Mikel Rouse
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Tirez Tirez: Etudes (Object Music, 1980)
Tirez Tirez: Story Of The Year (Crepuscule, 1983)
Tirez Tirez: Under The Door (Crepuscule, 1984) EP
Tirez Tirez: Social Responsibility (Primitive Man, 1987)
Tirez Tirez: Against All Flags (Primitive Man, 1988)
Broken Consort: Jade Tiger (Les Disques Du Crepuscule, 1983) **
Quorum (Club Soda, 1984) ***
Colorado Suite (Crammed Discs, 1984) **
Hardfall; Side Wind (Crammed Discs, 1985) *
Set The Timer Uptight (Warner, 1985) *
Broken Consort: A Walk In The Woods (Club Soda, 1985) **
Broken Consort: A Lincoln Portrait (Cuneiform, 1988) **
Broken Consort: Soul Menu (New Tone, 1993) *
Failing Kansas (New Tone, 1995) ***
Dennis Cleveland (New World, 1996) ***
Living Inside Design (New Tone, 1994) **
Return (Exit, 1999) *
The American Dream (Exit, 1999) *
Cameraworld (Exit, 2001) *
Funding (Exit, 2002) *
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Il Broken Consort di Mikel Rouse (nato a St Louis nel 1957, laureato a Kansas City, trasferitosi a New York nel 1979) e' un ensemble di sintetizzatori, fiati, chitarra e percussioni che assomiglia piu' a un complesso jazz che a un quartetto da camera. L'album Jade Tiger contiene brani che ricordano il primo Glass per la violenza e il primo Reich per la geometria, ma le dissonanze di Irving Lerner, le improvvisazioni al sax di Trio e soprattutto il percussionismo aggressivo di 9.7,5 (archetipo della suite Quorum per percussioni, che rimarra' uno dei suoi capolavori, una delle prime piece ad impiegare il sequencer), costituiscono un compromesso piu' vistoso con maniere rock. E infatti Rouse e' anche il leader dei Tirez Tirez, un complesso regolare che suona trance/dance alla Talking Heads (Under The Door/ Sleep, il 45 giri del 1984) e semplici canzoni pop (Somebody Tell Me, 1986).

Walk In The Woods (1984) e' una suite di sette vignette per orchestra da camera (sintetizzatore e ottetto di archi e fiati) che ritorna al contrappunto energico di Glass per comporre una serie di mini-requiem pacifisti (Winter In Wyoming, Hardfall), alcune ipnotiche fanfare minimaliste (Friendship '84) e qualche incalzante rondo' neo-classico alla Nyman (la title-track e Airland 2000).

A Lincoln Portrait, modellato di nuovo sulla forma canzone e sulla maniera jazz-rock, e' forse il suo lavoro piu' fantasioso e appassionato.

Rouse's main achievements were the operas Balboa (1981); Glass Bead Game (1983), based on the Herman Hesse novel; Failing Kansas (1994), based on Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood", which introduced "counterpoetry," a technique wherby several tapes of unpitched vocals are layered to produce a polyrhythmic effect; Dennis Cleveland (1996), which introduced the format of the television talk-show to musical theater; and The End Of Cinematics (2002).

Living Inside Design (New Tone, 1994) is a 1994 cycle of leaders that demonstrate "counterpoetry".

Other significant compositions include: Quartet (1981) for three violins and double bass; Autumn In New York (1982), Red 20 (1984) and American Nova (1985) for orchestra; Colorado Suite (1984) for violin and electronics; Book One (1986), a cycle of string quartets; the song cycle Set The Timer - Uptight (1986); the piano suite Two Paradoxes Resolved (1989); Hope Chest (1991) for chamber quartet; Copperhead (1992) for electric quartet; Kiss Him Goodbye (1993) for voices and electronics; Soul Menu (1993) repetitive minimalist music for chamber ensemble; Autorequiem (1994), for string orchestra, percussion and "counterpoetry; Return (1999), a collection of songs based on samples from his quartets; etc.

The American Dream (Exit, 1999) contains songs from The End Of Cinematics (1997).

Cameraworld (Exit, 2001) contains Body and Soul, When You Turn Your Face On, etc.

Funding (Exit, 2002) is a composition for cinema verite' and chamber orchestra documenting ordinary life in New York.

"The Demo" (2015) is an opera about a legendary software demo by computer scientist Doug Engelbart, an opera composed by Ben Neill & Mikel Rouse.

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