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Per Bloland
Chamber Industrial

Per Bloland — Chamber Industrial (March 17, 2015) {Tzadik TZ 4008}

 Per Bloland — Chamber Industrial (March 17, 2015) {Tzadik TZ 4008}
Style: Electro–Acoustic, Compositional Forms, Sound, Noise, & c., Electroacoustic Composition
Location: San Francisco, CA ~~ Austin, TX ~~ Ohio
Album release: March 17, 2015
Record Label: Tzadik
Duration:     52:48    
01. Solis–EA     11:33
02. A Drift of Swine     11:34
03. Wood Machine Music     11:01
04. Of Dust and Sand     10:17
05. ...walk now and then into the breath that blows coldly past…     8:23
© 2015 Tzadik | TZ 4008
℗ 2015 Tzadik
Personnel:  Ecce Ensemble
•±  John Aylward: Piano With Electromagnets
•±  Doug Balliett: Double Bass
•±  Vasko Dukovski: Clarinet
•±  Wei–Chieh Lin: Piano
•±  Jeffrey Means: Conductor
•±  Roberta Michel: Flute
•±  Tricia Park: Violin
•±  Vicki Powell: Viola
•±  Serafim Smigelskiy: Violoncello
•±  Philipp Stäudlin: Saxophone
•±  Elly Suh: Violin
•±  Mike Truesdell: Percussion
•••  Joseph Aczel Photography
•••  John Aylward Executive Director, Producer
•••  Doug Balliett Double Bass
•••  Per Bloland Composer, Engineer, Mixing, Primary Artist, Producer
•••  Heung–Heung Chin Design
•••  Donna Benkin Danoff Portrait Photography
•••  Vasko Dukovski Clarinet
•••  East Coast Contemporary Ensemble Primary Artist
•••  ECCE Ensemble  Primary Artist
•••  Xiao Fu Artwork
•••  Scott Hull Mastering
•••  Wei–Chieh Lin Artistic Director, Piano, Producer
•••  Jeffrey Means Conductor
•••  Robert Michel Flute
•••  Tricia Park Violin
•••  Vicki Powell Viola
•••  Serafim Smigelskiy Artistic Director
•••  Philipp Stäudlin Saxophone
•••  Kazunori Sugiyama Associate Producer
•••  Elly Suh Violin
•••  Jeff Svatek Engineer, Mixing
•••  Mike Truesdell Percussion
•••  Jon Masuo Yamashiro Back Cover, Cover Art
•••  John Zorn Executive Producer
•±•  Per Bloland studied at Stanford with Brian Ferneyhough and Mark Applebaum, has worked at IRCAM and Oberlin, and currently teaches at Miami University. His innovative sound world brilliantly blends custom built electronics with instrumental textures to create unique soundscapes unlike anything you’ve heard before. His work has been performed world wide to great acclaim and Tzadik is proud to present his first full CD release. Passionately performed by Ecce Ensemble Chamber Industrial is an exciting CD of acoustic and electroacoustic compositions filled with surprise and dramatic tension.
•±•  Bloland’s lushly caustic music is at its most original and satisfying when it involves electronics, as in this disc’s thumping, crunchy opening track, “Solis–EA.” Solemn and ecstatic, the piece twice seems to have exhausted itself before heaving back into action with the slouchy power of a wave. In “Wood Machine Music,” a string quartet, clarinet, percussion and electronics create a ripping, roaring soundscape, like the middle of an earthquake; more reticent is the moody, even noir–ish “Of Dust and Sand,” for alto saxophone and a piano whose strings are vibrated by electromagnets. Two acoustic pieces, “A Drift of Swine” and “…walk now and then into the breath that blows coldly past…,” are twitchily detailed but feel less unique than Bloland’s electronic grandeur. — Zachary Woolfe, New York Times
•±•  Per Bloland is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music whose works have been described as having an “incandescent effect” with “dangerous and luscious textures.” The New York Times recently praised him for his “ear–opening electronic innovations.” His compositions range from short intimate solo pieces to works for large orchestra, incorporate video, dance, and custom built electronics, and often draw on a variety of other art forms. He is particularly interested in the intersections between literature and music, especially regarding issues of modernity as related to both disciplines.
