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Piece Title : Animism
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Dificulty Rating :
Level : Junior / Senior
Composer / Arranger : Ridley, Stephen
Composer / Arranger Details:

Stephen Ridley is a composer and orchestrator based in Los Angeles. He received his Masters in Music Composition from UCLA, where he was a student of the late Jerry Goldsmith. Stephen’s most recent work, Symphony for Percussion, is a large- scale work for percussion orchestra and electronics, through which he is attempting to define a new kind of symphony orchestra for a new kind of audience.
In 2010, Stephen was selected to participate in BMI’s ‘Composing for the Screen’ seminar in New York, and was hired to underscore ABC’s Academy Awards Promo campaign, a project which was helmed by director John Singleton. Shortly thereaf- ter, he was offered his first feature film as lead composer: A Perfect Ending, di- rected by Nicole Conn.

Other film industry highlights include a large orchestral score for the short film par- ody `The Sharktank Redemption`, which aired on HBO networks and is part of the special edition DVD release of `The Shawshank Redemption`. After cutting his teeth on various student and short films, he served as a pre-production music consultant and supervisor on `Stranger Than Fiction` in 2005, and on a similar project still in development at MGM.

Stephen is also very active in the world of concert and academic music. His concert works for percussion are published and distributed by C. Alan Music Press. His ex- perimental work `Animism for Prepared Timpani and Playback` (1995) has enjoyed many performances, both domestic and international. Other works have been per- formed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Festival, and the PASIC percussion con- ventions. His work `Chamber-ism` (1998) was given multiple performances by the Santa Barbara based chamber ensemble Camerata Pacifica, in conjunction with ac- claimed marimbist Robert Van Sice.

Stephen has also previously worked for Apple, Inc. as an instructor of the Garage Band and Logic Pro music applications; for UCLA as a music theory teaching assis- tant; and for Camerata Pacifica, the respected and innovative chamber music en- semble based in Santa Barbara.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Timpani
Instrument / Discipline : Timpani Solo
Instrumentation : Temple Bowl (x3) / Timpani (x4)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 4 drums, 3 temple bowls
Written for / Commissioned by : No Commissioning Party
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and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 C Alan Publications
Accompanied :Solo with CD Accompaniment
Publisher :C. Alan Publications
Publishers Website
Publisher Details :

C. Alan Publications was founded in 1989 to fill a need for high-quality percussion literature.  Since that time, they have adhered to the highest standards of music integrity in the percussion music they publish.  In 1997, they added a line of concert band music to their catalogue, which continues to flourish.  More recently they added music for orchestra (youth, string and full), brass ensemble, chorus, jazz ensemble and chamber ensembles. 

In addition they are the sole distributor of 'Whole Sum Productions' percussion catalogue (WS).  Their music receives extensive exposure through performances on international concerts, clinics and conventions and is widely available on compact disc.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :1995 /  1995
Duration :7Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :- Score comes with CD for playback elements - The piece is meant to be played on old, beaten-up drums, because there are hand drumming techniques, and `dent exploration`. Also a towel is used to mute the lowest drum
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Stephen Ridley Animism for Prepared Timpani and Tape (1995)

When I was a kid I used to think that every time I left my room, everything came alive. I knew that if I could walk in unnoticed just once, I`d find desks, curtains, toys, lamps and everything else flying around in some bizarre, mischievous dance. Sometimes, I still catch myself glancing over my shoulder at those suspicious bookends.

"Animism" is the belief that inanimate objects are actually alive or that they encapsulate some kind of spirituality. This piece explores the breathing of life into lifeless objects -- something which musicians do everyday. It could be argued that our instruments take on lives of their own as they help us to transcend.

This piece is based on a non-pitched theme which goes through several variations and developments. The influence of non-western musics is evident in the instrumentation and phrasings employed by the tape part. Also, the timpanist must employ non-western playing techniques (hand drumming) in association with the timpani themselves. The tape combines MIDI events and `live` percussion tracks in an attempt to create a homogenous blending of sampled and synthetic sound. There is a conscious effort to give the tape part an improvisatory and reactive character, while still maintaining that homogeny.

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