Sunday, May 27, 2018

"Premier Hitters" for Contrabass Sarrusophone

Contrabass Sarrusophone







“Acknowledging The Equinox In A White Suit And Panama Hat” for Tuba


“Acknowledging The Equinox In A White Suit And Panama Hat”

For Tuba

Bil Smith Composer

2018

A Numerics Tablature

Published by LNM Editions























""Exit Velocity"
 For Piano


"Exit Velocity"

For Piano

Bil Smith Composer

2018

A Commission from Harrison Hayes, LLC

Published by LNM Editions




"Moody 14 Year Old". For Five (5) Mallets: Marimba




Friday, May 25, 2018

"Semio": A Reappropriation of Mathias Spahlinger's "128 Erfüllte Augenblicke" for Voice, Clarinet and Cello. Bil Smith Composer.



"Semio"  Bil Smith Composer

"Semio": A Reappropriation of Mathias Spahlinger's "128 Erfüllte Augenblicke" for Voice, Clarinet and Cello. Bil Smith Composer.  Various pages of the score.


"Semio"  Bil Smith Composer
To reappropriate a musical composition, a deliberate intervention is made into its common or hegemonic (for the cultural studies majors amongst us) usage. This common usage as a music of oppression, hurt or victimization is challenged and reevaluated. 

The composition may attain a neutral or acceptable connotation and become absorbed into broader cultural use. It may even attain a positive connotation within informed and aware groups.




Mathias Spahlinger

"Semio"  Bil Smith Composer
Music and language (text) reappropriation usually takes place within the oppressed community affected by the music's original meaning.  Often, performance of the composition outside that community retains its derogatory meaning.  

Thomas Demand, Photographer









Musical meaning is decoded within a context – how it’s conveyed, by whom, when, where and why all have effects on the intent and receipt of a composition.







"Identical Indented Comments" for Contrabassoon and Soprano Saxophone




"Identical Indented Comments"

 for Contrabassoon and Soprano Saxophone

Bil Smith Composer


A new musical tablature attempting to base a workable theory of aural syntax on concrete tokens.
I have a suggestion to expand the scope of experimental tablatures. Philosophers use a range of tools. To mention just a few, these include logic, probability, game theory, economic modeling as well as computer simulations.
What if, as enlightened composers, we begin using the tools of cognitive science and experimental psychology to examine philosophical music questions. My suggestion with this composition, and moving forward, is to add data science to the catalogue of compositional tools.
-Bil Smith

The Horizontally Held Fan Cleaves The Air. For Piano. The Score Link. (5 Pages)



"The Horizontally Held Fan Cleaves The Air"

For Piano

Bil Smith Composer

The Score Link.