Faculty Advisor

Hutchinson, Robert

Area of Study

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Publication Date

Summer 2011


This project focused on the technique of integrating aspects of modern electronic DJ music into the traditional, acoustic-instrument dominated symphony orchestra. In particular, it looked at the work of the current composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mason Bates. The resulting technical and stylistic discoveries were then integrated, by myself, into an original composition using this fusion of old and new: a Concerto for Baritone Saxophone, Orchestra, and DJ. It should be noted, however, that I omitted the actual use of turntables from the DJ setup, instead focusing more on DJs use of sampling and recalling audio files in real time. For this piece, that capacity is achieved by use of the Maschine controller from Native Instruments, as well as Ableton Live 8 software.


University of Puget Sound

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Composition Commons