Electronic Etude No. 1 synthesizes sine tones and processes the sounds of a trumpet during a live performance. The processed sounds include the harmonization of the trumpet. This harmonization takes the trumpet’s sound and bends it to create harmonies of 2nds, 3rds, 5ths and octaves above and below the sounding trumpet pitches. The harmonization appears in a number of ways ranging from simple imitation to high-speed, randomized counterpoint. The sine tones create an atmosphere of reflection, while the live trumpet and harmonizations steadily increase in tension to a climactic moment that ends suddenly with a low sine tone. This tone creates a wall that the frantic trumpet and harmonizations run into, stopping the frenzied momentum in its tracks. The closing material is somber in nature with a gloomy reflective sine tone progression ending the work.
Ben Robichaux (b.1991) is a dedicated composer whose interest for expanding his compositional style has always been a top priority. His compositions include works for band, choir, string quartet, solo piano, electronic playback and several chamber ensemble combinations. His music has been performed at the Atlantic Music Festival, the 2016 NACUSA/SCI Snapshot Conference, 2016 Society of Composers, Incorporated National Conference, the 2017 SCI Region IV Conference, and the Electrobrass II Conference. His band music has been performed by the Nicholls State University Wind Ensemble, the E.D. White Catholic High School Band, the Bayou Community Band, and the University of Georgia Concert Band. His choral music has been performed by the Academy of Voices of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Dekalb Choral Guild of Atlanta, Georgia, and the Repertory Singers of the University of Georgia. He received a Master's Degree in Music Composition at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia in 2016. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana in 2014. He has studied composition with Natalie Williams, Leonard V. Ball, Peter Van Zandt Lane, and Adrian Childs. He is currently pursuing a DMA at the University of Georgia.