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Icicle Harvest

by adam scott neal

I. Allegro 11:43
II. Moderato 05:56
III. Andante 08:53
IV. Adagio 13:19
V. Lento 08:54
VI. Andante 04:26


Icicle Harvest is an experimental ambient-minimalist piece featuring piano, toy piano, celeste, marimba, and vibraphone.

I composed several related (and very simple) rhythmic motives, then used pseudo-random processes to choose which motive, which key, which notes in the scale, and the length and tempo of each section.

Then I recorded long takes on each instrument. With each motive, I was allowed to repeat, to change the duration of rest in between each repeat, and make other minor variations.

The recording features some minor editing but I allowed a lot of it to be imperfect and human. It is meant to be enjoyed as one hour-long piece, but I have split it into tracks where there are tempo changes. The movement titles are a little tongue-in-cheek, since it's not really separate movements.


released January 23, 2018

Composed, performed, and recorded by Adam Scott Neal.


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adam scott neal Dallas, Texas

Adam Scott Neal draws inspiration from the technology of music — from traditional instruments to computers, electronics, and toys.

Recognized as “exquisitely crafted,” Adam’s music “draws the listener inward, encouraging intimate dialogue” (Creative Loafing).

He composes for soloists and chamber ensembles, audio-visual works, and scores for dance.
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