Electronic
Tom Lopez
design by nadya primak // brushes by linda rae // code by tom lopez © 2013-2022 fwmp
Love in the Time of Covid 21' improvisation for hammered dulcimer and electronics

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Love in the Time of Covid was performed in Oberlin, Ohio (2021). This piece is an extended solo improvisation for hammered dulcimer and live electronics.


sfound Objects: 3 Vertices & 24 Speakers 16' for percussion and live electronics

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sfound Objects: 3 Vertices & 24 Speakers was composed in Oberlin, Ohio (2020). This work is the fourth in an ongoing series of pieces for percussion and electronics. It is a spatial expansion of the previous piece, sfound Objects: 3 Vertices & 1 Circle, which was composed for live electronics in stereo audio. In this version, there are 24 speakers around the audience with live spatialization of the electronics.


sfound Objects: 3 Vertices & 1 Circle 16' for percussion and live electronics

sfound Objects: 3 Vertices & 1 Circle was composed in Oberlin, Ohio (2018). This work is the third in an ongoing series of pieces for percussion, large metal tub, and electronics. The inspiration behind this piece came from my interest in hearing the dance-like movements executed by percussionists. In this iteration, the percussionist will mime a performance of sfound Objects: 3 Vertices so we can hear the hidden choreography. One theme I often think about is the relationship between physical gesture and sound. I invite you to ask yourself questions during the performance. What actions do you see? Can you hear them? What sounds are in the room? Where do they come from? There are certainly many other questions, and always the option of simply listening without asking anything.


The Scream and Whine of Trump 6' for snare drum and electronics

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The Scream and Whine of Trump was composed in Oberlin, Ohio (2018) for percussion and live electronics. The Scream and Whine of Trump was commissioned by the AURA Contemporary Ensemble, University of Houston. This is a performance of resistance inspired by Pablo Picasso’s “The Dream and Lie of Franco.”

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The Dream and Lie of Trump 12' for piano and electronics

Tom_Lopez · cadenza from "The Dream and Lie of Trump"

The Dream and Lie of Trump for piano and live electronics was performed in Oberlin, Ohio (2017) by Thomas Rosenkranz. This is a performance of resistance inspired by Pablo Picasso’s “The Dream and Lie of Franco.”

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Tom's In 37' improvisation quartet

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Tom's In was performed in Oberlin, Ohio (2015) for a live electronics improvisation ensemble with JooWon Park, Dana Jessen, and Lyn Goeringer.


Oberlin Synthesizer Ensemble 60' improvisation

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OSE (Oberlin Synthesizer Ensemble) was formed in the 1980's. It has appeared at various times over the years with different players and leaders. This event was a live concert and radio simulcast on WOBC-FM (May 11, 2014) featuring: Charlie Abbott, Noah Chevan, Will DiMaggio, Sam Fisher, Charlie Glanders, Adam Hirsch, Tom Lopez, Margaret McCarthy, Matt Omahan, Jack Patterson, and Sam Wappler. OSE performed in Warner Main Space of the Oberlin College campus. Featured synthesizers were: Analogue Systems TH48, ARP 2600, Buchla 200 series, ElectroComp EML200, Korg MS10, MultiMoog, MemoryMoog, Paia 6710 Vocoder, Putney VCS3, Quintuple PortaMod (by Sergio Franco), Triple PortaFilt (by Sergio Franco), Talbertronics VCA (by John Talbert), Talbertronics VCF (by John Talbert).


Immaculata Erotica 18' for chamber ensemble and live electronics

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Immaculata Erotica was composed in Oberlin, Ohio (2008). One might regard this piece as a melding of two sensitivities. The performance physicalizes timbre, and simultaneously, the music sonifies texture. The meeting point might trace an erogenous zone where they embrace. What does it feel like to have sex without touching? What does an instrument sound like without playing it?


America Will Shoot Itself 1' fixed media

America Will Shoot Itself was composed in Oberlin, Ohio (2007) for the 60x60 project. The casings are hot with sharp, jagged edges.


17,987,547,480 1' fixed media

17,987,547,480 was composed in Oberlin, Ohio (2005) for the 60x60 project. Light travels 17,987,547,480 meters in 60 seconds.

17,987,547,480 was released by Vox Novus in 2005.


Moth 1' fixed media

Moth was composed in Oberlin, Ohio (2003) for the 60x60 project. The Moth flies into the glowing lantern, repeatedly hitting the paper sides. The flame awaits, patiently illuminating the way. This piece served as a study for the larger work, The Death of the Moth.

Moth was released by Vox Novus in 2003.


Je ne suis pas mon pays 4' fixed media

Je ne suis pas was composed in Oberlin, Ohio (2004). The primary sound source for this work is the hammered dulcimer, a folk instrument in the United States with roots in many cultures (for example, the yang-qin in China and the cymbalom in Hungary). It is a difficult process determining what to accept and what to reject from one's own culture. I truly rejoice in my country's musical culture, I truly despise my country's political culture. The English translation of the title is, "I am not my country."

Je ne suis pas was released on vinyl by Hanson Records in 2016.


Matilda 34' for fixed media and live electronics

Matilda was composed in Nice, France (1992). This piece is performance piece inspired by sections of Treatise by Cornelius Cardew (1967). It is performed with a keyboard, pitch bend wheel, and pedals. Many aspects of the original. graphic score have been translated to traditional musical parameters, i.e. pitch. These translations are fixed and can not be changed by the performer. However, many parameters have been left open to the performer's discretion, i.e. tempi and dynamics. It is the responsibility of the performer to use those parameters to further interpret the graphics. For example, in the opening of the piece, the relative size of a circle is translated to pitch (smallest circle - highest pitch, largest circle - lowest pitch) but the position in the stereo field is a performance choice. The fixed parameters and free parameters change from section to section.


That's Quiet Alright 4'15" fixed media

That's Quiet Alright was created by Tom Lopez and Stephen Sloan in the late 1980's. The source material was 100% analog on reel-to-reel tape and included Moog, ARP, and Buchla synthesizers; vinyl records; didgeridoo; microphones; and various delay units.

That's Quiet Alright was released on vinyl by Hanson Records in 2016.