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After The Rain (2007)
"A study in digital editing"

Ah-Ha (2007)
"A re-mix of No Fits Please from Vocalise"

Aurelie w/ Lise Vachon Lyrics (1999)
"It was Aurelie's christening "

Death Beam Music from "Rebel Cafˇ" by Ed Sanders (2003)
"Blame it all on Bob Holman... my first true "Performance" piece"

Don't Know Who I Am (2003)

Double Vision (2007)
"A re-mix of Views 6 and 12"

I Miss Her (2004)
"My mom died in March.....I wrote this in November."

Mix for Jonny Mann (2006)
"I miss him......"

Nice Shirt w/ Steve Dalchinsky lyric (2004)
"It's a nice poem"

Rain Drops Music In My Ears (2005)
"Stole this line from someone I met on line...thank you."

Song for my Father (2005)
"We went to Genoa that summer. My father was born there."

Vocalise w/ Lise Vachon (2005)
"Discovered ACID on my computer..."


Canta (for Tom Chapin) (1995)
"I met Tom when we were in Illuminati and he inspired me to write this piece."


One Sided Conversation (1994)
"The first movement comes from a Theater production. The piece was built around that... and my love for the cello."


Appetite (video by Terry Ross) (1994)
Winner of a National Fine Arts Video Award of Excellence

Art of the Nimbus Indians (film by Anita Thatcher) (1994)

Cam Duck (1994)
"Beautiful Central Highlands… five days in a hole… with narration."
Available on the CD Ancient Music >>

Cicada Music (2002)
"Steve Dalachinsky came back from Japan with a tape of cicada singing and a journal. This is the music including the cicada singing."
Available on the CD Cicada Music >>

Cross Court (1984)
"Noises and Beats from The Memory Theater of Giulio Camillo by Creation Co."

Deep Felt Songs (1997)
I was bowing my guitar and Lise came down the stairs singing this beautiful melody. It's a wordless journey.

Eclipse (1991)
"Composed for 'Ann's Eclipse (Total Eclipse of the Sun OOPS I Mean Moon)'; the theatrical version includes narration and soprano… with Ann Rower."
Available on the CD Musique d'Ameubliement >>

Electronic Dances (1992)
"For the Neo Labos production 'Forged'. These pieces explore different tunings."
Available on the CD Whims >>

Harmotecknow (2001)
"…inspired by my study of Harmolodics with Ornette Coleman and techno electronics"
Available on the CD Ancient Music >>

Hebron Holiday (film by Jacob Burkhardt) (2001)
"This music, composed for a silent film by Jacob Burkhardt, was commissioned by the Sedgwick Theater in Philadelphia. It is scored for voice and electronics."

Help (An Electronic Chamber Opera) (2001)
"This opera, commissioned by the New York City Queens Council on the Arts, is scored for electronics, two turntables, two radios, voice, wrench guitar and narration. The narrative part is taken from interviews I transcribed from health care workers in Queens NY and the story of my mother deciding to enter a senior residence at age 88."

Ice (1984)
"Soundtrack for 'Ice Station Zebra', a play produced by Creation Co."
Available on the CD Musique d'Ameubliement >>

Incomplete Direction (1999)
"With Steve Dalachinsky. 'It's easy to write eternity…'"
Available on the CD Ancient Music >>

KPs (Dong, Ra, Deba, Mi and Papa San) (1995)
"Portraits of my friends in Viet Nam… with narration and choreography"
Available on the CD Ancient Music >>

Nam (1996)
"An electronic portrait of Viet Nam"

The Bachelor Machine (video by Creation Co.) (1985)

The Ship Was Sailing (1984)
"Ambient music from The Memory Theater of Giulio Camillo by Creation Co."
Available on the CD Musique d'Ameubiement >>

Theme From An Imaginary Movie (1990)
The title says it all…
Available on the CD Whims >>


Harmolodic Habanera (for Relâche) (1995)


New Hampshire (1988)


Crossing (2003)


Fourteen Views From My Window One Winter (1995)
"Inspired by a photo show of Ann Hunt Currier. It was a series of photos taken out of the same window on different days at different times of day. It was never always the same. I tried to do that with music."
Available on the CD Fourteen Views From My Window One Winter >>

Whims (1982-1993)
"These pieces are like entries in a diary, musings on a particular mood in a reflective intimate fashion."
Available on the CD Whims >>


Montauk (1989)
"I've been going to Montauk since I was ten years old."


Bittersuite (1991)
Available on the CD Whims >>

Philosophies (2003)

Three Bagatelles (Bag 11, 44, 55) (1991)
"My main inspiration was meeting people who could play this stuff: Martin Goldray and Kate Light."
Available on the CD Whims >>


The King Believes In A Just War (1984)


Cote De Neigh for Pierrette (2006)
"We stay at her house all the time when we are in Montreal."


Fantasia (2005)
"Just "discovered it", as my student Julian would say, on my computer."

Out Of The Blue for Joe Riggio (2005)
"A neighbor lost his wife suddenly...... after few years he was finally coming out of the blue....."


6/5 Quartet (1993)
"Just inspired to write."

