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Art that speaks...now & to the future

 

list of aural works (printed scores) follows (in chronological order):

    Rondoletto for Solo Flute (1991) (ca. 3:45) - order now
      - composed for/premiered by Max Shoenfeld at ISU;
         performed by Kimberly McCoul-Risinger in 1997

$5.00
(sample)
    Sonata Devoto (three movements for solo piano) (1992) (ca:12:30) - order now
      - composed for/premiered by Paul Borg in 1995 at ISU;
         performed again in 1997
$20.00
(sample)
    10 Miniatures for Solo Guitar (1993) (ca. 10:00) - order now
      - commissioned and recorded by Paul Stern; premiered by Angelo Favis in 1995 at ISU
         and Millikin University in Decatur, IL
$10.00
(sample)

    String Trio No. 1 (1995) (ca. 7:30) - order now (score only)
      - composed for/premiered by Sarah Gentry (violin), Arthur Lewis (viola),
         and Gregory Hamilton (violoncello) at ISU
   (score with parts)

$20.00
(sample)

$40.00
    Psalm 22: Cantata for Bass-baritone and Chamber Ensemble (1997)
      - published but not yet performed - order now (score only)

   (score with parts)

$75.00
(sample)

$200.00
    Three Poetic Variations for Soprano and Viola (1997) (ca.7:00) - order now
      - composed for/premiered by Bonnie Pomfret (soprano) and Arthur Lewis (viola)
$10.00
(sample)
    Intrasections I for electronic tape (1999) (ca. 5:37) - order now (CD only)
      - premiered on the Cybermusic concert during the 1999 Digital Arts Festival at ISU
$5.00
(sample)
    Contact for Five Timpani (1999) (ca. 9:00) - order now
      - composed for David Collier
$10.00
(sample)
    Attitudes for Solo Double Bass (2003) - available soon
 
    Voce' for Solo Voice (2001) (ca. 7:23) - order now (CD only)
      - composed for/premiered on the Cybermusic concert during
         the 2001 Digital Arts Festival at ISU
$5.00
(sample)
    Ascend for Solo Viola (2005) (ca. 5:20) - available soon
      - composed for/premiered by Robert Fisher in Chicago, IL;
         performed again in 2006 at ISU
 

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list of aural recordings follows:

Classical Music

     Douglas E. Johnson

          10 Miniatures for Solo Guitar - Fourth Movement

          Intrasections I for electronic tape

          Voce' for Solo Voice



Avant Garde and Underground Music

     CiViLiAN

          Prelude and Resurrection of the Mountain King
          on Return to the Mountain King
          and on No Sax or Violins

          Abortion on No Sax or Violins

          Crosstalk on Up from the Underground
          and on No Sax or Violins

     The Gone Orchestra - No Price Too High

     KLANK - numb

 

Classical Music

Douglas E. Johnson
10 Miniatures for Solo Guitar - commissioned & performed/recorded by Paul R. Stern

1993 Douglas E. Johnson

"...Mr. Stern ranks among the best of the classical guitarists performing on the international scene...not the 'best guitar recital' but the best recital in any medium."
                 
Arthur Corra, PhD.; Conductor and Chairman,
                  Music Department, ISU

Mr. Stern's large repertoire includes concert pieces extending from renaissance to modern times. In 1979 he was selected by Hi Fidelity / Musical America magazine as "one of the young musical artists to watch." His performances of the Bach lute music have been featured at the Birmingham Bach Festival, Harvard University, and broadcast by PBS radio programs.

Douglas E. Johnson
Intrasections I for electronic tape
1999 Douglas E. Johnson

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Douglas E. Johnson
Intrasections I for electronic tape

$5 (+P&H)

Johnson composed Intrasections I for electronic tape for the 1999 Illinois State University Digital Arts Festival.

It was given a premier on the Cybermusic concert, March 17, 1999, as a tribute to Edgard Varese and his Poeme Electronique.

