photo by Richard Johnson (www.composerjohnson.com)

Scott Blasco is a composer from eastern Washington, where he teaches composition, theory, and electronic music at Washington State University. Scott earned a doctorate in music composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a master's in theology and the arts at Fuller Theological Seminary. A composer of both electronic and acoustic music, he uses his work to explore interests in liturgy and theology, time and repetition, and simplicity and limited aleatory. Beyond music, Scott enjoys home brewing, a good Old Fashioned, building things, and attempting to converse with his wife while negotiating the carpet of Legos laid by his two young children. He has one of those website things at http://scottblasco.com, with scores and recordings and whatnot.

Compositions

The Deeps



THE DEEPS (2017) articulates a single gesture divided into three contrasting sections, drawn from a recorded sample of boiling water. Though the source material is never completely obscured, it is filtered and altered in order to bring into super-real relief its contrasts and textural drama, evoking more profound imagery than its rather mundane beginnings might suggest. This recording is a stereo mix of the 8-channel version.


One Day as a Thousand Years, Part 1: Advent–Nativity–Epiphany


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ONE DAY AS A THOUSAND YEARS is a work for piano and electronics, cast in two large sections following the Christian liturgical calendar. The church year is cast in two broad arches, centered on the two pivotal mysteries of the Incarnation and the Resurrection. The first flows from Advent through the Nativity to Epiphany, the second from Lent through Holy Week and Easter to Pentecost. Beyond their particular Christological import, what unites them is a shared structure: a period of waiting, followed by a crisis point of Divine action, and finally an expansion into the world. In the Incarnation, the "local" Divine event of Christ's Nativity takes on universal significance in the celebration of Epiphany, which proclaims his birth as not only for the salvation of Israel, but for all the world. Likewise the Resurrection, which finds its universalized expansion in Pentecost, the descent of the Spirit on a small band of followers who then carry it out into the world. The symmetry and union of these two spans is deepened by their focus on birth: the birth of God as a human being in the Nativity, and the resurrected Christ as "first born of the dead" –– the former as the Divine becomes man, the latter as the way is opened for man to become Divine. This recording is from the premiere of Part 1, performed by R. Andrew Lee at Washington State University. November 13, 2017. Ordinary Time II 0:00-2:16 Advent 2:16-7:28 Nativity 7:28-12:42 Epiphany 12:42-16:07 Ordinary Time I 16:07-19:07