A work for eight glockenspiels and organ, a beautiful percussive work in the vein of Reich and Glass that creates hallucinatory illusions in sound as the piece progresses, testing "the science of attention and the counterpoint of daydreams".
Science is Only a Sometimes Friend
Label: Lock Step Records
Released in: USA
"Science is Only a Sometimes Friend is scored for eight glockenspiels and organ. The constant chiming of the glockenspiels creates a halo of harmonic activity around the performers that shifts depending upon the location of the listener. This mysterious whistle is anticipated, yet oddly vague, sometimes more present and other times hidden. The piece tests the science of attention and the counterpoint of daydreams."-Lock Step Records
"Aaron Siegel's inquisitive and playful work represents a personal vision of how we live with and respond to the sounds in our world. Upcoming concerts include a performance of Science is Only a Sometimes Friend as part of the Sonic Frontiers Festival in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and a performance of excerpts from Brother Brother by Wild Up as part of The Industry's First Take initiative in Los Angeles. Percussionist Jonathan Ovalle premiered his Dioramas for Prepared Vibraphone in Fall 2012 and Experiments In Opera premiered his new monodrama, The Collector, in February 2013 as part of its New Shorts concert. Siegel has also partnered with Mantra Percussion Ensemble and The Young People's Chorus of New York City for performances at the Music at First Series, and the 92nd Street Y . His CD Science is Only a Sometimes Friend for eight glockenspiels and organ was released in May 2011 on LockStep Records and hailed as "one continuous ecstatic sonic event," and as one of the best records of 2011 by Time Out New York.
In addition to his work as a composer, Siegel has performed with Memorize the Sky, Anthony Braxton and Robert Ashley. His work can be found on numerous recordings including Cabinet for solo percussion and Every Morning, a History for chamber ensemble and solo piano. Siegel is one of the co-founders of Experiments In Opera and is on the education staff at Carnegie Hall."-Aaron Siegel website
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Label: Lock Step Records
Catalog ID: LKSTP 021
Squidco Product Code: 17960
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded on February 28th, 2010 by John Rosenberg.
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