Orion Constellation Theory v.1 & 2

2014

 Orion Constellation Theory is a virtuoso work for snare drum and electronics, or for 2 acoustic snare drums. The work unfolds as a series of phrases and variations using Morse code interpretations of the letters O,R,I,O,N. In both versions, the 1st snare  part is identical. In the electroacoustic version, the sounds feature exuberant player-pianos, percussion sounds, insects and animals, and other electroacoustic elements. In the acoustic version, the 2nd snare drum plays a rhythmic interpretation of the electroacoustics, resulting in a snare duo of strikingly distinct character. This piece was written for and dedicated to Canadian percussionist Ryan Scott.

Orion the Hunter appears in the winter sky, with his bow and his hunting dogs, Canis Major and Canis Minor, trailing behind him. Greek mythology tells us that Orion was known as a talented hunter. His boast that he could rid the earth of all the wild animals, however, angered the Earth goddess, Gaia.

From: http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/news/archive/2006/01/ill-01.php

The Orion correlation theory (or Giza–Orion correlation theory) is a hypothesis in pyramidology. Its central claim is that there is a correlation between the location of the three largest pyramids of the Giza pyramid complex and the three middle stars of the constellation Orion, and that this correlation was intended as such by the builders of the pyramids. The stars of Orion were associated with Osiris, the god of rebirth and afterlife, by the ancient Egyptians.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_correlation_theory

 


Andrew Staniland CA

Described as a "new music visionary" (National Arts Centre),
composer Andrew Staniland has established himself as one of Canada's
most important and innovative musical voices. His music is performed
and broadcast internationally and has been described by Alex Ross in
the New Yorker Magazine as "alternately beautiful and terrifying".
Among other accolades, Andrew is the recipient of two Juno
nominations for Dark Star Requiem in 2017, was awarded the Terra Nova
Young Innovators Award in 2016, was the National Grand Prize winner of
EVOLUTION (presented in 2009 by CBC Radio 2/Espace Musique and The
Banff Centre), and was the recipient of the Karen Keiser Prize in
Canadian Music in 2004. As a leading composer of his generation,
Andrew has been recognized by election to the Inaugural Cohort of the
College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists Royal Society of
Canada.
Andrew was an Affiliate Composer to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
(2006-09) and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (2002–04), and has
also been in residence at the Centre du Creation Musicale Iannis
Xenakis (Paris, 2005).  Recent commissioners include the National Arts
Centre Orchestra, the Brooklyn Art Song Society, cellist Frances-Marie
Uitti, and Les Percussions de Strasbourg. Andrew also performs as a
guitarist and with new media (computers and electronics). Andrew is
currently on faculty at Memorial University in St John's
Newfoundland, where he founded MEARL (Memorial ElectroAcoustic
Research Lab). At MEARL, Andrew leads a cross-disciplinary research
team that has produced the innovative Mune digital instrument:

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Andrew Staniland