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Mike Crooker
bespoke music for moving pictures
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the big show is tomorrow night for my friend Logan -- more info here:

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As always, DO NOT operate heavy machinery while listening, as the music may cause drowsiness, loss of vision, muscle fatigue, death, or worse.

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Our new EP is available today!

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so, I joined a band -- something I didn't think I'd ever do again... ;)

stop on by and hear our first single "Cascade"

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Apologies for the short notice, but I just received notification of this last night.

A short piece of mine ("Ghosts on the Rails") will be included in the 60x60 East Coast Mix premiering Friday night in the Boston/Cambridge area.

Composer’s Voice concert
Friday, March 1st, 2013 8:00PM
Common Room in Lehman Hall (Dudley House) Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138
$10 Suggested Donation

Here's more info:


Composer’s Voice debuts in Cambridge with Fifteen Minutes of Fame and 60x60

March 1, 2013 (Boston, Massachusetts) Composer’s Voice concert series will not pull punches for its debut performance at Dudley House in Harvard
University.  The concert will premiere Fifteen Minutes of Fame Re-Imagining
Debussy with Stephen Porter and follow up with a premiere of the first 60x60
East Coast Mix.

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Re-Imagining Debussy is 15 one-minute pieces by 15 composers from around the world, writing specifically for Stephen Porter on the theme of Debussy in celebration of his 150th birthday. This
international collection of composers include: Anna Aidinian, Erik Branch,
Remigio Coco, Cindi Hsu,Giuseppe Lupis, Steven Markowitz, Serban Nichifor, James Soe Nyun, D. Peters; P. M. Reilich, Juan Maria Solare, Aurelio Scotto, Jose Jesus de Azevedo Souza, Anne-Marie Turcotte, and Darren Wirth.

American pianist Stephen Porter was named artist-resident of the Cité
Internationale Des Arts in Paris, and invited to give recitals of the music
of Claude Debussy during the composer’s 150th birthday year.  (BOSTON
MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER) "Stephen Porter has a thorough knowledge of and clear affinity for Claude Debussy’s Préludes...masterful"  (BERKSHIRE REVIEW) Praises Porter’s performance of Schubert’s B Flat Sonata,”...the slow movement, broad, grave, and not without its despairing moments, was
especially moving... his sense of timing in the coda was perfect, bringing
the monumental sonata to a close appropriate to its scale, nobility, and
emotional depth...a compelling and moving performance.”

60x60 East Coast Mix is 60 one-minute electronic works by 60 composers
synchronized by an analog clock.  Each work is performed without pause to
total exactly one hour; with the passing of each minute brings a new work by
a living composer.  Coordinated by Bert Van Herck, this concert will present
the world premiere performance of the first 60x60 East Coast Mix.
Containing 60 composers who work on the Eastern Seaboard, the 60x60 East Coast Mix was created in celebration of the 60x60’s 10th year.  60x60’s various incarnations have received critical acclaim:
“...60 new pieces of music, each lasting no more than 60 seconds - is quite
mad. But it's this kind of madness that makes the cultural world go round…” - New York Times

"60 short pieces uninterrupted, for an hour total of some very weird and
wonderful music"- Fresno Beehive

"sure to delight; or at least some of the pieces will tickle your fancy" -
Classical Voice of North Carolina

Composers selected for the 60x60 East Coast Mix  include: N. B. Aldrich,
David N. Berlin, James Bohn, Michael Boyd, Julius Bucsis, Anne Elyse Burson, David Charles Calabrese, Joel Chadabe, Alison Conard, Christopher Cook, Mike Crooker, David Crowe, Douglas DaSilva, Thomas Dempster, Robert Dick, David Z Durant, Louise Fristensky, Josh Goldman, Melissa Grey, Joshua Groffman, Nathan Halverson, Jaclyn Heyen, TJ Hospodar, Charles Jowett, C.R. Kasprzyk, Benjamin Klein, Joan La Barbara, Michael Bartholomew Laurello, HyeKyung Lee, Elainie Lillios, John Link, Matt Marble, Alex Edward Marse, Charles Norman, Mason, Zack Merritt, Daniel Morel, David Morneau, Tim Mukherjee, Casey Mullen, Kala Pierson, Derek Piotr, Nora Ponte, Tim R Risher, James Ross, Edward G Ruchalski, Judith Shatin, Andrew Smith, Jerod Sommerfeldt, Laurie Spiegel, Eli Stine, Mike Swinchoski, Hans Tammen, Peter Elyakim Taussig, Jeremy Van Buskirk, Bert Van Herck, Robert Voisey, Andrew Walters, Jane Wang, Rodney Waschka, and John S Wiggins.

Balancing the evening with longer works Composer’s Voice will present the
chamber works of Jason Huffman, John Harbison, Marti Epstein, and Chris

John Harbison's music is distinguished by its exceptional resourcefulness
and expressive range. He is considered to be "original, varied, and
absorbing — relatively easy for audiences to grasp and yet formal and
complex enough to hold our interest through repeated hearings — his style
boasts both lucidity and logic" (Fanfare).

Having been hailed as “engaging,” “dramatic,” “epic,” and occasionally
“truly odd,” Christopher Coughlin’s music is best characterized by an
extreme attentiveness to melodic contour and emotional depth.

Composer's Voice Concert Series is an opportunity for contemporary composers to express their musical aesthetic and personal "voice" created in their compositions. Started in 2001, the “Composer’s Voice” concert series is presenting its 100th of concert scheduled in NYC for 2013.
Composer’s Voice presents its first Boston, Massachusetts concert 8:00PM Friday, March 1, 2013. Information on the Composer's Voice can be found at the following


Composer’s Voice concert
Friday, March 1st, 2013 8:00PM
Common Room in Lehman Hall (Dudley House) Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138 $10 Suggested Donation

For more information, contact:

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here's the audio from my live show in Cleveland last Sunday, drawing on a lifetime of field recordings.

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MOCA Cleveland issued a call for musicians located in Northeast Ohio (and beyond) to participate in a Musicircus in their new building, scheduled for Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 1 - 4 pm. This event celebrates MOCA Cleveland’s move to University Circle as well as the centenary of composer John Cage’s birth (Cage was born on September 5, 1912). The musicians have been chosen, the I Ching has been consulted, and the event takes place this Saturday!

Musicircus is a concept developed by John Cage. According to his original notes for his first musicircus, Cage states “The idea of this composition is nothing more than an invitation to a number of musicians, who perform simultaneously anything or in any way they desire.”

All performers are treated with equal weight and importance. The length of each musician’s or ensemble’s set, along with their order of presentation, is predetermined in advance by utilizing chance procedures from the I Ching.

Performers will be stationed in as many spots in MOCA's new building as possible, to evoke the “simultaneity of unrelated intentions” which Cage sought when he conceived of this framework. Audience members are free to roam and focus their attention on one musician or ensemble at a time, but they won’t be able to escape the tapestry of sounds which permeates a musicircus.
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