The score for "How I Got to Long Beach" doesn't look like what you'd expect from a composer with years of classical music training in some of the country's best conservatories. In fact, it's not really what you'd expect a score to look like at all.
Jack Curtis Dubowski Ensemble
In order to tell the other two members of his ensemble how to perform his latest multimedia work of experimental music, Long Beach-based avant-garde composer Jack Curtis Dubowsky used a little bit of traditional notation, but mostly screenshots from the accompanying video, idiomatic gestures and vague instructions about what the piece should sound like and when.
It's not uncommon to see directions like "dark chugging" or "excitement, evil" next to more specific, pre-composed material and calls for "staccato!" During live performances of the 45-minute "How I Got to Long Beach"--which debuted last month at Third Eye Records--the audience remains unaware of Dubowsky's bizarre form of written communication.