“Meditation on Roads Not Taken” by Audible Abstraction

“Meditation on Roads Not Taken” by Audible Abstraction

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During the Fall 2017 semester at Hostos Community College, I was grading Exercise 2 (E2), a recording and editing assignment in Introduction to Recording Techniques (DM106).  For this assignment, students were asked to choose a page or two from the syllabus, a technical manual, or a poem and record themselves or someone else reading the text, and then edit any reading errors.  It’s always interesting to see and hear what students choose to record for this assignment.  The first student I graded chose the Robert Frost poem, “The Road Not Taken,” and he did a great job recording himself reading it.  As I began listening to it, unaware of what it was at first, I noticed that it sounded strangely familiar. Coincidentally, a few months prior, one of my piano…
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“Rather Be With You” featuring Samantha Kenny

“Rather Be With You” featuring Samantha Kenny

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It must have been late December or early January this year when I received a text message from Samantha Kenny, one of my former students at Guitar Center Studios (Danbury, CT), where I taught piano, guitar and bass (and got amazing discounts!) from 2012-2018. Samantha stopped taking piano lessons with me after graduating high school and becoming a student at The New School in New York City. It was great to see her again when she came to hear me perform some unusual, experimental music in Brooklyn with Audible Abstraction in September 2018. Anyway, as I was preparing my syllabi and course content for the Spring 2019 semester at Hostos Community College (Bronx, NY), Samantha reached out to say hello and let me know she was around if I needed…
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“Two Minute Catharsis” by Barry Hartglass

“Two Minute Catharsis” by Barry Hartglass

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"Two Minute Catharsis" is an exploration of how "outside" notes can fit naturally "into" a jazz composition. The listener, even without a formal understanding of jazz, should feel which phrases don’t fit in, and experience a renewed sense of balance when the harmonies return to stability. The saxophone “sings” a melody in haiku form.     Keep reading for the original blog. Full story: Two Minute Catharsis is a composition for Soprano Saxophone and Omnisphere drone. The drone consists of two sounds from Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2: Dawning and Distant Dreams. I simply held a C for around two minutes. These sounds have more than one note though; an ethereal, suspended chord sounds from them. The melodies are mostly in the C aeolian mode and since the soprano sax is a Bb…
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“Resurgence (for Orchestra)” by Barry Hartglass

“Resurgence (for Orchestra)” by Barry Hartglass

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“Resurgence” is a ten-minute master’s thesis compiled from a long list of unfinished ideas. Over the years, themes stacked up inspired by everyday events like a cat visiting, and running away. This post-tonal piece is currently a MIDI realization, and includes a score to follow along, if the listener chooses. Score: Resurgence (for Orchestra) Keep reading for the original blog. Full story: Twenty five years after I graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Music in Music Engineering Technology, I decided it was time for another degree! In 2013, I started Graduate Studies in Composition at CUNY Hunter College and received a Master of Arts in Music (composition) in 2015. This was something I always wanted to do since graduating from University of Miami, but first I…
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"Vudu" by Batik

"Vudu" by Batik

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Batik is an eclectic jazz/world/fusion group featuring Dave Anthony, Tom Nazziola, Tim Ouimette, John Roggie and Barry Hartglass. “Vudu” features udu fills throughout the recording. This piece is an example of modal jazz, with six modes that repeat throughout, a 7/8 time signature and a very mysterious mood. "Vudu" was composed by Barry Hartglass. Keep reading for the original blog. Full story: The sixth track on my SoundCloud Playlist is "Vudu" by Batik. It can also be heard on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dSSRIhDQ9rI As mentioned in my last blog about John Roggie's "Lizarb," Batik is an eclectic jazz/world/fusion group featuring Dave Anthony, Tom Nazziola, Tim Ouimette, John Roggie and myself.  "Vudu" was composed by me, and is the title track on Batik's debut CD, "Vudu" released in 2009. "Vudu" is spelled the…
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"Lizarb" by Batik

"Lizarb" by Batik

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Batik is an eclectic jazz/world/fusion group featuring Dave Anthony, Tom Nazziola, Tim Ouimette, John Roggie and Barry Hartglass. “Lizarb,” Brazil spelled backwards, features a few Brazilian sounds and percussion instruments with some retro funk and electronic sounds. The form is interactive, improvised, and unconventional. "Lizarb" was composed by John Roggie. Keep reading for the original blog. Full story: The fifth track on my SoundCloud Playlist is "Lizarb" by Batik. Batik is an eclectic jazz/world/fusion group featuring Dave Anthony, Tom Nazziola, Tim Ouimette, John Roggie and myself. "Lizarb," composed by John Roggie, is the first track on our debut CD, "Vudu" released in 2009. "Lizarb," in case you haven't figured it out, is actually Brazil spelled backwards. "Lizarb" features a few Brazilian sounds and percussion instruments in addition to some wild…
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