April 22, 1990 |
Some implements of the art, from left, top: A non-reproducible pencil whose marks won't be picked up on a photocopy, a cassette player with earphones for travel, an ordinary pencil, a dip pen, a raised ruler with cork, a trinome or three-speed metronome, a miniature composition book and a letter opener. Not pictured is an electric eraser that Harbison says all composers have and use constantly for taking out such things as a single notehead.
June 19, 2012 |
Composers, look to your laurels: A mere computer program can transform a racket of clangs, hums and beeps into a pleasing melody, and all humans have to do is offer feedback with the click of a mouse. The program, by a British bioinformatics expert whose day job involves tackling biomedical problems, employs the same principles of natural selection that guide the evolution of living beings over many generations. The software - dubbed DarwinTunes, of course - creates 8-second collections of notes and puts them through the evolutionary wringer.
February 23, 2011 |
Lalo Schifrin describes himself simply as a "music maker. " "I do music by taking a baton and conducting it or by writing it or by playing the piano," said the 78-year-old composer, who perhaps is best known for his Grammy-winning, jazz infused score for the classic TV series "Mission: Impossible. " But Schifrin is being unduly modest. The Argentine-born composer helped change the sound of movie scores, earning six Oscar nominations. Among his movie scores are 1965's "The Cincinnati Kid," 1967's "Cool Hand Luke," for which he earned his first Oscar nomination, 1968's "Bullitt," 1971's "THX 1138 and "Dirty Harry," 1979's "The Amityville Horror," for which he was also Oscar-nominated and the three "Rush Hour" comedies.
April 7, 2013 |
It wasn't B.J. Thomas, exactly, but musical raindrops seemed to be falling in a white-walled rehearsal room next to Walt Disney Concert Hall, courtesy of Milo Talwani, one of the L.A. composers least likely to write melody, let alone ear candy, into a piece of music. At 16, he's one of four area high school students taking the royal road to composing careers, at least at the outset, via the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Talwani, a lanky epitome of precocious Bohemian-intellectual cool who's a junior at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, had placed pizzicato plinking sounds that evoked the first spatterings of a cloudburst into a musical fragment from a work in progress.
May 2, 2004 |
John WILLIAMS and Christian Wolff are both composers. They are Americans (although Wolff was born in Nice, France). They are of the same generation (Williams turned 72 in February; Wolff, 70 in March). And they are both about to receive honorary doctorates.
October 16, 1987 |
Not every composer today is scared off by modern technology. Members of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music, for instance, are dedicated to it. In their works, these composers bring together everyday orchestral instruments and sophisticated electronic gadgetry. "The technology gives new meaning and possibilities to classical music," says composer Andrew Rodell, coordinator for a concert by seven members of the Los Angeles chapter of the society at 8 tonight at Chapman College in Orange.