•±•  Bloland has received awards and recognition from national and international organizations, including IRCAM, ICMA, SEAMUS/ASCAP, Digital Art Awards of Tokyo, the Martirano Competition, ISCM, the Eastman Computer Music Center, SCI/ASCAP, the Dal Niente Composer Competition, Taukay Edizioni Musicali, and the Accademia Musicale Pescarese. His work was selected for performance at the 2013 International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World New Music Days in Slovakia. He has received commissions from the Guerilla Opera Company, Wild Rumpus, the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble (ECCE), Ensemble Pi, the Callithumpian Consort, Insomnio Ensemble, Stanford’s CCRMA, SEAMUS/ASCAP, the Kenners, Michael Straus and Patti Cudd. His music can be heard on the TauKay (Italy), Capstone, Spektral, and SEAMUS labels, and through the MIT Press. A portrait CD of his work, performed by the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, is scheduled for release by Tzadik in the spring of 2015.
•±•  Performers of Bloland’s work include the Guerilla Opera Company, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Talea Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Quasars Ensemble (Slovakia), Bent Frequency, Insomnio, the Callithumpian Consort, Linea Ensemble, ECCE, Inauthentica, Eliot Gattegno, Margaret Lancaster, Chryssie Nanou, Nicholas Ong, Brian Sacawa, Michael Straus, the Worn Chamber Ensemble, the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Sebastian Berweck, John Sampen, and Marianne Gythfeldt. His music has been performed at Bourges, Darmstadt, ICMC, SEAMUS, the ISCM World New Music Days, SIGGRAPH, Gaudeamus, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the SCI National Conference, Stanford Lively Arts, the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Ingenuity Festival Cleveland, and the Bowling Green New Music Festival, among others. His collaborative video piece Graveshift has been widely viewed and acclaimed as part of the Visual Music Marathon.
•±•  Bloland is currently an Assistant Professor of Technology and Music Theory at Miami University, Ohio. He recently completed a five–month Musical Research Residency at IRCAM in Paris during the spring semester of 2013. Prior to his current appointment he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Music at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he served as the founding director of the Oberlin Improvisation and Newmusic Collective (OINC). Bloland has also taught at UC Santa Cruz, Stanford University, and the University of Texas. He received his D.M.A. in composition from Stanford University, where he studied with Mark Applebaum, Brian Ferneyhough, Chris Chafe, and Erik Ulman. While at Stanford he worked extensively at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). He received his M.M. from the University of Texas at Austin, where he acted as the Electronic Music Studios (EMS) Manager. While there he studied with Kevin Puts, Russell Pinkston, and Bruce Pennycook.
•±•  As a trumpet player he has performed in a number of jazz bands and orchestras in San Francisco and Austin. He participated in the Bay Area Guided Improv Ensemble for several years, and performed in OINC while at Oberlin.
•±•  As a researcher, Bloland has been investigating the interaction between literature and instrumental music, examining strategies employed by composers in reaction to literary influences. His dissertation, which drew heavily on these studies, involved the composition of a cycle of pieces based on an invented novel. His work with the Electromagnetically–Prepared Piano is the area of research that has received the most exposure. In addition to giving numerous lecture/demonstrations, he has composed several pieces for the device, written a paper (“The Electromagnetically–Prepared Piano and its Compositional Implications,” published in the Proceedings for the International Computer Music Conference 2007), and developed the website magneticpiano.com. Building on this work, his Musical Research Residency at IRCAM involved the creation of a physical model of the coupling between a resonator (such as a piano string) and an electromagnet.
Website: http://www.perbloland.com/
Band: http://www.eccensemble.com/media/per-bloland-chamber-industrial/
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