Christopher Biggs: Decade Zero

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New from Ravello Records is DECADE ZERO, a compilation of works for instruments and electronics by Christopher Biggs. The works integrate traditional instruments with live electronic processing and sound files. Biggs’ compositions focus on environmental, political, and scientific extra-musical concepts relevant to today’s world. Featuring the Western Brass Quintet, the title track, Decade Zero explores the last period in time when humanity can take decisive action to combat climate change without facing irrevocable changes to our world. Externalities, for amplified cello and electronics, balances a consumer attempting to minimize the negative outcomes of their consumption choices while reflecting on participatory economics. Amass, for clarinet and electronics, has origins in the Arab Spring movement and Occupy Wall Street. It reflects on contemporary society’s desire for meaningful change through continuous stratifying and blending of music. Biggs’ more abstract works, such as the Decoherence for trumpet and electronics, refer to concepts of quantum physics, and Recombinant Serenade features variations on the “Prologue” from Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings. The common themes between these works include the anxieties of decision-making, often represented with instrumental parts, and the range of resulting consequences, generally represented by the electronics. Biggs’ striking electro-acoustic works lend these ideas a startling immediacy by creating compelling music that will intrigue and thrill listeners.
Item number RR7976
Barcode 636160195777
Release date 11/10/2017
Category Classical Music
Number of units 1
Classical Composer Biggs, Christopher
Disc: 1
Decade Zero00:13:00
1 Decade Zero 00:13:02 Western Brass Quintet
2 Externalities: I. — 00:03:10 Biggs, Christopher Boyt, Zachary
3 Externalities: II. — 00:02:18 Biggs, Christopher Boyt, Zachary
4 Externalities: III. — 00:01:40 Biggs, Christopher Boyt, Zachary
5 Promethea 00:07:11 Biggs, Christopher Sellers, Alex
A Letter to the Moon00:10:00
6 A Letter to the Moon: I. — 00:06:04 SPLICE Ensemble
7 A Letter to the Moon: II. — 00:03:21 SPLICE Ensemble
Recombinant Serenade00:07:00
8 Recombinant Serenade 00:07:11 Biggs, Christopher Foulk, Lin
9 Decoherence: I. — 00:03:22 Biggs, Christopher Wells, Samuel
10 Decoherence: II. — 00:03:18 Biggs, Christopher Wells, Samuel
11 Decoherence: III. — 00:03:02 Biggs, Christopher Wells, Samuel
12 Amass: I. Of Need and Necessity 00:02:28 Salguero, Mauricio Biggs, Christopher
13 Amass: II. Music of the Spheres 00:03:17 Salguero, Mauricio Biggs, Christopher
14 Amass: III. Imperatives 00:02:18 Salguero, Mauricio Biggs, Christopher
15 Amass: IV. And Now Late Breaking 00:00:54 Salguero, Mauricio Biggs, Christopher
16 Amass: V. Calculations 00:01:45 Salguero, Mauricio Biggs, Christopher
17 Amass: VI. Abstraction 00:00:54 Salguero, Mauricio Biggs, Christopher
18 Amass: VII. Anarchy 00:02:18 Salguero, Mauricio Biggs, Christopher
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