Time is Dust (DVD-Audio Surround) Track listing detail

Marimba Dismembered

John Oliver

  • Year of composition: 1990
  • Duration: 3:00
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Commission: empreintes DIGITALes

Stereo

  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Surround 5.1

  • Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • DTS, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • PCM for Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits

A dirge for Guatemala’s national instrument; a cry for an end to the genocide of the Mayan people. Marimba Dismembered was mixed at the Music Gallery (Toronto, Ontario) in August, 1990.

John Oliver [xi-90]


Premiere

  • November 2, 1990, Montréal musiques actuelles / New Music America, Acousmonium: Concert 6: Électro clips, Théâtre Les Loges, Montréal (Québec)

Give Us Peace

John Oliver

  • Year of composition: 2002
  • Duration: 4:52
  • Instrumentation: 4-channel fixed medium
  • Commission: CBC Radio One

Stereo

  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Surround 5.1

  • Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • DTS, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • PCM for Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits

In Give Us Peace I return to the ideas & sound world of my dramatic work El Reposo del Fuego for synthesizers and audio. The tragedy of September 11, 2001 is not about airplanes and buildings: it is about people. My composition begins with sonic chaos, an imaginary sound world that fuses the sounds of objects breaking, crying, screams, distant crowds, singing, drumming, and religious chanting. Halfway through, the soundscape falls into itself on the phrase "No hay espacio mas ancho que el dolor” (There is no space wider than grief) and the remainder of the work fixes our attention on an eternal choir over which we hear the sounds of voices melting into granulated noise as people seem to turn to dust. This last part of the work, through pacing the speed of the listener’s breathing, builds a sonic memorial to the victims of September 11th and a promise for a better world for our children.

[source: Réseaux des arts médiatiques]

Just Inference

John Oliver

  • Year of composition: 2003
  • Duration: 5:03
  • Instrumentation: 4-channel fixed medium

Stereo

  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Surround 5.1

  • Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • DTS, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • PCM for Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits

Just Inference was commissioned to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the GEMS Ensemble of Montréal, which Oliver co-founded with Claude Schryer and alcides lanza, and was first performed at the Clara Lichenstein Recital Hall on October 23, 2003. Composer alcides lanza asked former composer members of the ensemble to create short “remix” pieces based on the McGill University Records recording of his composition interferences iii. I took the two most active passages from the work and created a remix using additive and subtractive procedures. The pulse that underlies the entire piece reminded me of another early GEMS work by my colleague Claude Schryer called Just a Pulse. So my work Just Inference is a tribute to the cofounders of GEMS and to electroacoustic music that gives the drama of the human voice a central role.

[source: Réseaux des arts médiatiques]

Marimba Destruido

John Oliver

  • Year of composition: 2005
  • Duration: 12:39
  • Instrumentation: 8-channel fixed medium

Stereo

  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Surround 5.1

  • Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • DTS, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • PCM for Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits

This is a new multispeaker work based on the material of Marimba Dismembered.

[source: Réseaux des arts médiatiques]


Premiere

  • December 6, 2005, Akousma (2): Tessons / Shards, Espace Go, Montréal (Québec)

Over the Edge

John Oliver

  • Year of composition: 2005
  • Duration: 20:00
  • Instrumentation: 12-channel fixed medium
  • Commission: Réseaux des arts médiatiques

Stereo

  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Surround 5.1

  • Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • DTS, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • PCM for Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits

Off the Edge was created in 1992 using three sound generating boxes controlled by an Atari computer running C-Lab Notator software. The three instruments were the Akai S-1000, TG77, and EMU Proteus/1. Over the Edge was commissioned by composer Paul Dolden for his presentation that year of a concert carte blanche. One can hear in the original work my interest in highly dense sounds. But at the time I was not satisfied with the slow working method and lack of dynamic possibilities offered by granular synthesis (mainly due to insufficient speed of computers). Over the Edge is a remix/granulation of the original that layers various new pathways through the original work.

[source: Réseaux des arts médiatiques]


Premiere

  • December 6, 2005, Akousma (2): Tessons / Shards, Espace Go, Montréal (Québec)

Nylong Symphony #2 — Crystal

John Oliver

  • Year of composition: 2010
  • Duration: 23:35
  • Instrumentation: 8-channel fixed medium

Stereo

  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Surround 5.1

  • Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • DTS, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • PCM for Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits

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