Roger Reynolds


Voicespace II

Roger Reynolds (b. 1934)
An American composer with a degree in engineering physics, Reynolds is a very eclectic and experimental artist whose work explores the boundaries of space, perception, and technology. Musically influenced by the American Experimentalists and the Second Viennese School, many of his works are built around texts dervied from mythology and postmodern literature, and his impressive catalog covers a wide range of musical territory from string quartets to multimedia productions involving computers, video, dance and theater. Among numerous other awards and commissions, he won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for his Whispers Out of Time for string orchestra. Watershed, a "pathbreaking exploration of the new DVD medium," was released by Mode Records in January of 1999 and features his music. He is currently professor of music at the University of California at San Diego.
You may read a more detailed biography of Roger Reynolds here, at Bronze By Gold.


Ping -- (1968). A multimedia piece for flute, piano, percussion, 35mm slide projections, 16mm film, quadraphonic electroacoustic sound, and live electronic processing; text based on the Samuel Beckett short story. (Planned for the future)

Voicespace II, "A Merciful Coincidence" -- (1976). Music theater for three vocalists and electroacoustic sound. Text from Beckett's novel Watt. (Planned for the future)

Odyssey -- (1989-1993). For mezzo-soprano, bass-baritone, chamber ensemble, 8 channels of computer processed sound, and lighting effects; text by Beckett. (Planned for the future)

More Reynolds on the Libyrinth:

Voicespace III, "Eclipse" -- (1979). This is the Roger Reynolds page at Bronze by Gold, which details his Joycean composition Voicepace III, for voice and tape, with texts by Joyce, Borges, García Márquez, Issa, Melville, and Stevens.

Links/CDs/Sound Samples

Note: Apmonia would like to thank Roger and Karen Reynolds for kindly providing much of the information and images used on these pages.

Bronze by Gold, the Libyrinth's James Joyce and Music site, offers a more comprehensive Reynolds biography here.

Roger Reynolds has a very nice Homepage maintained by his wife, Karen Reynolds.

You may purchase Reynolds CDs online from Lovely Music CDs. They maintain a Reynolds Page with a small bio.

Mode Records features Watershed, a DVD that contains Eclipse, on their News page. You can purchase Watershed directly from below:

Watershed 4/Eclipse/Red Act Arias ~ DVD
R. Reynolds

--A. Ruch
18 July 2002

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