Here is a brief description of the work:

Intrasections I for electronic tape emerges gradually from an eternal space, slowly builds opposing sound masses into a rigid and mechanistic section, and dissolves back into the same eternal space. The middle section accompaniment returns in the closing section and then disintegrates, leading to a codetta where the main theme emerges to be heard clearly for the first time. Intrasections I closes with a sense of profound understanding and metaphysical wonderment. The main theme is derived from the first four notes of the vocal line in Gentle Giant's Edge of Twilight.
Voce' for Solo Voice
2001 Douglas E. Johnson

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Douglas E. Johnson
Voce' for Solo Voice
$5 (+P&H)

Johnson composed Voce' for Solo Voice for the 2001 Illinois State University Digital Arts Festival.

It was given a premier on the Cybermusic concert, March 27, 2001.

A brief description of the work follows:

Voce' was composed in March 2001 for solo voice and minimal fx. The work was edited in Sonic Foundry's Vegas software and inspired by the life of an unborn child in the womb of its mother. A sense of spirituality and a strong desire for life is reflected in the work, juxtaposed with a meditative quality. Voce' is a three-movement work with no breaks between movements.

 

Avant Garde and Underground Music

CiViLiAN
Prelude and Resurrection of the Mountain King
from No Sax or Violins (1999)
1999 CiViLiAN

Abortion
from No Sax or Violins (1999)
1999 CiViLiAN

Crosstalk
from No Sax or Violins (1999)
1999 CiViLiAN

AKA CiViLiAN: (coming soon...expanded list of recorded works by CiViLiAN)

CiViLiAN Cover
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CiViLiAN
Prelude and
Resurrection of the
Mountain King

on
Return of the Mountain King
- A Tribute to Savatage

or

No Sax or Violins
$5 (+P&H)

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CiViLiAN
Abortion
on
No Sax or Violins

$5 (+P&H)

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CiViLiAN
Crosstalk
on
Up from the Underground
or
No Sax or Violins

$5ea (+P&H)

Want a taste of avant-garde industrial rock and post-experimental pop, offset by an attitude and thought-provoking poeticism?

CiViLiAN has worked on several releases and is currently working in the studio, chiseling at a full-length CD.

No Sax or Violins features: Prelude and Resurrection of the Mountain King, Abortion, and Crosstalk.

Prelude and Resurrection of the Mountain King is a neo-industrial remake of Edward Grieg's Ase's Death and In the Hall of the Mountain King. It was also released on the CD: Return of the Mountain King - A Tribute to Savatage by Dwell Records, originally produced by Progressive Arts Music. Special thanks to Eric Hoffman!

Abortion was originally released on a demo cassette with Crosstalk. It is only available on No Sax or Violins.

Crosstalk is available on the PAM comp CD: Up From the Underground, which also includes: Cindy Tells Me, Opposite Earth, Without Warning, Tiles, The Quiet Room, Psycho Scream, and 'Closet Classics' by Tempus Fugit and Fatal Sin. Thx to Eric at PAM!

Here are more comments about the tunes
that may help...

"CiViLiAN is a visionary lyricist, a minstrel ahead of his mime, an actor exiting his own script while redirecting his thoughts, a person just like you -- but completely different..." "...what you will hear could be described as a kind of avant garde / post-modern / pop-rock / fusion music, but having said that, no label accurately conveys what you'll experience with your heart and mind when you listen closely to...CiViLiAN."
          DE Johnson, Raconteur Productions

"CiViLiAN ROX! And it's weird, too...I like it!!
           Jeff Maslouski, Strobe Recording (formerly of Sinewave Studios)

"VOOGZ!"            Harrison Bergeron II

"Gimme back my leather sack or I'll..."            de Leddah

The Gone Orchestra
No Price Too High
1998 The Gone Orchestra
No Price Too High Cover
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The Gone Orchestra
No Price Too High
$12 (+P&H)

"If the cover of The Gone Orchestra's No Price Too High is a tour brochure, the quicker minds will no doubt understand that they are in for a strange journey...

