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
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.