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Kenneth Newby: Chambers

by Flicker String Quartet

Released 2017
Flicker Art Collaboratory
Released 2017
Flicker Art Collaboratory
Compositions of contemporary classical music for string quartet and chamber ensemble. 21st century art music.
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Kenneth Newby
Chambers — Volume One, Emergence Trilogy


The compositions collected in this volume represent the culmination of a five-year process that saw the development of the Flicker Computer-Assisted Composition System and a broad set of compositions entitled Emergence Trilogy that were composed with this system. The composition system is itself composed of a set of generative processes for the creation of musical structure, a set of procedures for the rendering of compositions as expressive performances, …
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Kenneth Newby: Elegeia

by Flicker Ensemble

Released 2017
Flicker Art Collaboratory
Released 2017
Flicker Art Collaboratory
Art music for the 21st century, by turns haunting, jazz-inflected, scintillating, and meditative.
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Elegeia

Elegeia is the second volume of the Emergence Trilogy. Continuing from the first volume, Chambers, Elegeia enlarges the musical forces at play in its focus on music for string octet, a large ensemble of strings brass woodwinds, percussion and solo trumpet, a Balinese gamelan Semara Dana, a small ensemble of prepared piano and strings, and a work for solo piano. While the music is, in the main, crafted in the style of contemporary classical …
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Kenneth Newby: spectral (golden) lyric

by Flicker Ensemble

Released 2017
Flicker Art Collaboratory
Released 2017
Flicker Art Collaboratory
Wondrous strange—new music for a brave new world—classical elegance and sophistication with tinges of the "air from another planet".
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spectral (golden) lyric

The third volume of the Emergence Trilogy, spectral (golden) lyric sees a return to the more subtle and nuanced forces of the string quartet balanced with a chamber ensemble and solo piano.


Notes on the compositions, ensembles and instruments.

Spectral, Golden, Lyric

The scales and tuning of several of the compositions here are drawn from the harmonic series, hence spectral. The metric structure of some of the pieces is based on proportions …
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Sirens

by Kenneth Newby

Released 2017 (remastered from original release in 1997)
Flicker Art Collaboratory
Released 2017 (remastered from original release in 1997)
Flicker Art Collaboratory
Another offering from the unique sonic vision of Kenneth Newby following on from his landmark Ethno-Ambient work on Ecology of Souls—a sophisticated vision woven of rich textures, infectious rhythms and broad sweeps of immersive music.
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Sirens - Notes

Artwork: Lorraine Thomson

The compositions on this album represent a series of sonic love-letters to some of my favorite collaborators and musical friends—each one a Siren and Muse in their own right.


Artwork Lorraine Thomson


Saraswati Patricia Clemens - Vocal, Kenneth Newby suling

Sirens I DB Boyko - vocal

Luna Kenneth Newby - suling

Howe Sound — Alex Stahl - bull fiddle, Claude Debussy - Sirènes

Eileithyia — Stephen Kent - didgeridoo, …
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Ecology of Souls

by Kenneth Newby

Released 2017
Flicker Art Collaboratory
Released 2017
Flicker Art Collaboratory
Universally lauded as one of the classics of the Ambient / Spectral music genre, Ecology of Souls rewards repeated listenings in its rich and varied soundscapes. Deep Listening.
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ECOLOGY OF SOULS / KENNETH NEWBY

Just as deep entheogenic states open our consciousness to hierarchical realms of the psyche where a multitude of awareness levels and perspectives compete for our engagement, so also can music suggest such things. The monolith approached dissolves into a new community of dancing elements: stasis yields embedded energy, large cycle is obscured by the revelation of smaller ones nested within, meaning and significance reveal themselves in the relationships among their …
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Seasonal Round

by Kenneth Newby & Robert Anthony

Released 1998
Flicker Art Collaboratory
Released 1998
Flicker Art Collaboratory
def.Seasonal Round
1. a sound art work combining spoken word, acoustic, and acousmatic sound;
2. an opera-hypermedia developed around themes of Time, Nature and Cosmology --- Orality and Embodiment --- Soundscape and Place;
3. a gift to our children;
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Notes on Composition: "...in this case channeling the Muse is a form of ecstatic communication --- Ek-stasis --- not Plotinus' "flight of the soul from the body" but the expansion of the soul/body into mind-space, becoming a more expansive being, dwelling in a larger world of reciprocal relations... polymorphously embedded in intimate relations with Nature."

"Through art we do not express ourselves... we change ourselves... and hope to carry others with us; into the …
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