Deus Ex Machina (2019)

From Wind Repertory Project
Randall Standridge

Randall Standridge

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Randall Standridge Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00; (digital) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-VIII, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Brake Drum (high)
  • China Cymbals
  • Cowbells (2: high and low)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Log Drum (opt. 2 Wood Blocks)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tom-Toms (4)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone

Sound FX


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Some people say I suffer from an overactive imagination.

That is not true. I don’t suffer from it at all. I enjoy every minute of it.

I remember being in English class in high school, and learning about classical plays. Mrs. Eggburn (my fantastic 11th grade English teacher) mentioned the “Deus Ex Machina,” or “God of the Machine.” I’m not sure what she said after that because my mind was busy envisioning an ancient god brought into the modern age, with glowing neon eyes, speakers inside his mouth, and pulsing circuits growing out from his body into his temple built of circuit boards. It’s an image that has stayed with me ever since every time I hear that particular term.

This work for concert band combines exotic scales, cinematic scoring, digital effects, and a dub-step feel to create a truly unique experience for the player and audience. Is it pop? Is it symphonic? Does it matter? Music is music and it’s either effective or it’s not.

Deus Ex Machina was commissioned by the Georgia Music Educators District Six for their 9ths-10th grade honor band. They were very kind by allowing me to write something that was far outside the norm, and I will always be grateful.

Peace, Love, and Music.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the GMEA District Six 9-10 Honor Band.

- Program Note from score

Deus ex machina (god from the machine) is a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem in a story is suddenly and abruptly resolved by an unexpected and unlikely occurrence. Its function can be to resolve an otherwise irresolvable plot situation, to surprise the audience, to bring the tale to a happy ending, or act as a comedic device.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

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