About the Composer:
Liam Moore is comfortable writing and performing classical, jazz and popular styles of music. He writes mostly for chamber ensembles and also occasionally writes music for film, dance and other visual and performing arts. Liam has studied voice, piano, cello, violin, bass and guitar, and also plays trombone quite poorly. Currently, Liam is transcribing songs of the late American composer Ernst Bacon to ready them for publication and he is also working with a colleague on a piece that explores direct audio-to-video translation. Liam has a B.A. in music composition from the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he studied with Stephen Dembski and Laura Elise Schwendinger. Liam lives in St. Paul, MN.
About the Music:
When I started writing Trending, there were a number of Twitter’s aspects that I wanted to explore: tagging, following, re-tweeting and the “at” sign, among others. Trending eventually became a half cynical, half endearing musical manifestation of how people use Twitter. In “Hot Air,” the choir sings until they run out of breath; in “Pointless Babble/Peripheral Awareness,” they “re-tweet” what they hear their neighbors say and shorten their words as we are learning to do through e-mail, text messaging and Twitter; “Be Leaders and Followers” allows some choristers to take it upon themselves to be a trendsetter and lead their section, and allows others to sit back and follow; and “A Tweet” is someone’s repetitive but nuanced thoughts sent into the Twitterverse.
Throughout the piece we hear only five different pitches, so by the end, our ears are saturated with just one harmony. However, that saturation is like trending topics on Twitter at any given time; they could be replaced by any others and the piece would be refreshed like the Trends board.
No movement exceeds 140 seconds.