Welcome

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2015 by Jacob Feinberg

IMG_0682-300x225For an overview of my music, please explore these pages:

Landform Variations (LFVs)

NPPCs and related pieces

Years of Juvenilia and Surrealism / Miscellaneous Pieces

I’m currently working on 3 pieces:

1) Landform Variations Book 3 Part 2. The last in the LFV series that has dominated my compositional life since 2008.

2) Occam’s Razor 2: Modes (NPPC#6). The last of the NPPC pieces. When complete, I intend to create several realizations of the NPPCs for different acoustic solo instruments and ensembles.

3) Consequences unwound (with switchbacks)/Tricycle. The third of the Consequences series. I’m still experimenting with this; it might not make the cut.

About me

Jacob Feinberg is a Philadelphia-based composer whose interests include modular forms, strangely dissonant microtonal doublings, artificial modes, and improvisation within composition. He studied music at Bard College (BA) and CalArts (MFA) with numerous composers including Stephen “Lucky” Mosko, James Tenney, and Kyle Gann.

News

10.22.15 a3829537167_16I wrote a liner note essay for Nicholas Chase’s amazing new album The Velvet Watt Volume 2: Bhajan featuring Robin Lorentz. http://nfchase.bandcamp.com

Thanks for visiting my rebooted site. Since I’ve pretty much abandoned writing my blog resourcesfornewmusic, I’ve been posting my new pieces here and also reposting old pieces. I’ll be adding explanatory notes on the pieces in the “near” future (someday).

Occam’s Razor 1: Chords (NPPC#5)

Posted in piano, score on August 15, 2015 by Jacob Feinberg

Occam’s Razor 1: Chords (NPPC#5)IMG_0332
for piano (in equal temperament)

Year(s) of composition: 2005-2015

Click here for pdf of score.

A deceptively simple modular piano score.

(updated 11/9/15)

Landform Variations Book 2

Posted in electronic, fixed media, multi-movement piece on April 26, 2015 by Jacob Feinberg

cabin1-225x300Landform Variations Book 2

STOP! Please listen with headphones or full speakers or else you will miss much of the music. 

01 Illusory Bricks (LFV23) MP3 Duration: 2:24

02 Introduction and Cabin for HC (LFV24) MP3 Duration: 20:02

03 Heartbeat/Pornography from Oblivion (LFV25) MP3 Duration: 6:44

04 Reflection through Glass (LFV26) MP3 Duration: 20:28

05 Wastelands or The Bad Place (LFV27-32) MP3 Duration: 33:36

06 In Can(y)ons (LFV27-32 alternate realization) MP3 Duration: 54:36

Total duration: approx 2 hours 19 minutes

Year(s) of composition: 2008-2015

About the Landform Variations (LFVs)

and I love you more…

Posted in score, song, voice on February 28, 2015 by Jacob Feinberg

IMG_0703-150x150and I love you more…

This is a short song (vocal only).

Year(s) of composition: 2010-2014

Click here for pdf of score.

 

 

7-year interim

Posted in score, song, voice on February 27, 2015 by Jacob Feinberg

IMG_0653-150x1507-year interim

This is a short song (vocal only).

Year(s) of composition: 2007-2014

Click here for pdf of score.

Lesser Consequences

Posted in electronic, fixed media on February 26, 2015 by Jacob Feinberg

IMG_0658-150x150Lesser Consequences MP3

Duration: 10:00

Year(s) of composition: 2013

I made Lesser Consequences by spontaneously crushing the 4 hours, 24 minutes and 19 seconds of Consequences of Leaving A Record into a 10-minute audio file.

Review: “If you tell me you composed that, I’m going to throw something at you.” – Briana Feinberg (my wife)

 

Landform Variations Book 3 Part 1

Posted in electronic, fixed media, multi-movement piece on February 24, 2015 by Jacob Feinberg

IMG_0651-e1387601750738-225x300Landform Variations Book 3 Part 1

STOP! Please listen with headphones or full speakers or else you will miss much of the music. 

01 The Living Desert, encroaching (LFV34) MP3 Duration:  22:50

02 Cave below spring-fed lake opening out into Marianas Trench (LFV35) MP3 Duration: 27:47

Total duration: 50:37

Year(s) of composition: 2008-2013

About the Landform Variations (LFVs)

Consequences of Leaving a Record

Posted in Uncategorized on February 21, 2015 by Jacob Feinberg

255930061-1-150x150Consequences of Leaving a Record

MP3 (I suggest downloading because this may be too large a file for uninterrupted streaming.)

