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Tom Lopez
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See below for music available on commercial labels. I can also provide physical items like bound scores, discs, and so on; please contact me via email with orders and/or questions.

Je ne suis pas mon pays Hanson Records
Je ne suis pas mon pays 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."
That's Quiet Alright Hanson Records
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.
The Piper's Son Oberlin Music
The Piper's Son is available in surround-sound on Blu-Ray, and stereo CD through Naxos Records. This recording features Thomas Rosenkranz on piano and Tom Lopez, electronics. It was premiered on July 19, 2010 in Maccagno, Italy during the soundSCAPE Festival.
Confetti Variations Innova
Confetti Variations was written for pianist Jeri-Mae Astolfi. She told me that among her admired composers of piano music were Johannes Brahms and Morton Feldman. That pairing struck me as a remarkable combination and I began dreaming of a Brahms/Feldman/Lopez mashup. My composition process entailed shredding Brahms and Feldman piano music into brightly colored fragments, firing the sparkly bits into the air, and listening to them rain down over field recordings.
The Death of the Moth Centaur
The Death of the Moth features the Oberlin Conservatory, Contemporary Music Ensemble under the direction of Tim Weiss. "Men rush to their doom like moths flying to their death in the candle-flame" — Bhagavad Gita. The moth is drawn towards light, and like Icarus, will inevitably burn its wings and fall. The Death of the Moth is a meditation on mankind's "falling from grace" and his out-of-balance relationship with nature. The title is from a short story by Virginia Woolf.
Hollow Ground II SEAMUS
Hollow Ground II was released by the Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the United States. This recording features Larisa Montanaro, soprano.
Curvatures SEAMUS
Curvatures was released by the Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the United States. This recording features a Zeta string quartet and live electronics. I am indebted to the performers for their dedication and persistence in helping me develop this music: Erica Dicker, violin; Gillian Rivers, violin; Amy Cimini, viola; and Robin Reynolds, 'cello.
Dirge for Déjà Vu SEAMUS
Dirge for Déjà Vu was released by the Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the United States.
Moth Vox Novus
Moth was composed for the Vox Novus 60x60 Project, distributed by Capstone Records. The Moth flies into the glowing lantern, repeatedly hitting the paper sides. The flame awaits, patiently illuminating the way.
17,987,547,480 Vox Novus
17,987,547,480 was composed for the Vox Novus 60x60 Project, distributed by Capstone Records. Light travels 17,987,547,480 meters in 60 seconds.