Alumnus Robert Matheson graduated with a DMA in double bass performance from the University of Arizona this summer. He is beginning his second year teaching bass and theory at Dixie State College in St. George, UT and playing in the orchestra at Tuacahn Amphitheater. His composition, “Desert Fragments” was recently premiered by the Reedy-Hoeflicker Duo at the National Flute Association convention in Las Vegas.
Robert designed a MIDI double bass and composed a work for it which you can view on youtube here: Curiouser and Curiouser. He writes of it: “The title of this piece comes from Alices Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. “Curiouser and Curiouser” does not follow a set program, but addresses topics that have stood out to me while reading, listening to, and watching Carroll’s story with my two young children. The sounds are sampled from various recorded forms of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, manipulated and edited using Digital Performer, Peak, and Metasynth, with additional live manipulation through Reason. This is the first composition for the MIDI double bass, an instrument that I designed and created as part of a minor in electro-acoustic music at the University of Arizona. Work on the MIDI double bass was made possible by partial funding from the Peter Treistman Creative Project Award.”