The study, practice, and art of writing music for an orchestra (or, more loosely, for any musical ensemble). This term includes techniques such as Extreme Registers.



Ronald Bruce Smith’s “Constellation for orchestra and live electronics,” produced in collaboration between Berkeley Symphony and UC Berkeley’s Center for Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT).

The World Premiere was given by the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Kent Nagano on November 10, 2000; it was revised in 2003.


En círculo

En círculo (2008) for alto saxophone, clarinet/bass clarinet, horn, trumpet, trombone, double bass, percussion, and piano
duration, 18'
excerpt performed by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players

Listening to me practice the piano in this piece, my sister said, “I hear all sorts of natural sounds, things blowing, shaking, leaves rustling, waves rolling”.



For full orchestra and computer
In association with the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), UC Berkeley

Selected Performance History:

American Composers Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, March 17, 2006 (premiere)
American Composers Orchestra, Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, March 18
Berkeley Symphony with Kent Nagano, June, 2006 (Full Orchestral Version)


Hold That Thought

HOLD That Thought for string orchestra and computer driven electronics

Hold that Thought, Gaunajuato Symphony, Mexico (premiere),
Hold that Thought, University Symphony, Berkeley