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Bloom

cello and boombox (2009)

Joshua Roman, cello
Recorded at MajorWho Media


details

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


video

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


program note

Bloom for cello and boombox is written for Joshua Roman, with support from an American Composers Forum Subito Grant. It is the ninth work in a series of compositions for solo instrument and electronics. Originally the idea of having a boombox involved was simply for reasons of efficiency – so that Joshua could perform it easily whenever and wherever he desired. But 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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