Program note: Talking Drum explores a variety of interactions between solo frame drum and computer. The piece moves through multiple sections, each with a distinct interactive profile and sound world. The score is strictly notated but does not adhere to traditional meter. Some sections are timed while others rely on the unfolding of a particular order of events allowing for a certain aleatoric aspect to the music while still dictating a specific large- scale form. The drum's timbre and resonance are examined, evolving into a rhythmic structure and ultimately speaking, spiraling gestures between the acoustic and electronic sound.
James Borchers’s music spans an array of influences from science, visual art, poetry, literature, sacred texts, pop music, and the environment. His pieces incorporate a variety of techniques while retaining a framework that is balanced and transparent in its expression. He writes for a wide range of media including orchestra and chamber music, electronic music, opera, film, and musical theater. He has participated in numerous programs including Tanglewood Music Center, the Wellesley Composers Conference, and Composing Interactive Multimedia at CMMAS, and his music has been performed by groups such as the New York Youth Symphony, the ICE ensemble, the Talujon Percussion Quartet, and American Opera Projects. He holds a Bachelors degree in music performance from the University of Nebraska and two Masters Degrees in both music performance and composition from the Aaron Copland School of music at Queens College in New York. He recently completed a Ph.D. in music composition and theory at Brandeis University and is currently an instructor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in upstate New York.