| Robert McClure

photo by Maureen Eck

Robert McClure's music attempts to discover beauty in unconventional places using non-traditional means. Visual art, poetry, the natural world, and the concept of memory are all elements that influence McClure's works. His work has been featured at festivals and conferences including Electronic Music Midwest, the New York City Electronic Music Festival, New Music Edmonton, the Charlotte New Music Festival, the Mid-American Center for Contemporary Music New Music Festival, Espacio Sonoro, the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, and the International Computer Music Conference.

McClure's music is published by Adjective New Music, Bachovich Music Publications, Innovative Percussion, Media Press, Inc., Resolute Music Publications, and Tapspace Publications as well as on ABLAZE, Albany, and New Focus Records. He is also a member of the ADJective New Music Composer Collective and the host of the Adjective New Music podcast, Lexical Tones.

Robert received his doctorate from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where his primary mentors were Shih-Hui Chen, Arthur Gottschalk, and Kurt Stallmann. Robert has previously held positions at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Soochow University in Suzhou, China. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Composition/Theory at Ohio University.


in excess
in excess explores the vast amounts of waste humans produce on a daily basis. This general observation was magnified during my time living/working in China. Excessive packaging accompanied nearly all products in a vain attempt to elicit a feeling of luxury in the consumer. This plastic packaging served as the primary sound producing material. This work was written in conjunction with the oboe solo, "struggling". The two pieces can be performed simultaneously under the title, "struggling, in excess". Taking cues from the oboe solo, balloons were used to simulate multiphonics; an important sound character for "in excess".
Warning Colors
now our grief is put away
untangle my tongue