar and live electronics too. Check out Cathy van Eck for example.
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Cornival

Re: Repertoire request - guitar and electronics

Post by Cornival » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:09 pm

Thanks for the John Metcalfe tip, ovenbird. Listening to his music just now on Spotify. Echo Valley. Beautiful, lots of space and movement... no guitars, as yet - but that's maybe a good thing

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Re: Repertoire request - guitar and electronics

Post by sxedio » Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:10 pm

The brazilian guitarist and composer James Correa has written works for guitar and electronics.
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