Grant Chu Covell

Managing Editor Grant Chu Covell works in the Boston area. He once worked for a global technology company that made hardware which Xenakis and Babbitt used to good effect. He was the publisher of the brilliant but forgotten The Periodic Journal of Bibliography (1990-95), and his music reviews have appeared in EAR Magazine and InMusic. His instrumental and electroacoustic music has been performed in the U.S. and abroad, and he has shared many CDs of his music with family and friends (one piece was recorded in a refrigerator). A short article about a composition he wrote for piano and tape can be found in the Csound Magazine. Two electroacoustic works have appeared in commercial compilations: Presence III and The Door Project. A recent CD can be found here, and another is in preparation. A long departed family dog’s name was taken from a character in Wagner’s Ring.

String Theory 33: Mostly Cellos and Basses

The boldest surprise in Patterns in a Chromatic Field is how after ten minutes, plus or minus, the activity level plummets.

String Theory 33: Mostly Cellos and Basses

The boldest surprise in Patterns in a Chromatic Field is how after ten minutes, plus or minus, the activity level plummets.

Mostly Symphonies No. 37: Luc Ferrari’s Histoire du Plaisir et de la Désolation

We do not think of Luc Ferrari as a composer of symphonies, but his most effective symphonic work is perhaps Histoire du plaisir et de la désolation.

Mostly Symphonies No. 37: Luc Ferrari’s Histoire du Plaisir et de la Désolation

We do not think of Luc Ferrari as a composer of symphonies, but his most effective symphonic work is perhaps Histoire du plaisir et de la désolation.

String Theory 32: Quartets, plus or minus

Electricity and fire pervade this release.

String Theory 32: Quartets, plus or minus

Electricity and fire pervade this release.

My Favorite Morricone

Suoni per Dino appeared in 1988 on a Virgin CD titled simply, Chamber Music.

My Favorite Morricone

Suoni per Dino appeared in 1988 on a Virgin CD titled simply, Chamber Music.

String Theory 31: 15 Quartets and then some

Wirén clearly preferred quality over quantity.

String Theory 31: 15 Quartets and then some

Wirén clearly preferred quality over quantity.

Remembering Walt’s “Unachievements”

Walt Mundkowsky (1944-2020) passed away earlier this month.

Remembering Walt’s “Unachievements”

Walt Mundkowsky (1944-2020) passed away earlier this month.

Piano Factory 26.

With a blunt motif, 31 variations and a coda, Riotte’s Météorite et ses métamorphoses establishes itself as a concentrated chain of modernist miniatures.

Piano Factory 26.

With a blunt motif, 31 variations and a coda, Riotte’s Météorite et ses métamorphoses establishes itself as a concentrated chain of modernist miniatures.

String Theory 30. / EA Bucket 29: Violin, sometimes with electronics

Doppelbelichtung (“Double Exposure”) presents the ingenious effect of birds imitating the violin. The exchange of instrument and recorded warblers confounds and charms.

String Theory 30. / EA Bucket 29: Violin, sometimes with electronics

Doppelbelichtung (“Double Exposure”) presents the ingenious effect of birds imitating the violin. The exchange of instrument and recorded warblers confounds and charms.

Mostly Symphonies 36.

The brief Scherzo startles with unfathomable harmonies in duple meter contradicting a bucolic trio.

Mostly Symphonies 36.

The brief Scherzo startles with unfathomable harmonies in duple meter contradicting a bucolic trio.

Two concerts

Some concerts are like encyclopedias or history lessons.

Two concerts

Some concerts are like encyclopedias or history lessons.

Josef Labor Discography Update

A second update to the Josef Labor discography.

Josef Labor Discography Update

A second update to the Josef Labor discography.

EA Bucket 28.

It has been a long time since Mariétan has appeared in these pages, and so sharing this loving portrait of France is an overdue delight.

EA Bucket 28.

It has been a long time since Mariétan has appeared in these pages, and so sharing this loving portrait of France is an overdue delight.