Palmdale, CA (PRWEB) September 27, 2005
Innova Recordings has just released ÂBeyondÂ, an album of new electro-acoustic music by composer Barry Schrader. The CD contains ÂFirst SpringÂ, ÂBeyondÂ, ÂDukeÂs TuneÂ, and all three movements of ÂDeathÂ: ÂBefore DeathÂ, ÂInto DeathÂ, and ÂAfter Death.Â
Regarding the music on this CD, pioneering electro-acoustic music composer Bebe Barron, creator of the music for the sci-fi classic ÂForbidden PlanetÂ, proclaims "This music conjures up a whirlwind of emotion from some primeval source that permeates the listener with awe."
Concerning SchraderÂs groundbreaking work Death, composer Judy Klein writes "I am captured in the very first moment. And then, what subtle enhancement in the second section, and what a journey in the third! I hear the release of the spirit, its energy, its guides; darkness, hugeness, powerful monsters. Images foreign but not unfamiliar come to mind. There is such musical drive and such unity throughout the piece. I feel I've heard transformations of an element through gaseous and solid states, and that in the end, a spirit has become one with the voices which called to it in the beginning."
ÂDukeÂs TuneÂ is the first (and only) musical work based on a tune composed by a pig. Duke the potbellied pig, who resides at Lil Orphan Hammies http://www.lilorphanhammies.com/, a shelter for potbellied pigs in Solvang, California, played the original melody of ÂDukeÂs TuneÂ on his xylophone. Schrader transcribed the tune (with DukeÂs permission, of course) and used it as the sole basis for pitch material in ÂDukeÂs TuneÂ.
The work ÂBeyondÂ uses the sounds of waterphones and harpsichords, transforming them into new aural worlds.
ÂFirst SpringÂ is based on the electro-acoustic music accompaniment for the first large section of Fallen Sparrow, a new work for violin and electronics which will be premiered this coming March at REDCAT in Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The concept of ÂFirst SpringÂ stems from imagining what the dying sparrow of the larger workÂs title might recall in its last moments of life about experiencing its first spring, when life in all of its myriad forms fills the landscape with sights and sounds that are new and wondrous to the young bird.
Barry Schrader has been called a composer of Âapproachable electronic music with a distinctive individual voice to reward the adventurous.Â by Gramophone. Synthopia http://www.synthtopia.com/interviews/Barry_Schrader_Interview_.html has written that ÂSchrader balances the impulse to be experimental and original with a need to connect with the emotions and instincts of listeners. The result is music with lyricism, passion, rhythm and drive that makes music the master of technology.Â
Barry SchraderÂs compositions for electronics, dance, film, video, multimedia, live/electro-acoustic combinations, and real-time computer performance have been presented throughout the world. Schrader is the founder and the first president of SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States), and has been responsible for the initiation and operation of SCREAM (Southern California Resource for Electro-Acoustic Music), the Currents concert series, and the CalArts Electro-Acoustic Marathon. He is on the Board of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community. He has written for several publications including several editions of ÂThe Grove Dictionary of Music and MusiciansÂ, ÂGrolier's EncyclopediaÂ, ÂContemporary Music ReviewÂ, and ÂJournal SEAMUSÂ, and is the author of the book ÂIntroduction to Electro-Acoustic MusicÂ. He is currently on the Composition Faculty of the School of Music of the California Institute of the Arts, and has also taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara and California State University at Los Angeles. His music is recorded on the Opus One, Laurel, CIRM, SEAMUS, Centaur, and Innova labels. His web site is http://www.barryschrader.com.
The ÂBeyondÂ CD (Innova 640) is available at regular and online stores as well as directly from Innova at http://www.innovarecordings.com/artist1.asp?skuID=236.