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Piece Title : The Frame Problem
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Level : Junior / Senior
Composer / Arranger : Romig, James
Composer / Arranger Details:

 James Romig composes music that endeavors to reflect the intricate complexity of nature, where fundamental structures exert influence on both small-scale iteration and large-scale design, obscuring the boundaries between form and content. His work shows the influence of academic study with Charles Wuorinen and Milton Babbitt, interaction with the natural world through hiking and photography, and an interest in chaos theory, fractal geometry, and small-world networks. Recent guest-composer visits include Northwestern University, the Aspen Institute, the Cincinnati Conservatory, the University of Illinois, Juilliard, and the American Academy in Rome. Residencies include Petrified Forest NP, Grand Canyon NP, and Copland House. He holds degrees from Rutgers University (PhD) and the University of Iowa (MM, BM), and has been on faculty at Western Illinois University since 2002.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :3 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Untuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Percussion Trio
Instrumentation : Large Drum (x3) / Metallic Object (x3) / Small Drum (x3) / Wooden Instrument (x3)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : Consortium of percussion ensembles
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and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 Brad Meyer
Accompanied :N/A
Publisher :Parallax Music Press
Publishers Website
Publisher Details :


Parallax Music Press is the personal publishing imprint of James Romig.


Year Composed / Copyright Date :2003 /  2003
Duration :6Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :Various
Special Needs :NA
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

The Frame Problem, composed in 2003, was commissioned by a consortium of percussion ensembles from Iowa State University, Susquehanna University, Truman State University, University of Akron, University of Illinois, University of Northern Iowa, University of North Florida, University of Southern Mississippi, Western Illinois University, and William Patterson University.  The work`s instrumentation comprises multiple "trios": each player performs on a trio of woods, metals, or small drums, while a fourth trio—of larger drums—is distributed between the three parts.  The work, a strict circular canon (each part is identical, merely starting from a different point on a looped continuum), also incorporates a paradigmatic "trio of trios" into its large-scale structure: a particularly explosive and distinct section of the work occurs three times in each part (nine times, therefore, in total), functioning as a kind of "keystone.”  Over the span of the work, this short section is heard twice as a solo (once in the metals; once in the small drums), twice as a duet between players (woods and small drums; woods and metals), and finally as a trio that concludes the work.

    The title refers to a primary difficulty in designing robots and computer programs with "artificial intelligence."  Human brains have a remarkable ability to "frame" information: in an instant, we are able to observe and organize an enormous amount of data, sorting and categorizing what is relevant and what is not.  When listening to music, one of the primary hierarchical "frames" we create is that of meter.  In this percussion trio, multiple distinct meters occur concurrently—in different lines, at constantly shifting dynamic levels, and in different timbral aggregations—providing human listeners with the opportunity to resolve multiple overlapping “frames” simultaneously.  Robots in the audience will probably just be confused.

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