envelope of modern classical music, Sean Varah composes purely instrumental
works, as well as ones that combine technology with orchestral instruments. In
many of his compositions, he uses computers to produce abstract sound mosaics
behind live players. To accomplish this, he combines 1960's analog tape
technique, modern synthesizer technology, and live classical musicians to create
sounds in much the same way an abstract painter creates images on a
Also see his list of works.
B O R D E R
L I N E, for cello and tape.
Where the cello meets the electronic
world and wins. The line between human and machine. A stunning live performance
by Canadian cellist, Shauna Rolston. Sample 1 | Sample 2
Written with young players in mind, the inspiration for Burning
came from the image of a burning fire. It received its Carnegie Hall premiere
December 13, 1993. Sample
Fun, not scary, like that electronic music I write. Performed by
the students of John Whitfield at the Bowdin summer music festival. Sample
Aria, for cello
A cellist sits between two speakers and fights to transform its
world from harsh electronic sounds back to lyrical lines. John Whitfield, cello.
Sound Piece from 1993, composed of sounds of Manhattan. Full Recording