Dream Machine

From Wind Repertory Project
Katherine Bergman

Katherine Bergman

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 7:05
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $130.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


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

  • Crystal Glasses (2)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Tom-Tom (2)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The meaning behind Dream Machine is two-fold. In one sense, the title suggests the brain is a “dream machine,” generating odd, otherworldly landscapes when neural activity reaches a certain state. Simultaneously, it refers to a physical art piece designed by artist Brion Gysin called the “Dreamachine.” The Dreamachine is a phonograph-driven stroboscope described as "the first art object to be seen with the eyes closed" and is intended to affect the viewer's brain alpha wave activity. Whether the “machine” is the sculpture, the brain, the music itself, or all of the above is open to interpretation.

This work was commissioned in recognition of Dr. James Patrick Miller's appointment as conductor of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra with sincere gratitude for the support of the Douglas Nimmo Endowment.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Clifton Croomes, conductor) – 4 October 2023
  • Charles River Wind Ensemble (Boston, Mass.) (Matthew Marsit, conductor) - 19 March 2023
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Concert Band (Corey Pompey, conductor) - 18 November 2021
  • Charles River Wind Ensemble (Newton Centre, Mass.) (Matthew M. Marsit, conductor) - 7 November 2020
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band (Carolina Perez, conductor) – 18 February 2020
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Band (Cliff Croomes, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) (James Patrick Miller, conductor) – 18 November 2018
  • Duke University (Durham, N.C.) Wind Symphony (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor) – 15 November 2018
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minnesota) Wind Orchestra (James Patrick Miller, conductor) – 27 February 2016 (CBDNA 2016 North Central Division Conference, Ames, Iowa) *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 262.
  • Perusal score