Saturday, March 27, 2021

Night

 


The sound material for this piece consists entirely of field recordings I made 
of frogs and insects at night after a thunderstorm. 

Originally created in 2016
Released March 25, 2021 

Becker - Field recordings, Resonators, Reverb 

 Mastered by Doug Henderson 

 Painting by Ivan Kramskoy - Moonlit Night, 1880 

This will be the score to a new video by Jil Guyon which will be screened in 2021 in New York City.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

"Heroes" for String Quartet



Score and parts for my string quartet of David Bowie's classic track "Heroes" 
is available for purhcase on Sheet Music Plus.

Photo by Polaroidville on Unsplash

Friday, February 5, 2021

Delta (First Movement) For Pedal Harp



A MIDI realization of my first piece for pedal harp. This is an new arrangement of the first movement of a three-movement work I composed for classical guitar in 2009.

The subtext for this movement is the feeling of land disappearing from under your feet, like what is happening to along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Sheet music for this piece is available here >> Sheet Music Plus

Photo by Morgane Perraud on Unsplash

Friday, January 8, 2021

Happy Birthday, David Bowie!

 


Happy birthday, David Bowie! This is my arrangement for string quartet of one of the man’s most beloved songs. Listen, and see if you can name that tune. Special thanks to composers Tom Myron and Dr. Rocky J. Reuter for taking time to look at and critique my earlier drafts.

The score is available for any adventurous quartets out there. #stringquartet #BowieLives #chambermusic #Berlin #Eno #Fripp


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Widow's End screens at the XXIV International Encounters Traverse in Toulouse, France

 

Widow's End will screen at the XXIV International Encounters Traverse 2021 festival in Toulouse, France, from March 10th through the 14th.

WIDOW’S END (split screen & 2 channel) 2020, 4:42 min., color, sound, HD video

Set against the backdrop of a volcanic red rock quarry in southern Iceland, Widow’s End depicts a lone woman caught in an extreme, inhospitable landscape. 

Enveloped in a swath of black fabric, her inner and outer realities collide, eliciting a visual tableaux that is both beautiful and horrific in its invocation of loss.

Direction and Performance: Jil Guyon

Original Score: Chris Becker

Cinematography: Valerie Barnes


Thursday, October 29, 2020

Widow's End Screening at the Fonland Festival Projecto Videolab

 


Widow's End will screen in the 15th edition of Fonland Festival Projecto Videolab from Coimbra, Portugal - online in November 2020, and on-site in 2021 (pandemic permitting). 

WIDOW’S END (split screen & 2 channel) 2020, 4:42 min., color, sound, HD video

Set against the backdrop of a volcanic red rock quarry in southern Iceland, Widow’s End depicts a lone woman caught in an extreme, inhospitable landscape. 

Enveloped in a swath of black fabric, her inner and outer realities collide, eliciting a visual tableaux that is both beautiful and horrific in its invocation of loss.

Direction and Performance: Jil Guyon

Original Score: Chris Becker

Cinematography: Valerie Barnes

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Delta for Classical Guitar (Third Movement)


Composition for classical guitar by Chris Becker

Performed by Dan Sumner 

Commissioned by Dan Sumner and the Bloomington Classical Guitar Society. 
Additional funding for the score came from a grant from the American Music Center. 
Dan premiered Delta January 10, 2009 at the John Waldron Arts Center, Bloomington, Indiana.

I recorded the insects at midnight along the Tangipahoa river in Louisiana.

Released October 16, 2020

Dan Sumner - Classical guitar
Chris Becker - Field recording

Photo by Mariko Margetson on Unsplash