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Earl Howard: Granular Modality

Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  New World Records   Catalog #: 80728  
Composer:  Earl Howard
Performer:  Earl HowardMiya Masaoka
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In many respects Earl Howard’s (b. 1951) music is an anomaly that resists categorization and the seductiveness of genre. He is an important force in improvised music and yet his work employs complex structures and rigorous transitions of sound and texture. His electro-acoustic music is realized with a K-2600 Kurzweil that for Howard is not merely a keyboard synthesizer but an open system, a computer with a most effective interface with modules and a key map that enable more freedom in the composer’s creation of textures. In the three solo works (Bird 3, Strasser 60, 2455) presented on Granular Modality, one can observe the striking continuity of Howard’s aesthetic approach. All three pieces employ a flexible script of material that Read more transforms and modulates from texture to texture. Each section in the composition represents a complex sound world that is not simply multiphonics or sub-harmonics, for example, but an exchange, an interplay that is both directional in terms of an overall sense of form and discursive in its oppositional characteristics. Crupper (2009) features Miya Masaoka on koto with the composer on synthesizer. The piece has a fascinating tension between tonality and sound, finding a delicate balance between the stochastic and the melodic. Liner notes by composer-pianist and long-time collaborator Anthony Davis. Read less

Works on This Recording

Bird 3 by Earl Howard
Performer:  Earl Howard (Synthesizer)
Crupper by Earl Howard
Performer:  Earl Howard (Synthesizer), Miya Masaoka (Koto)
2455 by Earl Howard
Performer:  Earl Howard (Saxophone)
Strasser 60 by Earl Howard
Performer:  Earl Howard (Synthesizer)

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