Jason Bolte
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Ambient P
Ambient P was composed in response to David McIntire and Irritable Hedgehog's Putney Project. The work is unique in my output up to this point. David’s challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to explore an style of composition that I have been interested in for some time. Ambient P uses material derived from David's early exposure to the EMS VCS-3, also know as the Putney.


Putt'n Around

Putt'n Around was composed in response to David McIntire and Irritable Hedgehog's Putney Project . The work uses material derived from David's early exposure to the EMS VCS-3, also know as the Putney.


Child's Play

Child's Play is the third piece in a series of works that explore my daughter’s (Lila’s) toys.


With My Eyes Shut

With My Eyes Shut is the second piece in a series of works that explore my daughter’s (Lila’s) toys.  With My Eyes Shut was written for clarinetist Mauricio Salguero, who performs on this recording.  PDF Score


Noises Everywhere

Noises Everywhere was inspired by a snippet of text from the classic children’s book “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown, a book my daughter and I love to read at bedtime. The work uses sound materials derived from my daughter’s (Lila’s) toys.  Noises Everywhere was commissioned by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers and the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States as part of the ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition 2008, and was finalist at the International Competition for Composers "CittÓ di Udine" 2010.


Scrap Metal
Scrap Metal is an electroacoustic work that explores relationships between sonic material produced on the piano and various metal produced sounds.  Scrap Metal was commissioned by the Music Teachers National Association and the Missouri Music Teachers Association. Scrap Metal was selected for recognition at the 35th Bourges International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art (2008) - Trivium, Instrument and Electronics.  Blas Gonzalez, piano.  PDF Score


And Death...
And Death... is a short work inspired by the poem, “And Death Shall Have No Dominion,” by Dylan Thomas.  And Death... is an elaboration of the poem, taking the ideas presented and inferred and infusing them into the sonic realm.  Many of the sounds that are used in the composition are specifically mentioned in the poem and create a direct connection between the two works.  These sounds are also used to capture my interpretation of the poem through concrete usage as well as constructing textures and gestures that are related to the emotional contour of the poem.  And Death… was selected as one of three Prize Winners at the 9th Electroacoustic Composition Competition M˙sica Viva 2008 (Portugal) and was selected as a Finalist at the VII Concurso Internacional de Miniaturas Electroacusticas 2009 (Spain).


Chage in the Summation
Change in the Summation is a study of the continuum between the limits of pitched and noise-based materials, a change in the "spectral summation."  The title also refers to a change in my own compositional practice; an exploration and conscious integration of controlled pitched material into the fabric and structure of the electroacoustic work.  Change in the Summation was awarded Second Prize at the 2008 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Composition Competition, and was selected as a Finalist at the 2007 ETH Zurich Digital Arts Week Stereophonic Soundscape Competition.


Friction
Friction explores the sounds and structures that are produced when a secondary force is applied to an object in physical contact with another; overcoming the force of friction and creating motion, heat, and sound in the process.  The work is focused on the buildup of this secondary force and the ultimate release of energy as the force of friction is exceeded.  The sonic material in the work is based on real-world sounds produced during this physical process. Friction was awarded Third Prize at the 2nd International Electroacoustic Music Contest – CEMVA – 2008, and was selected for recognition at the 33rd Bourges International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art (2006) (Trivium, Programmatic).


Forgotten Dreams
Forgotten Dreams is an electroacoustic composition that integrates live double bass performance with digital audio and live computer processing. The inspiration for the work came from the feeling of abruptly waking from a dream (or in my case usually a nightmare), and not knowing exactly what had transpired to force consciousness. The composition explores the possibilities of these dreams, elaborating on snippets of information that can be recalled.  Forgotten Dreams was awarded First Prize at the 2004 International Society of Bassists Composition Competition - Media Division.  Preformance by Nicolai Jacobsen, double bass.  PDF Score


Darkness Comes to the Woods
Darkness Comes to the Woods is an electroacoustic composition that integrates live acoustical performance with tape and interactive electronics.  The work is a setting of Norbert Krapf's poem “Darkness Comes to the Woods” from his book Somewhere in Southern Indiana.  The poem was chosen, in part, because of the poet's ties to where I grew up in southwestern Indiana, and the images that it brought forth upon my first reading. In the poem, Krapf uses the symbol of water to describe the darkness that is overtaking the woods.  This symbol is carried into the tape part be using easily identifiable sounds such as running water and thunder.  These sounds, along with others, are used to create a dark and menacing texture, which compliments and exaggerates the text and vocal line.   “Darkness Comes to the Woods” from Somewhere in Southern Indiana, by Norbert Krapf.  Used by Permission of Time Being Books.  Copyright 1993 by Time Being Press.  All rights reserved.