Webster Cycles (2008)

by Steve Peters



Released as a CD-EP and digital download by Cold Blue Music (CB0026) – www.coldbluemusic.com
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This piece was originally composed in 1980-81 in Olympia, Washington. It uses a "found score" consisting of all the words in an old Webster's Dictionary that contain only the letters A, B, C, D, E, F, and G, plus a page of instructions. The score gives performers a great deal of freedom to improvise, and the instructions have been modified over the years in response to issues that have arisen in performance.

This is probably my most performed work, in terms of being played by people who don't know me. It was first performed by friends in Olympia who played recorders, and other ensembles have since attempted it with varying degrees of success – some quite good, some dreadful.

This realization for six trombones is affectionately dedicated to my dear friend, trombonist Stuart Dempster. I had originally made it with Stuart in mind, but at the time I didn't know him. I finally got my friend Dino to record this multi-track version, which I consider to be the definitive version so far. I was lucky to get Dino when I did; soon after this session he gave up the trombone entirely for electronics.


released April 8, 2008

JA Deane: trombones

Recorded & mixed by Steven M. Miller at the Contemporary Music Program, College of Santa Fe, 1998

Mastered by Scott Fraser, Architecture, Los Angeles, CA

Produced by Steve Peters & Jim Fox

Cover design by Jim Fox

Cover photography by Wade Lageose




Steve Peters Seattle, Washington

I make music and sound using field recordings, acoustic instruments, found/natural objects, electronics, and voices. Much of this work is site-specific or place oriented. Thank you for listening.


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