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Alternative Voices

This month we feature works by the late British composer, Steve Martland, and the young French composer, Camille Pépin.  The pieces are similar in that they both eschew melody, being based instead on motifs, but otherwise they are very different. I think both are very exciting and compelling additions to the repertoire.

Future editions will feature posts on other composers, performers and pieces from around the world as well as teachers and producers.

I aim to include opinion pieces on the new music scene generally as well as technical posts on music software and aspects of music production.

I would be very interested to receive feedback on these posts via ‘Leave a Reply’ or via my contact page. The same applies if you would like to tell me about your music.

Dramatically lit portrait of Camille Pépin by photographer Capucine de Chocqueuse

Aux Confins de l’orage by Camille Pépin

Camille Pépin is a 31 year old French Composer. She has composed many orchestral pieces, concertos and chamber works as well as numerous pieces for smaller combinations of instruments.

The piece about which I write here (the English translation is ‘At the Edge of the Storm’) is an orchestral work written in 2020.

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Black and white portrait of Steve Martland in a shirt and tie

Dance Works for Two Pianos by Steve Martland

The late Steve Martland wrote the first version of Dance Works in 1993 as part of a collaboration with the London Contemporary Dance Theatre. The piece was scored for an amplified ensemble; Martland later wrote a version for two pianos, featuring the interplay of the two instruments acting as two equal forces.

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Head and shoulders portrait of John Schaefer near a window

New Sounds Radio

New Sounds Radio is an online radio station based in New York and supported by New York Public Radio.  It broadcasts 24/7 and, as its name suggests, it promotes new sounds in music.

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Head and shoulders portrait of Angélica Negrón wearing purple science fiction top, turquoise background

‘Marejada’ by Angélica Négron

Angélica Négron is a composer and instrumentalist from Puerto Rico who has become established in the US although her music is little known in the UK – certainly I have never heard it played on UK radio.  That ought to be remedied as I think she is a highly original and talented composer.

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