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Young American Inventions

Steven Ricks

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1.1
Ten Short Musical Thoughts
Steven Ricks; Steven Ricks
5:07
1.2
Young American Inventions
Steven Ricks; Scott Holden; Steven Ricks
9:32
Extended Play  
1.3
Extrapolation Prelude
Steven Ricks; Flexible Music Ensemble
2:07
1.4
Borrowed Wings (mea culpa)
Steven Ricks; Flexible Music Ensemble
6:09
1.5
Floating, Just Above Tomorrow
Steven Ricks; Flexible Music Ensemble
7:08
1.6
What follow is not a song, but …
Steven Ricks; Flexible Music Ensemble
1:56
1.7
Ossifying (Keeping us from …)
Steven Ricks; Steven Ricks
2:59
1.8
Geometria Situs
Steven Ricks; Michaela Riener; Hexnut
8:42
1.9
Sounded along dove dove
Steven Ricks; Steven Ricks
2:37
Waves/Particles  
1.10
Micro-Orbital
Steven Ricks; Canyonlands New Music Ensemble
2:29
1.11
Interlude
Steven Ricks; Canyonlands New Music Ensemble
0:28
1.12
Wrecked Angles
Steven Ricks; Canyonlands New Music Ensemble
7:01
1.13
Young American Inventions (remix)
Steven Ricks; Scott Holden; Steven Ricks
3:23
1.14
Stilling
Steven Ricks; Keith Kirchoff
5:22
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    65:00
Innovative American contemporary composer Steven L. Ricks musically waxes philosophic on the detritus of American sonic culture on Young American Inventions. Ricks combines several strains of the American compositional tradition, an awareness of found objects and found sounds, an academic modernist's approach to pitch and rhythm and a minimalist's penchant for repetition with variation. The album begins with an automated voice greeting: "Hello, pay close attention, everything is ready, so lets begin." That quirky opening invites listeners into the composer's conflicted relationship with technological affect, cliché and populism, underscoring questions about our culture's relationship to musical sound.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – New Focus Recordings Studio Masters

Young American Inventions Recording location: Madsen Recital Hall, Brigham Young University Date: April 26, 2007 Producer: Steven Ricks Engineer: Jon Holloman Extended Play Recording location: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City Date: February 24, 2009 Producer: Judith Sherman Engineer: Judith Sherman Engineering and editing assistant: Jeanne Velonis Geometria Situs Recording Location: de Jong Concert Hall, Brigham Young University Date: September 25, 2013 Producer: Steven Ricks Engineer: Micha de Kanter Waves/Particles Recording Location: de Jong Concert Hall, Brigham Young University Date: May 8, 2008 Producer: Steven Ricks Engineer: Carlton Vickers Stilling Recording Location: de Jong Concert Hall, Brigham Young University Date: July 26, 2011 Producer: Steven Ricks Engineer: Jon Holloman All tracks mastered by Troy Sales at BYU. Graphic design and photoillustration: Tom Turley, t-squared graphic design Photography: Tom Turley, Steven Ricks and Brian Christensen Sculpture on page two: Brian Christensen

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