Duration: 4 hr 24 min 19 sec

Year(s) of composition: Source Materials 1992-2001, Concept 2009-2012, Realization 2012.

A very long piece (the first in a conceptual series) compiling synthesizer sequences created between 1995 and 2001 (though some were written as far back as 1992).

Scrapbook/Landform Variations Book 1

Posted in electronic, fixed media, multi-movement piece on February 21, 2015 by Jacob Feinberg

1680549056-1-150x150Scrapbook/Landform Variations Book 1

STOP! Please listen with headphones or full speakers or else you will miss much of the music. 

The internal speakers of computers, cell phones, MP3 players (including IPODs) and tablets generally aren’t good enough. As a test, if you do not hear a fairly loud low rumbling note in the first few seconds of the first track, Declaration of War (LFV1), your speakers do not have enough bass frequency response to play all the music in this album. Additional pops, clicks, and distortion may also occur with lower-fidelity playback equipment.

1 Declaration of War (LFV1) MP3 Duration:  6:39

2 Of Knowing Others (Alone) MP3 Duration: 13:16

3 Wormholes: Canonically Flat MP3 Duration: 7:26

4 Pith Of An Inheritance, Inconspicuous And Rare (LFV2) MP3 Duration: 10:56

5 Suite MP3 Duration: 6:46

  1. Scrapbook (0:00)
  2. If You Lived Here, You’d Already Be Home (LFV3) (3:40)
  3. As If We Were Invisible (LFV4) (4:56)
  4. As the Subconscious Is Mythology…(LFV5) (5:34)

6 To Slow The Speed Of Life… (LFV6) MP3 Duration: 5:00

7 Microcosm With Fractal Edging (Study in 10-EDO) MP3 Duration: 5:34

8 The Turn Inside (LFV7-9)/Solemnity Arcs (Study in 11-EDO) MP3 Duration: 5:25

9 Cascade And Cirque (LFV10-16) MP3 Duration: 8:06

10 The Journey That Is Taking Me (LFV17-22) MP3 Duration: 5:00

Total duration: 75 minutes

Years of composition: 2005-2011

About the Landform Variations

About the Scrapbook pieces:

In 2006, I wrote a piece for theremin and violin called Of Knowing Others which was the basis for this solo electronic piece. The original piece was largely constructed to facilitate different kinds of improvisational interplay between the performers so reworking it was an interesting challenge. I chose the title from a quote attributed to Confucius: “I do not fear that others do not know me; rather I fear it is I who does not know others.”

Wormholes: Canonically Flat was composed in 2005 and revised in 2011. The canonic form of the piece is conceptually modeled on a wormhole: a shortcut through the time-space continuum or a way to quickly (or instantly) travel to another place or time. Astro-physicists disagree on whether wormholes exist, whether they could be formed by two connected black holes, and whether anything could survive passing through them.  The piece is “flat” because there are “flattened” elements of stasis in the piece.

Suite is a collage which combines previously unused material generated for For Melinda Rice and Of Knowing Others with LFVs 3, 4, and 5. There are four sections:

  • 1) Scrapbook (0:00)
  • 2) If You Lived Here, You’d Already Be Home (LFV3) (3:40)
  • 3) As If We Were Invisible (LFV4) (4:56)
  • 4) As the Subconscious Is Mythology…(LFV5) (5:34)

Microcosm With Fractal Edging and Solemnity Arcs are studies in which 10- and 11- equally divisions of an octave (EDO) are used instead of the 12-EDO typical in Western music.

2nd Collection of Essences and Ephemera

Posted in Uncategorized on February 21, 2015 by Jacob Feinberg

2nd Collection of Essences and Ephemera

MP3 to follow

Year(s) of composition: 2001-2005, extracted and revised 2009

2nd Collection of Essences and Ephemera: OneiroStation

The Collections of Essences and Ephemera contain both excerpts (essences) of pieces – sometimes just a short melody stated once – as well as complete shorter pieces (ephemera). The 2nd collection features selections from OneiroStation, an opera I worked on during 2001-2005 before abandoning the project. The music presented here was arranged for unaccompanied piano(s) in 2007-2008. The opera went through several arrangements and orchestrations, re-writes of the libretto, and even varying numbers of characters.