I haven’t been here in a while, but I’ve been keeping myself busy. In the past year, I’ve been putting together a lot of soundtracks that make use of field recordings–musique concrete, in essence. Music is everywhere, really, in everything from machines to the melody of the speaking voice, and even in the creaks and groans of equipment that isn’t working properly. My goal is to bring it out of the texture of everyday noise and synthesize it into something cohesive.
Here is my first effort in this genre. The material was collected from a series of protests held in Philadelphia during the 2016 Democratic National Convention. It not only makes use of human speech, but also a recorded heartbeat, and a Gregorian chant. This will be the first track of the album I’m currently finishing up.
Slowly but surely I’ve begun adding recordings of my compositions on soundcloud. You can find me here.
Also, follow me on Twitter @Stentorphone.
If you would like to commission me to write a piece, please contact me at hocket [at] gmail.com. We can discuss details and negotiate a fee depending on the circumstances. I’m adventurous in terms of genre, so please don’t be afraid to throw your wildest ideas at me!
To order, contact me at hocket [at] gmail.com with the number of copies you intend to print, and I’ll send you the .pdf and payment information.
Here’s a youtube clip:
Ego sum Pastor bonus
SATB choir (some bass divisi)
$2 per copy
Soprano: d’ — high A-flat
Alto: Tenor A-flat — E-flat”
Tenor: Tenor f — g’
Bass: Low E-flat — E-flat’
To order, please email me at hocket [at] gmail.com, with the number of copies you’d like to print. I’ll send an invoice and payment info along with the .pdf.
Veni Sancte Spiritus
For two-voice choir, one part high voice, the other lower voice. With organ accompaniment.
$2 per copy
Modeled largely on Gregorian chant and somewhat minimalist in character, this piece calls for two voice parts, the top one being higher voices, the bottom one being lower voices. But these are flexible, and parts can be assigned at the director’s discretion. For instance, some parts in the high voice part might best be left for the better high voice section of a given choir, whether it’s the sopranos or the tenors. At the same time, large portions of this piece are in unison.
Veni Sancte Spiritus is the Sequence for Pentecost Sunday, though it can be employed at various liturgical events throughout the year.
To order, email me at hocket [at] gmail.com. Tell me how many copies you’d like to print out. I’ll send you an invoice, along with how you can get payment to me.
Here are some samples:
$2 per copy
Soprano range: middle c–f”
Alto range: small A–B flat’
Tenor: small f–g’
Bass: Low F–d’
Though there are a fair number of time changes in this piece, it is within the grasp of a choir of intermediate level. The bass section goes to a D above middle C in the soli at the end, which is probably among the more challenging sections.
To order this, please write me at hocket [at] gmail.com, with the number of copies you’d like to print out. I’ll send you the .pdf file, along with information on how to pay me. Here are some samples: