Scott Roller

Musician & Educator

DeepMind Streams

Posted on 2020 03 1 in Audio, SR Compositions

On 22.01.2020 I improvised four continuous streams of evolving sound, all based on a single, very beautifully complex arpeggiator (Gianni’Arp) spinning out my input on a Behringer DeepMind 12. It was like painting on a very long canvas – where I could let things run on as long as I liked and then shape subtly or radically. On 02.02.2020 I edited the developments into a contiguous playlist with the aim of isolating the various stages, where “new states” are reached in the course of the whole proliferations (for further use).

Playlist appears in chronological sequence in which it was recorded. Each stream is produced 1:1 without any multitracking since I did not only want to make recordings but train for live performance…

The last piece “The FiveFold Field” was improvised 22.02.2020 in five passes with a Korg Minilogue using the factory patch 006 “FilterMotion.”

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SR: Two compositions (seven pieces) for organ (for Gary Verkade)

Posted on 2018 03 11 in Audio, SR Compositions

Late in 2014, Gary Verkade recorded two of my (older) pieces for organ: FLUX (1987) and the six-movement composition FIELDS & PLANES (1990), both written for him during the time we both lived in Essen, Germany. The recordings were made on a fantastic organ in Luleå Sweden at the Luleå Technical University. These recordings have never been released before.

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SR: T’ai – Moon Mantra for Peace (2000/2016)

Posted on 2016 11 19 in Audio, SR Compositions

When 9/11 happened, I was writing a chorale framework as a sort of prayer for peace for variable instrumentation – and we used it in various contexts. In this world between Obama and Trump, I thought this might be a good time to share it.

In its most basic form, the outside voices enter as far apart as they can be and in 24 steps approach one another to finally meet. And again – and again – and again. 

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Fjutscherdeutsch, 2015/16 – w/ Timo Brunke

Posted on 2016 02 6 in Audio, Collaborations, iOS, SR Compositions

2016_Fjutscherdeutsch_In December 2010 several mutual friends brought Scott together with the multi-faceted brilliant German Spoken-word artist and poet Timo Brunke as EmCees for an awards event at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart, and they have since collaborated intensely on a variety of projects  – most notably two full-length two-man shows: Der Übergang des Abendlandes, 2011 (The Transition of the Western World – a commission from the Theaterhaus, Stuttgart) and Ein Abend mit dem Herrn Sensenmann, 2013 (An Evening with the Grim Reaper – a commission of the Palliative Care Network).

Timo Brunkes Texte treffen auf Scott Rollers iOS-Musik.

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SR: Gestrumental Moments In-flight (2013)

Posted on 2014 08 19 in Audio, iOS, SR Compositions

These are single-pass realtime improvisations playing an iPad 4 running the App Gestrument 1.2.4 (by Jester Nordin/Jonatan Lihedahl, see ) to create music with a virtual orchestra with whom I had had quite good and rewarding rehearsal and preparation time… Look forward to working with the ensemble in the future!

Several entries from “Gestrumental Moments” improvised in real time 31 July 2013 starting around noon Islandic time and rather near there, flying at about 10 km altitude between Frankfurt and Dallas. Good headphones and hardly anyone noticed a thing.

Thanks to Jester and Jonatan (and to Apple, alas) for making such a cool instrumental interface!

– ScottRoller for ScooterDee

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SR: Four Axes – String Trio (2011)

Posted on 2011 11 25 in Open_Music, SR Compositions, Video

The world-premier performance of Scott Roller’s FOUR AXES string trio on 24 November 2011 in the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart as part of the third annual Spannungsfeld: Komposition-Improvisation (Between Composition and Improvisation) concert series presented by Open_Music Stuttgart ( – German) in cooperation with the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart with support from the Kulturamt der Stadt Stuttgart, among others.

Open_Music String Trio: Ulrike Stortz, violin / Katherina Friederichs, viola / Scott Roller, cello and composition

Video: Felix Zachmann / Audio: Scott Roller

The comprovisation is a fantasy on the Bao Guo, the eight primary elements in the Chinese Book of Changes (Yi Jing), in the following order:
1) Zhen – The Arousing (Shock, Thunder) 2) Xun – The Gentle (Penetration, Wind/Wood) 3) Li – The Radiance (Light) 4) Kun – The Receptive (Space) 5) Dui – The Open (Joy, Pond) 6) Qian – The Creative (Energy) 7) Kan – The Abysmal (Gorge) 8) Gen – The Limitation (Keeping Still, Mountain)

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