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The Machine Awakes (band + electronics)


The Machine Awakes is the sound of something not human (but of humans hands) – something not entirely organic, but most definitely alive – waking up for the first time. From the opening swirling textures, we sense the first hesitant sparks of thought, attempting to find form and coherence. This new machine – sentient, aware – comes fully awake, possessed of emphatic self-determination and unfathomable purpose.

The electronics for this work are triggered from a computer (Macintosh or Windows) via a self-contained program, freely downloadable from this website, or from an iPhone/iPad/Android device, using the apps available on the Apple App Store ($0.99) and Google Play store ($0.99).

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Commissioning Consortium Members:

  • A.L. Stanback Middle School, Hillsborough, NC, J. Michael Capps, Director
  • Asheboro High School, Asheboro, NC, Phil Homiller and Suzanne Benhart, Directors
  • Broken Arrow Bands, Broken Arrow, OK, Darrin Davis, Director
  • Cedar Ridge High School, Hillsborough, NC, Patricia H. Quigley, Director
  • Central Davidson Middle School, Lexington, NC, Rodney K. Workman, Director
  • C.W. Stanford Middle School, Hillsborough, NC, Mary E. May, Director
  • Davis Drive Middle School, Cary, NC, Christopher Forgione, Director
  • Eastern Randolph High School, Ramseur, NC, Josh Cvijanovic, Director
  • Gravelly Hill Middle School, Efland, NC, Arris A. Golden, Director
  • Jay M. Robinson High School, Blair Smith, director
  • Marvin Ridge Middle School, Jennifer Isenhour and Keith James , Directors
  • Mount Tabor High School, Winston Salem, NC, Marc Schaub, Director
  • Newport Middle School, Newport, NC, David Stroud, Director
  • North Carolina School of Science and Math, Durham, NC, Phillip Riggs, Director
  • Orange High School, Hillsborough, NC, Andy Carter, Director
  • Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, Raleigh, NC, Clifton E. Scott, Director
  • Southern Middle School, Aberdeen, NC, Mary Beth Baginski, Director
  • Wakefield High School, Raleigh, NC, Morgan Brockman, Director
  • West Forsyth High School, Winston Salem, NC, Jim Kirkpatrick and Phil Spencer, Directors
  • Ball State University, Thomas Caneva and Shawn Vondran, Directors

Genres:   ElectroacousticEnergetic

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Electronic accompaniment for use in performance is available here:
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Distributor: Hal Leonard


General Info

Year(s) composed: 2013

Duration: 05:00

Commissioned by: A consortium of high schools and middle schools organized by Arris Golden


10 May 2012, Cedar Ridge High School, Hillsboro, NC РArris Golden, conductor

Technical Info

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Flute 1
Flute 2
Oboe (optional)
Bassoon (optional)
Clar 1
Clar 2
Clar 3
Alto Clarinet (optional)
Bass Clarinet (optional)
Alto Sax 1
Alto Sax 2
Tenor Sax
Bari Sax (optional)

Trumpet 1
Trumpet 2
Horn 1
Horn 2
Trombone 1
Trombone 2
Baritone 1
Baritone 2 (optional)

Timpani (optional)
Suspended Cymbal
Bass Drum
Marimba (optional)
Vibraphone (optional)
Tam-tam (optional)

Difficulty: Grade 2 (optional grade 3 parts)