The City Square (2014) for pre-recorded electronics, two percussionists,and audience

“The City Square” was composed for the 2014 New Music Arizona concert in Prescott, AZ. The purpose and goal of the composition is to expose to the listeners and performers to the music that a city creates as a collective instrument – its residents, culture, architecture, and design - and use that as a means for further music-making with two musicians (the percussionist) and the audience themselves (hopefully from the community in which the work is performed). It is hoped that a greater sense of curiosity can be sparked from the re-examination and reflection of the sounds of the city and thus create a greater sense of community as well as a new appreciation for the items that are already around us.

This work can happen in multiple versions in that there need not be a fixed duration and the actual sounds (music concrete that happens in space and time) will be drastically different each time it is performed depending on who is in the audience, the instruments chosen by the percussionists, the city in which the performance is taking place, and how the audience feels at that particular point in their lives. The performers, conductors, or producers of each performance have the artistic freedom to determine the proper and most effective duration for a given concert performance. It is however, the suggestion of the composer that the duration last at least 5-10 minutes to allow the audience to enter the meditative listening state in which a work of this nature is most likely to be received and understood and in some ways, the longer it can be played the better. Once the duration is determined, the segments of the piece will be planned and the parts and score will be created. (The parts created with this version of the score were for the premiere, which allowed 8 minutes for the duration. )

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