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Piece Title : Science Fiction
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Composer / Arranger : Dior, Rick
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Total Number of Percussionists Required :10+ Percussionist(s)
Categories : Percussion Ensemble / Mixed Chamber Ensemble
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Instrumentation : Bass Drum / Bell Tree / Bongos (Set of) / Brake Drum / Caxixi / Chimes / Conga / Congas (Set of) / Cow Bell / Cymbal / Darbuka / Doumbek / Drum Kit / Field Drum / Flexitone / Gong / Guiro / Medium Gong / Metal Pipe/Plate / Metallic Object / Mounted Ratchet / Opera Gong / Ribbon Crasher / Shot Shaker / Slap Stick / Small Bass Drum / Small Gong / Surdo / Suspended Cymbal / Synthesizer / Temple Blocks (Set of) / Timpani (Set of) / Tuned Gong / Vibra-Slap / Vibraphone / Waterphone / Xylophone
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Written for / Commissioned by : Ryan Dior
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Publisher :Tapspace Publications
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Tapspace™ is a publishing company specializing in creative percussion music. Formed in 1998 and stationed in Portland, Oregon, USA, Tapspace has a refined niche focusing on educational and appealing concert percussion ensembles, solos, duets, rudimental percussion music, steel band music, and other educational materials.

With a star-studded list of contributing artists, our works have been performed by thousands of percussionists around the world, and are being used daily to help shape and influence the rapidly growing percussive arts. This makes Tapspace a premier source for today`s most creative percussion literature.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :2014 / 
Duration :12Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :8, Various
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :Science Fiction is a tribute to all of the great science fiction and horror movies of the mid-20th Century. Scored for 12 players, the composition is for intermediate to advanced ensembles. The piece was conceived to be performed with an accompanying video montage of sci-fi clips.

The thematic material consists of the type of jazz-tinged, percussion-driven melodies and riffs that were used in many films from the 1950’s and 1960’s. This era also coincided with the introduction of percussion from Cuba and other South American countries, and many of these instruments are heard prominently in the films of this time. There is much bombast and explosiveness in the composition which highlights the post World War II nuclear destruction and apocalyptic themes many sci-fi films dealt with during this period.

The piece itself is divided into sections that reflect the different subgenres of science fiction film types including nuclear holocaust, monsters, robots and aliens, man-made creations, out-of-control dinosaurs, space travel, and my personal favorite, alien invasion.

The composition prominently features a unique electronic instrument called the theremin which was a common musical voice in many classic sci-fi and horror films of this time period. It is operated through an electromagnetic field between two antennae that the performer manipulates without ever touching the device. This in and of itself helps to put the “science” in science fiction!

Science Fiction is dedicated to my son Ryan who reawakened my love for these films.
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