Inspired by the series of images entitled "BEC emerging,” my work, The Center Holds (2013), explores the subtle changes of shape and color through the superimposition of thick, slow-moving, granulated sound textures, and focuses on timbral counterpoint and the continual expansion and contraction of the overtones series. The work uses a single four-note quintal chord as its primary source material.Originally performed on a toy saxophone by the composer and recorded using ProTools, the sonority was retuned, and then granulated and re-recorded using MacPod granular synthesis software.By varying the size of the aural grains and the rate and direction at which the soundfilewas read in real time, the resulting textures were layered in such a way so that each sustained note would sound as if it emitted its own interior, yet erratic rhythmic dialogue.
About the composer:
Dr. William Price, B.M.E. – University of North Alabama, M.M. and D.M.A – Louisiana State University, is Assistant Professor of Music. He teaches courses in music theory, aural skills, and serves as Coordinator of Composition for the Alabama Music Teachers Association.
His music has been performed in Europe, South America, Asia, and throughout the United States. His works have been featured prominently at such venues and events as the International Clarinet Association International Conference, the World Saxophone Congress, the National SEAMUS Conference, the National Society of Composers Conference, the Music Teachers National Association Conference, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Chamber Music Festival in Singapore, the NoiseFloor Festival in Stafford, England, the Florida State University Festival of New Music, the Bowling Green State University New Music and Art Festival, the Midwest Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference, the Nebraska American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Conference, and the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival.
Price’s music has received awards and commissions from numerous organizations, including ASCAP, the Percussive Arts Society, NACUSA, and the Southeastern Composers League, and in 2008 he was named the Music Teachers National Association Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year.
As a theorist, Dr. Price has presented guest lectures and papers at several national and international conferences, including the 2010 Beyond the Centres Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece, the 2011 Society of American Music and International Association for the Study of Popular Music National Conference, and the 2011 College Music Society International Conference in Seoul. His research interests include Postmodern American music, temporal and textual dissonance, and the music of Frank Zappa and John Zorn.
Prior to joining the faculty at UAB, Price taught composition and electro-acoustic music at Louisiana State University. From 2001-2004, he served as a member of the National Board of Directors for the National Association of Composers, USA (NACUSA) and as president of the Mid-South Chapter of NACUSA, and from 2008-2010 served as president of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance.