New Kid on the Mountain Eldad Tsabary

“An Irish traditional dance tune” is most likely never the response for the word “trombone” in word-association psychoanalytic tests. Neither is it the responded association for “electronic music”. The combination of all three elements trombone, Irish dance music, and electronic accompaniment however, is not intended to create psychological abnormalities in the mind of the listener or of the courageous trombonist who chooses to perform this technically challenging piece. Besides its humorous aspect, the goal in composing “New Kid on the Mountain” was to successfully produce a hybrid of these three unrelated elements, thus requiring a special sensitivity from the composer and the performer while producing a unique sound. Despite the seriousness of the challenge, however, the listener should not regard this piece with an intellectual ear, but with a rather cheerful and playful manner appropriate for a dance tune.

Source: 2003

  • Year of composition: 2000
  • Hardware used: Electronic Realization: 1. PC w/ AMD Thunderbird 1.2 GHz CPU, 512MB DDR
    2. Creative SB Live Platinum sound and midi card
    3. Roland A37 Midi Keyboard
    Trombone recording: 4. Apple Macintosh Computer.
    5. M-Audio Delta 410
    6. Mackie 1402VLZ analog mixer
    7. AKG C2000B/H100 condenser microphone
    8. Digidesign digi001 Sound Card
  • Software used: Electronic Realization: 1. Sonic Foundry Sound Forge 4.5e
    2. Sonic Foundry Vegas V2.0
    3. Seer Systems Reality Synthesizer V1.5
    4. Fruity Loops V2.11
    5. Waves Native Power Pack v2.5
    6. Event Electronics DSP-FX v6
    Trombone recording: 7. Logic Audio
  • Duration of the submitted work: 3:25
  • Production: Home, Music Communication Inc NYC
  • Premiere: November 5, 2000, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall

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