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Alien Robots Unite!

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Adam Silverman

Adam Silverman


General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Adam Silverman Music Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00; (digital) - $80.00


Instrumentation

Piccolo
Flute I-II-III-IV (II doubles Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Bb Soprano Saxophone
Eb Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III-IV (I & II may double Flugelhorn in Bb)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro
  • Hi-hat
  • Hotel Bell
  • Marimba
  • Orchestral Cymbals
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Crash Cymbals (2)
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-toms (low) (2)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Blocks (2)
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Oddly enough, the original creative spark of this piece came from flapping my hand over the lips of my five-month old daughter Zoey while she made rudimentary moans and coos. By having muted trumpets imitate this sound, I was able to create burbling sounds that reminded me of the wonderfully bizarre sounds in robot and alien movies from the 1950s and ’60s. I then set forth to create a fantastical concert piece that used these bleeps and blurps to make a palette of sounds that I had never before explored. Further inspiration for this piece was drawn from a bizarre hodgepodge of sources, including memories from sci-fi soundtracks, sound effects from the old Lost In Space TV series, atonal techniques blended with overtone harmony, 8-bit video game sounds, ring modulators, “color music” pieces by Michael Torke such as Ecstatic Orange and Green Music and the soundtrack to Mars Attacks! by Danny Elfman, the sound of a 2400-baud dial-up modem, and elementary school science filmstrips.

- Program Note by Adam Silverman


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 20 February 2020
  • Shenandoah Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Winchester, Va.) (Timothy J. Robblee, conductor) – 9 November 2019
  • University of Central Florida (Orlando) Symphonic Band - 8 October 2017
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) - 7 December 2015
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Orchestra (Richard Clary, conductor) - 20 November 2015
  • The University of South Carolina (Columbia) Symphonic Winds (Jayme Taylor, conductor) - 14 February 2015


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