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Piece Title : A Slightly Evil Machine
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Dificulty Rating :
Level : Graduate
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 :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Untuned Percussion
Instrument / Discipline : Multiple Percussion Solo
Instrumentation : High Pitched Drum / Low Pitched Drum / Metallic Object (x2) / Wooden Instrument
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : Instrument choice is up to the player (High/Low drums, wooden sound, high and low metal sound)
Written for / Commissioned by : Tony Oliver/Society for Chromatic Art
Permission given for Youtube video by Copyright holder
and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 Caleb Herron
Accompanied :N/A
Publisher :Parallax Music Press
Publishers Website :www.jamesromig.com
Publisher Details :


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


Year Composed / Copyright Date :2005 /  2005
Duration :9Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
Special Needs :NA
Sheet Music Available From :www.jamesromig.com      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

A Slightly Evil Machine, scored for five non-pitched percussion instruments and lasting approximately eight minutes, was commissioned by The Society for Chromatic Art and percussionist Tony Oliver for premiere performance on June 6, 2006, in New York City.  The work comprises five cycles of twenty-one motivically-related cells in a structural fast-slow-fast-slow-fast arrangement.  Further, multiple "filters" are employed to produce smooth transitions between the individual cycles as event-density is increased or decreased gradually over time.  The solo percussionist must navigate through near-constant variation of polyrhythmic background pulse to project the internal acceleration and/or deceleration of individual cells, and over the course of larger cycles. 

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