Category: Features

Alarm Will Sound’s Staged Realization of Edgard Varèse’s “Intégrales”

Nigel Maister, Alarm Will Sound’s theatrical director, laid out some details for the performers. Below are Nigel’s words to which we’ve added audio excerpts. As when we first performed this piece, the staging of the Varese and its structure, have been conceived as a narrative of a battle, one in which the directionality of the […]

February 13, 2014

Living Toys at the Metropolitan Museum

When I learned that we were to perform Living Toys at the Metropolitan Museum, I was excited because I could immediately see connections between the visual nature of Thomas Adès’s masterpiece and the Met’s holdings. I went on a hunt to put together images that I think work well with the story behind the music. “When the […]

October 7, 2013

Pitch Patterns in Steve Reich’s “Clapping Music”

Alarm Will Sound will perform Steve Reich’s Clapping Music on the 16th at Stanford. (If you don’t know the piece, see here.) It will be a full ensemble performance of the piece with Steve Reich, the man himself, clapping along. Steve has never done the piece in such a way before, and quite possibly it’s the first time […]