Composer Highlight: Kevin Baldwin / by and Play

TODAY IS THE DAY! These composers that we have been 'highlighting' are all wonderful people and composers, and we couldn't be more excited to share their music with you! Come on out-- The Firehouse Space (TONIGHT) @ 8 PM.

Now meet Kevin...

Can you tell us a bit about the inspiration and/or title of your piece?

 sub -(prefix) freely attached to elements of any origin and used with the meaning “under,” “below,” “beneath” 

tect - (suffix) to cover or conceal

The idea for sub//tect came one afternoon during a snow storm. After hours of sitting near the window and watching the snow fall, I noticed how the snow slowly accumulated to cover up the objects that were once in view. Over time, objects' characteristics had been removed; their colors and textures had been completely removed, and shape relatively distorted. The snow had covered [sub] the objects to protect them from being fully realized. The whitewashed and distorted shapes were still recognizable, though only through the memories of what the characteristics were when visible. 

What is your pump-up music?

Almost anything by Daft Punk. When I go for a run I turn them on and go -- keeps me at high energy!

What can listeners expect or listen for in your piece?

Just as I saw the snow cover objects outside my window, this piece slowly removes various musical characteristics. These characteristics may include timbre, texture, harmonicity, resonance, motion, or sound. Certain objects continue to reappear, but with various characteristics missing or changing. These objects may sound similar, or simply have the appearance of sounding similar due to the memory of the their characteristics in previous appearances. It is through the struggle of these objects attempting to remain audible that the piece progresses and takes form.

What would you choose as your last meal on this planet?

Coconut chicken curry, hands down.