Monday, January 27, 2014

Notations 23: Barbier and Taylor

Here's the twenty-third installment of Notations! Inspired by Cage's 1969 bookNotations is a collection of graphic scores, hand drawn music calligraphy, computer code, compositional sketches, text scores, and other innovative forms of musical notation.

Every Monday we'll showcase notation by two different composers, primarily focusing on those local to Los Angeles. This week's composers are Matt Barbier and Luke Thomas Taylor. All images are used with permission, and copyright is retained by each piece's respective creator. Click on the images to see a larger view.

from Cube Intersecting Plane to Create Hexagonal Cross Space by Matt Barbier

Matt Barbier is an LA-based trombonist and composer focused primarily in the field of experimental intonation and noise music. Working collaboratively with composers such as Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Ulrich Krieger, and Marc Sabat, he engages with the emerging field of just intonation for brass instruments. Barbier is also a founding member of Gnarwhallaby, a Los Angeles-based mixed quartet. He received his education at the Cleveland Institute of Music (BM) and California Institute of the Arts (MFA). Barbier guest lectures at CalArts and Simon Fraser University.

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from Untitled 2013 by Luke Thomas Taylor

Luke Thomas Taylor is currently studying for a Ph.D. in music composition at University of California, Santa Barbara. He recieved his B.A. in music at University of California, San Diego summa cum laude and his M.F.A. in composition at California Institute of the Arts. He has had the priviledge to study composition with Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Sean Franz Griffin, Rand Steiger, Chinary Ung, James Tenney, Morton Subotnick, Stephen "Lucky" Mosko, Mark Trayle, and is currently studying with Clarence Barlow.

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