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Norbert Oldani
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  • Utica, NY
  • United States
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    Soundscape 12
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    Soundscape 11
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    Well-Tempered Improvisation
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    House of the Rising Sun Heterphony
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    Peruvian Musicians
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    Light Blue ( Seamless set of improvised variations It used the Blues' harmonic progressions that I have used in past IF event posts.)
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    Modal Piano Study
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    Dense Forest - Birds Chirp
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    Mahur Maqam (9 tone ADO in JI from Ozan Yarman"s scale)
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    Pastel I Piano Impro.
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    Mash of 5 Drones
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    Experiment 2
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    For The Brave Japanese (Improvisation for Piano)
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    Monolith ( posted on IF )
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    Dream On : A setting of the poem and recitation by James Tate from the PennSound Archives ...
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    "Rocken ", a poem and recitation by Tom Kelly
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    Akai Chorus
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    Wayfaring Stranger Improvisation
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    Piano Improvisation #1 (Acoustic)
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Annette Fihlon „Vielfarben „ ′′ Variety of colors ′′

Click this address to hear the music:"Soundscape 13 - Bursts of color" is my music composition setting of Annette Fihlon's photo of…
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Soundscape !!" Soundscape 11 - Well-pruned asymmetric Three Part form" is my very short music composition setting…
Jun 20, 2020
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"I just donated also !"
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Norbert Oldani replied to Gav Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"I would be wiling to donate more than 10 % per year. When I was active here years ago, I used to donate."
Aug 5, 2019

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Web, Choir, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
As a composer - electronic
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Utica, New York USA
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
If I had not retired from teaching my answer to the above question,"Is music your main income source? *, would have been "Sort Of -Music Related".
  My personal musical creed:
        To create a music which is instrumentally expressive and which uses mainly electronic instrumental technology and which is also based on contemporary acoustical knowledge and mathematics.

I taught at Mohawk Valley CC in Utica, New York and elsewhere (presently retired).
    Birth: Detroit, Michigan U.S.A. in 1936.
        1. Master's degree from the University of Detroit (in Mathematics)
        2. Undergraduate Music study at Columbia University
        3. Graduate music study at Suny in Buffalo, New York.
    Performing Interests:
        Piano,Choir and Electronic machines.
    Some things I did:
        Compositions for lectures and demonstrations for music humanities classes, clubs, church groups and professional associations in math,computing,etc.
        Compositions for R.S.Thompson and the Georgia State University Galleries for their International Exibition of Sound art.
        A composition in just intonation for "Other Music" in San Francisco, California
        An article,"Classical Techniques Revisited" was published in the Journal of the Just Intonation Network. A paper entitled "A Generalization of Helmholtz's Model to Nineteen-tone Equal Temperament" published in now defunct "Interval", the Journal of Music Reseach and Development, vol #3,, Wnnter,1986.
        "Mozartfest" a piece composed in 1991 for MVCC's celebration of Mozart's birthday.
        Six compositions, some from fractal formula, as student learning pieces for Stephen Arnold, the director the computer music studios at the University of Glasgow,Scotland in 1998.
        "Expect the Unexpected", a composition for the Work Overature Project of the Festival Synthese Bourges 2004 at Bourges,France.
        Compositions for the program "Playing it by Ear" which was a weekly series on station WCVF in 1987.
        Some pieces for Miguel Azguime's radio progam "Miso Musica Portugal" broadcast from Parede,Portugal. The program was sponsored by the International Society of Contemporary Music.
        Compositions for Neva Pilgrim's program, "Fresh Ink", on WCNY-FM & elsewhere in 1999, 2002,2006 , 2007 and 2009. The progam is partially sponsored by the Society for New Music.
        "Isaiah Said" for Caos-Sonsocp in their project "Festival Zeppelin" in Barcelona, Spain in 2004.
        Electronic works for "IF", the ImprovFriday website, on a weekly basis 2010, 2012.
        Electronic works and piano impovisations for Soundin on a weekly basis 2012,2013 and 2014 .
        Electronic works for "Postminimal, Totalalist,etc..." group, teaching pieces for Robert Martin's scales on "Microtonal Theory and Music" group and several other  groups on the Face Book website at times in  2011,2012 and 2013 to the present time.
        Some music settings of paintings of Michael Haffka 2011 and on going.      
         Some electronic works were aired on Don Campeau's radio program,KOWS-lp Community Radio in California, U.S.A. and elsewhere in 2011.
         Piano improvisations on the the day's hymns 2012 thru 2018 every Sunday morning at 7:30 A.M and Communion for the parish congregation

 " Shadoeland" is a musical setting of Frank Ettenberg's photo of his painting, "Shadowland". My setting uses Kyma grains,Akai percussive color and Ilio vowels , and a DX&IID texture.  I improvised the melodic material and counter pointed it with Record.

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At 1:44am on August 27, 2011, Paulo cesar Maia de Aguiar (Br) said…
Amazing works
At 7:00am on May 25, 2011, Emily Bond said…
Hi Norbert, thanks for asking.  I haven't found a violinist yet, but I've been really busy.  I decided to change the name to Nocturne, sort of a cover-all name because I can't think of anything else.  I'm a bit nervous about getting the "right" violinist, never having done such a thing before.
At 7:15am on May 7, 2011, Emily Bond said…
Thank you, Norbert.  I gave it this title because it was to accompany a reading of Rilke's poem "Lament," but I do think you're right that isn't quite what the piece is expressing.  And I do need to venture out into my music community and find some reliable instrumentalists.
At 3:22pm on April 29, 2011, Beth Patterson said…
Hi norbert, thanks for adding me as a friend. You have some really interesting work.quite a variety too.happy composing!
At 10:13pm on February 19, 2011, Lennart Östman said…
Thanks for adding me as a friend Norbert. I find your music interesting and look forward to exploring it further!
At 6:30am on February 9, 2011, Andrew Gleibman said…

Hi Norbert, thanks for your friend request. Your Resurrection, with these portamento clusters (if I am not mistaken) is very interesting and keeping attention, I believe this is a genre called Lounge misic, or Ambient. Is it improvisation as well? Impressing!

At 1:11am on January 26, 2011, Ryan Chapman said…


I enjoyed your musical compositions.  Silverlake reminds me of Vangelis.  When you compose, do you have preconceived notions as to what you will write or is it an experiment with sound until you come across something that peaks your interest to develop further.


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What is meant by "A plug-in is needed to display this content" ? After being inactive on this site for some time my music posts are being blocked from playing. ?


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