We were casting around for some holiday entertainment and thought we might do something to jazz up those handmaidens of modern life, the mobile phone. So jingly, so jangly, and so bereft of real art music which was meant to repeat!
For those of you who have downloadable-ringtone phones, this might be your answer. We've written Christopher Hobbs' hit tune Aran in RTTTL code. This piece can be properly heard on EMC102: Promenade Theatre Orchestra: Live at the Orangery, and in a slightly different version, on Ensemble Pieces (Obscure Records). It uses a found system, a knitting pattern for an Aran sweater, to determine the note-to-note procedure, and yes, it repeats. The RTTTL code can be converted using converter software or downloaded onto your phone by your mobile phone service provider.
To get your ringtone (and sign up to the EMC Bulletin, if you haven't already), just send us an email at questions**experimentalmusic.co.uk (for **, substitute @), saying "I want my free Aran ringtone!!!" Be the first person on your train to have this ringtone. Don't answer it - let it ring and let everyone share in the joy!
Also, if you've got an Aran ringtone, tell us about it and where you use it. If it's cool, we'll put it on this site!
Experimental music in Britain has been enriched by the talents of clarinet players like Ian Mitchell and Roger Heaton, providing a rich and varied repertoire for the instrument. A good example of this work is Christopher Hobbs' piece Why Not?, which he wrote for Ian Mitchell.
Ian was touring schools throughout Britain and asked if Chris could write him a piece which would show what the bass clarinet could do. Chris said, 'Why Not?'
'Why Not?' is a short characteristic piece for bass clarinet. Ian says that this piece would be suitable for auditions and other situations in which the player may like to show off his or her technique and range. This piece could also be worked up for a university recital or as a fun encore piece. If you would like to hear what 'Why Not?' sounds like, it is available on Black Box Records. Ian is offering a special deal on this recording if you purchase from him directly: see the edge of the world..
You can receive a free copy of the score to 'Why Not?' simply by asking us at questions**experimentalmusic.co.uk (for **, substitute @). This copy will be sent to you within a few days and you can print it out for playing. Because it is in pdf, this copy isn't as 'clean' as other EMC publications, but it is readable! All we ask is that you send us word if you play 'Why Not?' as we'd really like to know what happens to it!!!
From time to time, about 3 or 4 times a year, we send out a bulletin, telling of our releases, new publications, articles and so on to interested people. If you'd like to get the EMC Bulletin by email, tell us at questions**experimentalmusic.co.uk (for **, substitute @) and we'll put you on the list.