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Tilework for Clarinet [free audio download] PDF Print E-mail
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Several first rank clarinettists have played quite well the Tilework for Clarinet, but I was most moved by the recording I received one day from Cristo Barrios, a young musician from Tenerife (Spain), previously unknown to me. This live concert recording, made at the Conservatorium van Saxion Hogescholen in Enschede (Netherlands) in April 2004, as part of a recital tour he was making in Europe, shows dramatically how a single clarinet can become two clarinets – or six.

Tom Johnson, Paris September 2010  

Listen to Tilework for Clarinet, played by Cristo Barrios 

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Looking at Numbers [2014] PDF Print E-mail
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Looking at number coverLooking at Numbers

–Mathematics and music from a platonic point of view

Numbers as Pythagoras might have seen them

–Numbers producing images and music too 

Numbers are part of nature. Observing them, looking at them, thinking about them, is a way of understanding our relationship to nature. But when we do so in a technical, professional way, we tend to overlook their basic appearances, the things we can understand by simply "looking at numbers."

Drawings by Tom Johnson

Text by Tom Johnson, composer

and Franck Jedrzejewski, mathematician

Published by birkhauser-science.com  

Avaliable as e-book, complete or in chapters

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Tilework for Saxophone [free audio download] PDF Print E-mail
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In January 2006 the ensemble Compagnie CH.AU, invited me to Vevey, Switzerland, to hear an all-Johnson concert they were playing. All the musicians were fine, but the interpretation of Tilework for Saxophone, played by the ensemble’s director, Laurent Estoppey, was extraordinary. How could he play one tile so softly and others so loudly all at the same time? I told him I felt his interpretation would make a wonderful addition to a tilework collection, so he made this recording in a Lausanne studio called Audio Link.

Tom Johnson, Paris September 2010  

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NEWMUSICBOX: Review of Tom Johnson In Los Angeles (Art Share + the wulf.) PDF Print E-mail
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From the NEWMUSICBOX website came this nice review of the concert and exhibition opening at Art Share, during the week-long residency of Tom Johnson in Los Angeles.


The Tom Johnson Paradox

By Isaac Schankler on February 20, 2013

Last Friday, composer Tom Johnson kicked off a week-long Los Angeles residency with a concert and exhibition opening at Art Share in collaboration with the wulf.. Johnson is generally known for his contributions to minimalist music and mathematics, but this event placed his work in a refreshingly different context, presenting his sketches and drawings as visual art. Some of these were taken from his scores, but many were not. A mural of the composer’s Falling Thirds with Drum, drafted by Aspacia Kusulas, greeted visitors at the entrance, and served as an excellent introduction and visual motto for the exhibition as a whole.

The atmosphere in the gallery was informal, with the composer himself wandering through the space and happy to chat about his work with the attendees, pointing out mathematical relationships between seemingly heterogenous pieces. The starkness of the presentation, with letter-sized sheets of paper evenly spaced along blank white walls, served to highlight the variations between the various pieces. Some had an immediately beautiful symmetry, while others looked more like tangled circuit diagrams.

(read complete review here)

 
Tilework for Tuba [free audio download] PDF Print E-mail
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Arnaud Boukhitine is the tubist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, and we came to know one another after his performance of my Monologue for Tuba. My music is rather different from Boukhitine’s usual repertoire, but he was willing to try the Tilework for Tuba as well. When we met a few months later, I realized that what I had written was really too demanding for the tuba. I added a couple of pauses and eliminated a few lip-destroying repeat signs, and Arnaud did the rest necessary to make the piece work. We recorded it with Deshays in August 2008. 

 

Tom Johnson, Paris September 2010  

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