The Gone Orchestra have their own agenda and their music is an unpretentious, wandering exploration of jazz, blues, world beat and noise (I'm sure I missed something), putting to use everything from djembe and lap steel to theremin, "electronics" and sampling that could best be described as experimental neo-jazz."
           Geoff Earl (The Rocket)

"Just when you think you've heard every possible stylistic variation under the progressive umbrella, along comes a band that leaves you scratching your head...the eclectic instrumental brew includes keyboards, bassoon, trombone, djembe, trumpet, electronic effects and theremin. The singer, Jamie Price, sounds straight out of the 1930's."
           John Collinge (Progression Magazine - April 1999)

"Standards like Billie Holiday's Miss Brown to You and Duke Ellington's Solitude, though almost traditional on a first listen, are imbued with subtle electronic effects...it takes a balancing act to pull it all together, but the eleven musicians that make up The Gone Orchestra, hailing from diverse rock, classical, jazz, and experimental backgrounds and ranging from ages nineteen to seventy, seem capable of almost anything."
          Rolf Semprebon (Anodyne Magazine - March 1999)

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KLANK
numb
1999 Klank World Wide / SmokeDogg Productions
Numb Cover
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KLANK
numb
Only $13 (+P&H)

Known as 'the four piece wrecking machine from Long Island, NY (USA),' KLANK forced their way on to the modern techno-industrial music scene with their own brand of "Electro Groove Metal."

Their debut album, Still Suffering, was released on Tooth & Nail in 1997 and garnered widespread attention. Downside (the single from Still Suffering) stayed on the CMJ Top 40 charts for 18 weeks and was added to over 170 radio stations nationwide.

numb...KLANK's new release from
Progressive Arts Music is due out in October 1999.

"KLANK has created a sound all their own with a tasty blend of heavy guitars, keys, samples, and live / programmed percussion. Thoughtful lyrics that reflect a 'longing for inner peace' are mixed with 'mood swings, bitterness, and despair'..."
           DE Johnson, Raconteur Productions

KLANK says, "We write music that we feel comes from deep down inside and a lot of people can relate to them because they are all based on real life situations and emotions. We all deal with issues in our lifetime and here is our chance to vent those issues." KLANK is Darren 'Klank' Diolosa (ex - Circle Of Dust & Argyle Park) on vocals / guitars / keys, Pat Servidio on guitar / keys / programming, Danny Owsley on guitars / backing vocals and John "JMF" Zaletel (ex - Great Kat) on drums / percussion.

Bill Koehler
Glimpse
1999 Virtual Time Records
Cover Art:
The Sleepless Night

by Hua Nian
Glimpse Cover
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Bill Koehler
Glimpse
Only $15 (+P&H)

Bill Koehler is Associate Professor of Music at Illinois State University where he teaches applied double bass, string pedagogy, psychology of music, and improvisation.

Dr. Koehler has performed in England, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Russia, Belo-Russia, Puerto Rico, and throughout the US. He is currently Principal Bassist with the Peoria Symphony, and freelance jazz bassist.

Koehler has also performed with numerous orchestras in his native New York City, the southeast, the midwest, and performed on several TV commercials and films in NYC. He earned his doctorate at Indiana University.

Glimpse contains several enticing originals by Koehler and friends for jazz solo, duo, trio, and quartet. Two classical pieces are included for the solo double bass as well. Soliloquios #5 is an exciting and demanding work composed in 1981 by Panamanian born Roque Cordero. Concert Study #10 by Annibale Mengoli is a romantic etude featuring double stops and cadenza-like passages. This recording highlights a diverse range of moods from introspective and contemplative to upbeat and edgy.

Koehler has worked with a wide variety of notable jazz and improvising musicians such as Sam Brown, John Clark, Joe Morello, John Campbell, Carl Fontana, Dave Burrell, Jimmy Guiffre, Joe Tekula, Harold Seletsky, David Baker, Harvey Phillips, and Nasville country music producer Byron Gallimore. His teachers include Murray Grodner, David Izenson, Phillip Albright, Ernest Szugyi, and Neale Mason. Koehler performs regularly with pianist Barrington Coleman and drummer Bob McEntyre who are featured here.

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