Timothy E. Johnson | Music Technology
Dr. Tim Johnson's compositional output runs the gamut from music for traditional instruments to the most recent developments in electronic and computer music. His algorithmically composed Electric Meditation was most recently performed at the 2005 International Lisp Conference held at Stanford University. This piece is written entirely in Lisp using Heinrich Taube's Common Music algorithmic enviroment and Bill Schottstaedt's Common Lisp Music signal processing environment. Electric Meditation has also been featured on the most recent CD of Experimental Music Studios composers from the University of Illinois. A previous recording from EMS composers featured an electronic work of Tim's entitled Begin the Beguine. His orchestra piece Antyphony: Paul Morphy vs. Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard won the 2004 University of Illinois Orchestra Prize. The piece is based on a famous 19th Century chess game. The chamber work In the Beginning for clarinet, viola and piano was performed at the 2002 Midwest Composer's Symposium at Indiana University. Tim produced a concert of his own music after winning the 21st Century Piano Commission Award which included a new piano piece entitled Sonata Urbana, premiered by Brad Friedman, as well as another solo piano work Owen's Leaf, a song cycle for voice, violin and guitar on poems by Charles Simic and a 'micro opera' for actor, guitar and live electronics. As a guitarist Tim has premiered many new works. His most recent recital was broadcast live on Illinois Public Radio station WILL and it included the broadcast premiere of his solo guitar piece Tango Terceira. This piece had its origins in Tim's two-year stay in the Azore Islands where he taught classical guitar at a conservatory.