Friends! I am writing a piece of music for the Atlantic Reed Consort based on tweets by the eponymous twitterbot account Horse Ebooks and I need your help! The piece will be a set of miniatures, each lasting no longer than 140 seconds. I need you to choose your favorite tweet from the list below. I’m aiming for 15-16 movements; 5 chosen by the performing ensemble, about 5 chosen by me, and 5 chosen by my fellow internet-dwellers. Below is a list that I have laid out through the tireless art of combing the internet, and I would like you to “vote” for one that you would like to see included in this piece, either by reblogging this post, or responding to the adjoining facebook/twitter posts. You might note that a very popular tweet is omitted from this list, mostly because I’ve already written a movement for it. You can read a clearer explanation of my goals for this piece and vote based on those guidelines, or you can just choose whatever one tickles your fancy, see if I care! You may “write-in” a candidate tweet not found on this list, but I will strictly choose the top 5 responses to this post.
So, listed in no particular order, which of these do you want me to make music for?
As you might know, I am a full time Internet
Crying is great exercise
We all agree, no one looks cool
Ask your dumbass friends if they know of a reputable artist.
Is the dance floor calling? No
Who Else Wants To Become A Golf Ball
Unfortunately, as you probably already know, people
we shall and we will and we will and we shall and we do and we care and we live and we love and we care and we shall and we care and we
I don t know about you, but I sure as heck don t want to look like a strange dude
(using fingers to indicate triangular shape) SMELL SMELL SMELL GOOD NEW NEW NEW slice drink MATCH SPARKLER (thrown in air) STARS STARS STARS
Nothing says “I m not interested” quite as loudly as showing up for a date
.I AM THE UNDISPUTED KING OF CASH AND I AM UTTERLY FREE
I LL SHOW YOU ALL MY BALLOON
“This is not acceptable!” I screamed as Kathy drowned
You are reading
Becoming a bounty hunter is not easy but I am here
Their negativity only served to push me deeper into the realms of soap making.
Do you think dating is too confusing? Do you
Information is the best
There are many different ways
Find out how to use these two keys
Why not explore the possibilities? You are just a few minutes
Since I am going to group these miniatures together under one artistic umbrella, I have a few ideas of what this piece will really be about. For one thing, I’m trying to look at each of these tweets as being a short poem that either play into or work against the following narrative:
The internet was conceived as a device that could shrink our world and bring us together with strangers irrespective of distance. In the 21st century, however, this connectivity has caused many of us to turn inward and become consumed by our own selves and web presences, often resulting in the measurement of worth based on social media popularity. This piece will aim to bring to light the potential of the internet: to expand global consciousness and to become a cause for a greater humanity; to allow us to make a change and reach anyone not only irrespective of distance, but irrespective of geography and economy.
A lofty goal, I know. But as you can tell, I really like to be ironic, so I chose as a representative of the internet an extremely popular (among humans) account that isn’t run by a human at all, but an algorithm that randomly excerpts texts from random sources. An algorithm which, while completely ignorant of language and poetics, manages to capture the spirit of being a human with a short attention span and insatiable appetite for aesthetic stimulation.
Thank you in advance for your help and for playing along.
Declaration from the Occupation - Brass Quintet, Drum set and narrator
Foundation - Jazz Ensemble with piano four-hands
Small Piece for Overhead - Alto Saxophone
this moment: 3. Look (interlude) - Bassoon with digital delay
I could leave all this - four solo women’s voices
Greg Brown | Composition Recital Program
My beautiful friend Brittany Luby designed a stunning program for my recital.
If you want to hear the recital and you’re anywhere in the world that has the internet at 5pm EST tomorrow, November 17, you can listen by clicking on this link, or by downloading the free mobile app “TuneIn” and searching “SU Upstream.”
Go do this if you want to read facebook comments that will destroy what little faith you had left in humanity.
JacobTV’s piece White Flag, uses sound samples from Youtube about the war in Iraq. This is the badass and sobering last movement.
Elliott Carter, the great contemporary composer, passed away today at the age of 103. Here he is talking about music and it’s pretty damn interesting.