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wanderwanderwander asked: I really love the piece you posted recently! I was wondering if you could listen to some of my music and give me feed back? www.allansonmusic.shadesofgames.com
I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’ve been out of town for a few days with no computer access, so I apologize if this reply is late, but I’d love to give your stuff a listen!
This is a piece I wrote in 2009 while at a summer music conservatory in Houston, entitled “It’s a Trap!” This recording is from the AFA World Premieres Concert at Zilka Hall, and features some fabulous professional musicians from Houston and the surrounding areas.
“It’s a Trap!” has won a couple of awards, including the 2010 Texas Music Teacher’s Association Composition Contest and the AFA/ACM Young Composer’s Prize, which entailed a premiere in Chicago by Palomar, a fantastic ensemble devoted to performing new music. The actual relevance in the piece to Admiral Ackbar is debatable; nonetheless, I hope you enjoy.
ericyoon asked: How are you liking tumblr?
I’m in the denial stage of my addiction, so needless to say I’m loving it! It should be a great way to share my music and activities with the world!
A friend of mine got me this awesome book for graduation. If you like, are interested in, or even hate twentieth century classical music, if indeed you think it’s all noise, then I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It will open your ears!
“The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century” takes you on a trip from the “Golden Age” of Wagner, Mahler and Strauss in Germany, through the tumult of Stravinsky’s controversial “Le sacre du printemps” in France, to downtown New York, the birthplace of minimalism in the sixties and seventies, and beyond.
In discussing the social, political, and historical implications of these daring composers and their work, “The Rest is Noise” provides a sweeping musical perspective of the past century.