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David SOLEY Línea
David Soley was born in Ancon, Panama, in 1962, and moved to Bakersfield, California, in 1979. He began his music studies in Panama with Edwin Cobham and continued them in the United States with Dale Brooks. After three years of service in the U.S. Army (3d Armored Division Band in Frankfurt, Germany, as a saxophonist), he began his formal music studies at California State University, Northridge (B.M. 1987). He completed graduate studies at Stanford University (M.A. & D.M.A. 1989 - 1993) studying composition with Leland Smith and computer music with John Chowning and Chris Chafe. He has studied with Lukas Foss and Oliver Knussen at Tanglewood and with Franco Donatoni at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana. David Soley has been the recipient of various awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1993-94), an ASCAP Grant (1991), the Bearns Prize of Columbia University (1987), two B.M.I. awards (1986 & 1987), and a residency at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program in Woodside, California (April & May 1993). He has received commissions from the New York Youth Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Meet The Composer, Inc., the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, and Earplay. His music has been performed by the New York Youth Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Alea III, the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and the American Composers Orchestra. David Soley is on the Faculty of Stanford University. The title, Línea (Spanish for "line"), reflects the basic idea of the work. A line, first heard in the viola after a very brief "electronic" introduction, is used to derive various "figures", "ornaments", "harmonies" and other "lines" throughout the course of the work. Lânea (1986-87; rev. 1994-95) utilizes a 5-string Zeta Violin/Viola, an E-IV Sampler, a Digital Audio Tape player, a Proteus synthesizer and Max MathewsÍ Radio-Baton. Many thanks to Professor Mathews for his technical support, advice and time. Created by Max Mathews, the Radio Baton is a controller for live computer-music performances. It tracks the motions - in three dimensional space - of the ends of two batons which are held in the hands of a performer. The 3-D trajectories of each baton are used to control the performance. The Baton is a "midi" instrument and is intended to work with other midi devices including synthesizers and computers.