About

Robert is a composer living in Boston, MA. He co-founded the Sleeping Giant composer collective and co-directs the Times Two Series. Send me emails at rhonstein@gmail.com !

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Events Calendar

  • Fr 3.31.17: Arctic @ Roulette
  • Su 4.2.17: Arctic @ Caramoor
  • Mo 4.3.17: Index @ Boston
  • Sa 4.8.17: Juno @ Indy
  • Su 4.9.17: TIC @ Austin
  • We 4.26.17: RS @ The Armory
  • Th 5.4.17: TINM @ Conn
  • Su 5.7.17: Arctic @ S. Church
  • Su 6.4.17: Requiem @ DPO
  • Su 6.3.18: Night Scenes @ DPO
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An Economy of Means

Prepared Vibraphone Solo – 30 minutes

Photo Jul 09, 11 45 24 AM

An Economy of Means is a kind of companion piece to my trio An Index of Possibility. In Index I used a wide range of materials—glass, metal, wood, ceramic, drums, toys, found objects—to create a large form that moved between distinctive worlds within a broad sonic palette. With An Economy of Means I’ve done the opposite, deliberately using one instrument, the vibraphone, and forcing myself to make the most out of limited resources. With a few simple preparations—tin foil, a manilla folder—and judicious usage of the vibraphone’s natural properties, I tried to build something vast and varied, as broad and ambitious as the trio but in a narrower, more focused context. Set in six movements, the nearly thirty minute piece doesn’t have a specific narrative. Even so, I think there is always a sense of motion, of drifting from space to space, with little dramas unfolding along the way. An Economy of Means was commissioned by Doug Perkins and a consortium of alumni from the Chosen Vale Summer Percussion Seminar. I think the infectious spirit of friendship and collaboration so strongly felt at Chosen Vale found its way into this work, and for that I am extremely grateful.

Recording coming soon!