flowchart_I being performed at Pendulum@Atlas

Program notes for flowchart_I (2017) by Katharina Rosenberger

Feb. 23, 2017

Program Note- flowchart_I (2017) flowchart_I is part of a larger cycle of multichannel electro-acoustic compositions that all deal with the mapping of data derived from systems and organism characterized by flow. flowchart_I is particular in that it is not based on statistical or empirical data sets, it reflects on recent...

Sean Winters

Sean Winters on "Capriccio for solo A/V controllerist" (2016)

Feb. 20, 2017

On the upcoming Pendulum concert, happening February 22nd, composer and laptop virtuoso Sean Winters will be controlling Ableton (Audio) & Max for Live (Visual) with a Launchpad, a Nanokontrol, and an X3D Joystick. When asked about the work, he explained: "I once came across an Aaron Copland quote about a...

Selena Wellington on her piece "Almanac"

Feb. 6, 2017

For me, writing music can sometimes feel like a constant question of WHO AM I. Some pieces feel like battlegrounds, where identity asserts itself against all odds. Others are floating dreams, unconcerned and unaffected, identity trailing lightly behind. Others still, I am changed by the end. This piece was hard...

Piano painted by Jack Gaffney

A Colorful History in Music

Jan. 30, 2017

If you’ve ever stopped to enjoy the music drifting from a painted piano near the Pearl Street Cheesecake Factory, then you’ve been exposed to the many talents of first-year composition student Jack Gaffney . Gaffney not only writes the tunes he taps out but also covers the piano in his...

"the distance of the moon" by Michael Ippolito

Jan. 27, 2017

the distance of the moon (2015) Duration: 7:00 minutes Instrumentation: solo piano Premiere: Texas State International Piano Festival (June 1-4, 2015) by finalists Inyoung Kim, Nathan Ryland, Soyeon An, Sung-Soo Cho, Hyeinn Jun, and Jeremy Hassell Click to Listen To purchase the score, click here Notes: This piece was inspired...

John Clay Allen's Light Pillars

Jan. 27, 2017

When the atmosphere around a light source contains a haze of ice particles, the reflected light can cause an optical phenomenon where tall luminous bands project up into the sky. These bands, known as light pillars , rise out of the textures created in a new work by composer John...

Comp Dept News 1/25/2017

Jan. 25, 2017

Faculty Dan Kellogg presents a world premiere this weekend with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic . Faculty Carter Pann presents a new brass work next week in Delaware. UROP undergrad project grants deadline is 2/17. Local Artists Feature - Our Pendulum poster artwork features art and photography of people within our...

"Sonata for Winds and Strings" by Bill Elliot

Nov. 28, 2016

Bill Elliott, CoM advisory board member and former theory professor, will premiere his chamber ensemble work this Wednesday, with Carter Pann conducting an all-star faculty and student ensemble. Bill shares some thoughts... "Sonata for Winds and Strings, for flute, clarinet, Fr. horn, bassoon, and string quartet, was written as my...

The Logical Conclusion by Egemen Kesikli

Nov. 23, 2016

The other day I sat down with composer Egemen Kesikli to ask him about his piece The Logical Conclusion , which is being performed on the November 30 th Pendulum concert. The piece, for solo violin, begins with brash chords contrasted by ghostly sliding wisps. Occasionally, ferocious rhythmic passages drive...

October 28th, 2016 Pendulum Concert

Oct. 27, 2016

Before tonight's Pendulum concert, there was a buzz in the air. New music was about to happen. The concert opened with the intriguingly titled “For the Eastern Elk,” an elegy to a subspecies of elk that diseappeared in 1877 in Pennsylvania. “It's a meditation on extinction; a commentary on the...