(dis)order (2011) was written as a sort of personal experiment. Prior to this, I had no experience writing in the minimalist style, which was something I wanted to change. Although the piece involves plenty of repetition, I found it incredibly difficult and time-consuming to write, as I struggled to balance my old compositional leanings with a style vastly different and unfamiliar. Simultaneously, I wanted to incorporate elements of indeterminacy and player choice that contrast with the otherwise rigid repetition of phrases. The piece, then, is a (sometimes violent) dialogue between the fully structured elements and their counterparts left to chance. (dis)order was written for my friends, the TV Buddha Ensemble.
(Download or stream audio for free at http://soundcloud.com/floatingfast/dis-order)
Clarinet - Yi-Wen Chen
Tenor Saxophone - Jesse Dochnahl
Trombone - Joshua Torrey
Drum Set - Gavin Ryan
Vibraphone - Chris Butler
Electric Guitar - Tim Berg
Violin - Elaine Li
Double Bass - Sam Peters
Conductor - Ming-Ching Chiu
From TVB's website: "The TV Buddha Ensemble is a new contemporary music ensemble from students at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. With members coming from backgrounds such as classical, jazz, and composition, the TV Buddha Ensemble’s primary mission is to commission and perform new works from upcoming composers around the Champaign-Urbana community and beyond."
check out http://tvbuddhaensemble.com/ for more info