A Portrait (1996)
"Dedicated to Lise Vachon."

Birds In Flight for Jacob Burkhardt (2003)
Jacob's movie Hebron Holiday has this as the opening

Cemetary (for T. Sherwood) (1988)
"A friend of mine was murdered in his house. This just came out of me."
Available on the CD Fourteen Views From My Window One Winter >>

Don't Know Who I Am (2003)
"I went to see my mom and she didn't recognize me."

Elizabeth's Studio (2006)
"There was a lot of building at the farm that I wandered onto the studio"

Fire Dances (1989)
"Cynthia Gehrig gave my name to Kronos Quartet in 1984. David Harrington wrote me and asked for a quartet. At this time I had only written a short movement for string quartet. Also Kronos were unknown especially in the East. So I picked up an album of theirs and they were in black leather jackets and I didn't think the music was particularly earth shattering. I remember thinking 'so this is how mainstream leather jackets have become'. Anyway, I sent them my single 'Love Makes You Vicious' (it was already three years old) and said something like 'Yeah... maybe we can collaborate...'. What a 'SNOT!'... Within a couple of years I was buying up their CD's and they were the most famous string quartet on the planet."
Available on the CD Fourteen Views From My Window One Winter >>

Harmolodic Q (1993)
"Inspired by my studies with Ornette Coleman."

Memory Q (1997)
A string quartet version of the music from The Memory Theater of Giulio Camillo

Partitas (1988)
"A set of pieces originally written for Kronos Quartet. See my comments under Fire Dances."
Available on the CD Fourteen Views From My Window One Winter >>

Praise Poem For Bob and Elizabeth (2005)
"Two of my favorite people. They let us stay at their farm every year. In 2005 I was there alone and I was thinking of them a lot."

Rafaele (1999)
Rafaele was only two weeks old when I spent a whole afternoon with her... alone. wow!!!!


12 Tone Violin (1978)
"My only study of 12-tone music."

Stillife (1988)
"Commissioned by Neo Labos Dance Theater, and inspired by a 16th century painting."
Available on the CD Whims >>


53 Ablon (2006)
"Manu's address just south of Paris on the Seine... a great house.... of course this is dedicated to Manu, Christophe, Mathilde, Rafa¸le Theodora and Rita....the inhabitants."

Above (1987)
"…About flying from NY to LA with Ann Rower."

All I Want To Do (1983)
"A dance song I wrote with lyrics by Ann Rower for Jon Mann's Jump Street label."

Bad News Lullaby (1982)
"Lyric by Ann Rower. Life in the post nuclear world..."

Can't Write You Something (2000)
This lyric was written by Maggie Balistreri.

Cellular Phone (1984)
"I'm never at home I'm never alone I'm on the cellular phone... with you. Words by Bob Holman"

Cryin's Too Easy (1994)
"Only song I ever wrote by myself."

Dada Mama (1978)
"Love is the revolution unless you're dead." Lyric by Ann Rower

French Customs (1979)
Words by Ann Rower. "I've got nothing to declare."

Guilty (1977)
"Another collaboration with Ann Rower. Released as the B-side of 'Vicious'"

Gun (2001)
From a poem by Jackie Sheeler"

Indifferent Aim (1995)
"Yuko Otomo wrote the words. She originally called it St. Valentine's Day. Lise Vachon collaborated on the music"
Available on the CD Fourteen Views From My Window One Winter >>

January (1988)
"Lyrics by Bob Holman"

Kickin' (1979)
"Words by Ann Rower. A different take on drug addiction."

Lost In Maspeth (1995)
"Poem by Lise Vachon. I started writing the music; we finished it together. It's mostly her song."

Love Crazy (Why are all the people I) (1979)
"Lyrics by Ann Rower. The title says it all. My only sing-a-long."

Love Lake (1985)
"Bob Holman wrote this poem when he met his wife Elizabeth."

Love Makes You Vicious (1979)
"My first single... 'love makes you vicious, there's nothing to say'... Lyric by Ann Rower."

Made In Japan (1979)
"'These days the matches are...'. Poetry Rap. With Ann Rower"

Montauk (1992)
"Lyric by Ann Rower. Written for the Long Island tribe on the 500th anniversary of Columbus' arrival in north America"
Available on the CD Fourteen Views From My Window One Winter >>

Nature Morte #2 (2002)
Lyric by Steve Dalachinsky... "...too far away..."

Placebo (1981)
"'I don't want you I don't want you to go what I want is...' Lyric by Ann Rower"

Postcards (1997)
"Lyric by Lise Vachon... Lise sent me postcards from Montreal and Paris... they were all about... Tintin"

Rock 'n Roll Mythology (1979)
"With Bob Holman... released as the B-side of 'Made In Japan'"

Soleil (2002)
"the one word..." Poem by Yuko Otomo"

Way Blue (1989)
"Ann Rower gave me the poem when she got back from L.A. after doing research about Uncle Leo Robin, the famous lyricist."
Available on the CD Fourteen Views From My Window One Winter >>

Yuko Cycle (1992)
"Inspired by Steve Dalachinsky's poems about Yuko Otomo."
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