Hired Goons by Eric Martin

Percussionist, Eric Martin, regularly posts videos on YouTube. This is a recent tune called “Hired Goons”. According to the description on YouTube, “this tune was untitled during the whole recording process, then this phrase popped in my head when I was editing the video. Instruments used: tambourine, rebolo, compact conga, cajon, egg shakers, cowbell, vibraphone, MalletKat, and Alesis V49”

Written, performed, recorded, mixed, mastered, filmed, and edited by Eric Martin.

“Circuit Breaker” by Gene Koshinski

Performed by Quey Percussion Duo (Gene Koshinski and Tim Broscious) with the University of Minnesota Duluth Graduate Percussion Ensemble (Jordan Holley, Jody Morgan, Doug Quance, and Michael Taylor)

Program Notes
Circuit Breaker, scored for percussion sextet, functions as a concertino for percussion duo with percussion quartet accompaniment. While there is no set program, the impetus for the piece came from images of robots dancing. Initially, I was intrigued by a video of twenty synchronized “Noa” robots dancing in perfect unison, but the aesthetic of the music did not seem to fit the visual image. This posed the question, “What kind of music would a robot dance to?” This question conjured up a variety of ideas and sounds from mechanical and industrial to unusual and whimsical. Circuit Breaker takes the listener through a series of musical scenes that offer a response to this abstract question. (more…)

“Blindnesses” by Isaac Schankler

Performed by Third Coast Percussion
Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, David Skidmore

Blindnesses is scored for four percussionists— sharing one vibraphone— and electronic sound processing. The electronic component of the piece at times adds a cavernous artificial resonance to the sound, while at other times, it plays back distorted fragments of music performed by the live musicians earlier in the piece. The four percussionists- whose movements must be meticulously choreographed to perform together on a single instrument- create their own stark sonic contrasts with a variety of mallets and acoustic pitch bending effects. (more…)

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