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David Alan Broome

 
 

 

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Have a listen to some of my recent sonic endeavors

david writes music for instruments:

Hunk o’ Chunk (2015) is a piece that is modeled after the character Sloth from the 1985 movie classic, The Goonies. It moves cinematically through different textures of brutality to reveal the sweeter side of its brutal nature. Compositionally, it is a meticulously edited improvisation originally recorded on a midi keyboard with a click track. “Wrong” notes are accentuated, harmonies are re-realized through orchestral reinforcement, sections are repeated and embellished, and rhythms are scrupulously quantized to create the final work.

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Recorded by Ensemble Pamplemousse in 2015.

Hmm, Ha (2013) is centered around my own nonsensical utterings.  These wordless exclamations were recorded and sampled.  The instruments play along and reinforce a musical world based on the pitch and timber of the vocal sounds.

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Recorded by Ensemble Pamplemousse and Ensemble Adapter in 2013

Drink (2014) is a piece for keyboard sampler that uses various jingles from Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper.

Mr. Tupperware's Excellent Adventure (2007) is an early piece for Ensemble Pamplemousse's Seedlot Project. The text was also written by David Alan Broome.

David makes electronic sounds:

To New Era is a track from Corky Has a Band's album: The Playground - Season Deuce (available at CDBaby.) The lyrics are a collection of palindromes and the track itself is performed in reverse after the void in the middle.

Synth Madness is an improvisation for keyboard with each individual note reassigned to a different sound than was originally intended.

All of the musical content from "I" was derived from an audio recording of the word "I."

 

David Plays the Piano:

The final movement from Arnold Schoenberg's pivotal work for solo piano as performed by David Alan Broome.

block.pno was written for David Alan Broome by Andrew Greenwald for the Blocks series (2008) by Ensemble Pamplemousse.

One of my favorite keyboard works by J.S. Bach

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David Alan Broome

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An imaginative and versatile pianist/composer, David Broome has a playful taste for all genres of music. As a creator of original works, David produces musical worlds that investigate sound and the act of performing with humor and wide-eyed curiosity. As a widely sought after interpreter of new music, David is dedicated to presenting music that is quirky and original. He takes pleasure in finding familiar moments within the unfamiliar. Like seeing faces in clouds, he accords relationships to the abstract that are unintended and cogent.

His performances have been appreciated in America, Australia, Russia and across Europe. He has been described in the New York Times as a “deft and focused performer,” as well as an artist who composes “juicily atmospheric music.” Time-Out NY has commented on his “human-paced repose” and The AU Review described him as being “soaked with unbelievable talent.”

As a New York-based performer, David has presented a wide variety of genre-bending, unclassifiable music at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, The 92nd St. Y, The Whitney Museum, The Stone, Roulette, and Issue Project Room, among others. He also frequently collaborates with dancers (Limon Dance Co., Maura Donohue, Jen Abrams), theater artists (Story Pirates, TACT, John Jesurun), and comedians (the PIT, Magnet Theater, UCB) in performance.

David has recorded works by Corky Has a Band,  J.G. Thirlwell (Tzadik), John Supko (New Amsterdam Records), Elizabeth Brown, and the members of Ensemble Pamplemousse (New Carrier.) Mister Broome has also lectured on composition and music notation at the Art Institute of Chicago, Hartwick College and Southern Wesleyan University.

David’s compositions have been presented by the MATA Festival, HI-Fi New Music, Red Light New Music, and the 92nd St. Y’s Fridays @ Noon. He has also received support from the Argosy Foundation, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, NYSCA, the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Conner Foundation, and Meet the Composer. He has participated in artist residencies at the Banff Center, the Seedlot Project, and the Rensing Center. David holds a Master’s of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor’s of Music from Towson University where he studied with pianists – Phillip Kawin, Anthony de Mare and Reynaldo Reyes.

 

 

News & Updates

 

ALBUM RELEASE SHOW!!!

A few months back, I came out with an album of songs called Misinterpretations and Exxaggerrattions… well now I will be performing them live at the Cornelia Street Cafe in NYC.

The songs are all about the important things in life, like ladies with bags and the eating habits of ducks. I spent about 5 years making the album, so come see what I’ve been up in my secret den of a recording studio.

ALSO, my birthday is 2 days after this show, so I’ll just combine the two events. Come hear some music at the early show (6pm) and then hang out for a bit after and we’ll all have a grand old time.

Check out what the music sounds like if you like (link below) —— OR (even better) buy the album, listen to it over and over again, learn the songs, and come sing along with me!


View the brand new video of David Bird's Commercial Vignette, which was premiered at the Qubit concert - Noise_Organ - on October 14th, 2014 at St. Peter's Church in NYC. It's a fantastic mixture of weird and humor - and I had a great time performing it. Watch...

Composed by David Bird, Performed by Dave Broome, October 14th, 2014, at QUBIT's New Music for Organ and Electronics concert at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City. The Universal Product Code (UPC) is a barcode symbology (i.e., a specific type of barcode) that is widely used in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and other countries for tracking trade items in stores. Its most common form, the UPC-A, consists of 12 numerical digits, which are assigned specifically to each trade item. Each of the 12 numerical digits contain, and reference, a specific 7-digit binary code. I use these 7-digit codes to construct a unique rhythm and pitch class for each of the 12 readable numbers listed on a barcode. To construct a harmonic framework which matches the vertical spectrum of the barcode, I’ve transposed each pitch class by fifths (every 7 semitones). Using this approach I am able to read a bar code vertically (90 degrees) as a linear harmonic spectrum while articulating this spectrum in a rhythmic fashion dictated by the horizontal display of the same code. Like barcodes, musical notation is a form of digital symbology. Commercial Vignette aims to highlight the disparity between different forms of digital representation. In this case: the product the barcode aims to represent, the barcode itself, the musical notation used to articulate features of the barcode, and the eventual sonic result. Commercial Vignette was born out of a perverse interest in sensationalizing the arbitrariness of consumer commodities by mapping their representatives onto dramatic musical forms.

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Misinterpretations and Exxaggerrattions

by David Alan Broome

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©2015 Brave Doom Music - Released 1/1/15

Misinterpretations and Exxaggerrattions is the first solo album by pianist/composer David Alan Broome. It explores the concept that we humans constantly misunderstand and misinterpret each other, often on purpose so that the subject can carry on with its own narrative - placing each individuals’ desire above the interests of others. It is an album about selfishness and narcissism.

Musically, David navigates across a vast field of musical styles. Jumping from IDM to blues, or hip-hop to classical - the attention span of Misinterpretations and Exxaggerrattions is very fitting for our current push-button culture, where a person can learn how to yo-yo or yoga with the click of a button.

Misinterpretations and Exxaggerrattions was completed over a five year period. Every song was recorded in David’s home, which bounced around NYC year to year. This album began in the Bronx, moved to Brooklyn, and ended in Manhattan. 

All of the instruments on the album were performed by David Alan Broome, with the exception of the guitar (David Houston) on If I Could and the rapping (Gary Dux) on Bill and Susie.

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