Joe Frawley's sound collage works are intended to blur the boundary between music and sound art. Using found sounds, field recordings, recontextualized speech, and samples from classical music (e.g., Ravel's Introduction and Allegro, and Peter Warlock's The Curlew) the composer has created accessible sound compositions bearing a hypnotic dreamlike quality. Musical episodes merge with bells, birds, wind, and other ambient sounds as ghostly voices rise, fade, and recur according to their own dream logic. Wilhelminaâ€™s Dream : Electronic & Acoustic Works combines these experimental electronic pieces with instrumental compositions to create a luminous atlas of interior landscapes. A sound world by turns lulling, enchanting, eerie, and melcancholy; where ultimately beauty reigns supreme, and even despair wears a halo of radiance.
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experimental, garage classical, sound collage, sound art, ambient, trance, beatless, hypnotic, dreamscapes, dreams, dreamy, surreal, subconscious, subliminal, contemporary classical, postclassical, post-classical
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Joe Frawley is a Connecticut composer and visual artist, born July 4, 1971. His musical experience is an eclectic patchwork of pop radio, neighborhood piano lessons, garage rock bands, state university curriculum, broad improvisations in empty churches, public library listening rooms, and out-of-print composition treatises. He believes that one man's earnest pursuit of intelligent art may offer an antidote to the ravages of a disposable culture.
French net label picomedia.org calls Joe Frawley's sound collage works "Beautiful, evocative, and mysterious... Seems like being charmed by an old memories record player. A delicate journey of field recordings and ghostly voices."
Major works: Gloria Nova for Mixed Choir and Piano, Six Pieces for Piano Solo, Regret & Resolution for Flute and Piano, and Sound Collages Nos. 1-5 (electronic)
Previous audio release: Sound Collages Nos. 1-4 on picomedia.org (net label)
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2. Invocation of Pan
3. Wilhelmina's Dream (1914)
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