Word to the Wise
Music for Vibraphone and Electronics Series
The Music for Vibraphone and Electronics series is a collection of intermediate/advanced level recital pieces for solo 4-mallet vibraphone and audio accompaniment (backing-track). Composer/performer, Dave Crider, describes the style of these works as Theme and Improvisation – classically inspired thematic material alongside jazz-style improvised solos. Influenced by the techniques of modern classical marimba repertoire and the harmonic language of modal jazz, the textures range from lyrical, spacious, and flowing, to angular and densely polyrhythmic. The electronic accompaniment tracks were crafted using virtual emulations and samples of vintage keyboards, programmed through midi sequencers, and manipulated with delay modules. Each meticulously prepared score includes detailed performance notes; cues for the electronics track; optional written melodies for those who don’t improvise, and chord symbols for those who do; and a separate lead-sheet for the improv sections with basic scale suggestions for developing improvisers.