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cello and boombox (2009)

Joshua Roman, cello
Recorded at MajorWho Media


Duration: 8 minutes
Premiere: April 6, 2009
Joshua Roman at Music With A View, Flea Theater, New York, NY

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Joshua Roman, cello
Contemporary Museum Mobtown Modern concert series, Baltimore, MD. 2.03.10

program note

Bloom for cello and electronics was created for Joshua Roman, with support from an American Composers Forum Subito Grant. It is the ninth work in a series of compositions for solo instruments and electronics. Originally the work included a boombox to play the electronics so that Joshua could perform it easily whenever and wherever he desired. As I worked I also found myself creating an electronic part that is more raw and “in your face” than usual, and taking into consideration the context in which I think of listening to a boombox—with a smallish group, probably of friends, in a gathering under a tree, in someone’s home, or maybe on a beach. A very different listening space than a concert situation! The title refers both to the music developing from bubbling textures into a dense soundscape and also to Joshua’s sunny disposition.

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