Dan VanHassel: Ghost in the Machine

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Dan VanHassel on "GHOST IN THE MACHINE"

In "Ghost in the Machine" the entire ensemble is fused into a single robotic entity, playing tightly interlocking patterns of percussive sounds. Another aspect of this hybrid man-machine is live electronics; controlled by the performers and played back through percussion instruments. These instruments are conceived as extensions of the live performers, and are not actually physically played by anyone. Through the course of the piece the performers gradually introduce a very slow chord progression with glacial melodies spinning out of it. The vibraphone, with its combination of percussive and melodic qualities, is the link that holds this crazy contraption together.

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from Made in California, released October 28, 2013

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Now Hear Ensemble Santa Barbara, California

Founded in Santa Barbara, California in early 2012, the Now Hear Ensemble is a unique combination of double bass, percussion, clarinet, viola, and saxophone, who’s primary goal is the premier of new works by emerging composers.

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