Daniel Miller: A Smaller Moment

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Daniel Miller on "A SMALLER MOMENT"

I have this dream, not yet realized, that all elements of sound can be combined into one piece in such a way that everything cancels each other out and we are left with "a softer moment." This is similar to the way in which the color white is actually all wavelengths of light being seen at once. Sound cannot function this way, unless we are comfortable listening solely to white noise. Rather than overwhelm our ears in such a way, I have focused on creating diverse and juxtaposed moments that are merely a reflection of how they are created and how they are heard. These moments become peaceful and tranquil, because they are heard and forgotten, and are absent of any meaning in the overall scheme of the piece. I don't think I've reached this dream yet, but perhaps attempting to reach it is enough.


from Made in California, released October 28, 2013



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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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