Welcome to “Side Scroller” The 30th album by prolific composer Steve Horowitz. Get ready for a heart pounding journey into a hypnotic world of rhythmic exactitude. Written for the critically acclaimed Red Desert Ensemble, Side Scroller exposes the hidden musical secrets trapped within every video game!
Side Scroller for bass clarinet and percussion features Devin Maxwell (percussion) and Katie Porter (bass clarinet). The piece includes a film by The well-known videographer/filmmaker Zig Gron.
Side Scroller features repeating percussion patterns and slowly unfolding bass clarinet lines. The accompanying video represents each rhythm segment in the piece with an individual clip or snippet of timed gameplay from some of the most well-known and well-loved side scrolling games. Games such as River City Ransom, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man and more are represented. The repetition of images, the repetition of rhythmic patterns, the time scale and slowly unfolding material brings out the humor, plaintiveness, and seriousness in the music.
“Video games are art and this piece highlights the artistry of side scrolling games throughout history. Small rhythmic cells combine and recombine to create an ever unfolding and hypnotic musical tapestry” - Steve H
This piece is made in homage to some of the greatest side scrolling video games of all time.
“The Moving Image moves; and then having moved, Moves on!”
Music By Steve Horowitz
Video by Zig Gron
Performed by the Red Desert Ensemble (Devin Maxwell & Katie Porter)
Recorded May 22, at Studio 43
Produced by Fluffy Schwartz
About Red Desert
RED DESERT is the duo project of clarinetist Katie Porter and composer/percussionist Devin Maxwell. They have been performing, commissioning, creating and championing interesting music for almost 20 years. Based in Brooklyn, NY and a remote cabin in the mountains of Utah, they’re repertoire consists primarily of living composers, especially ones that strive to challenge and enrich our understanding of what music is and can be.
About ZIG GRON
Zig grew up in Detroit, studied music composition and now works as an independent filmmaker and editor. Zig’s work is thought provoking, intense and fun. Zig Gron is most frequently exhibited in the United States, but he has also had exhibitions in Germany, Greece among other far away places.
Album Preview (for press)
COMING SEPTEMBER OF 2022
Next Release is an re-mastered album of Steve’s first two string quartets
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