Prairie Creek Trails is an abstract, sonic and video reflection of the natural wonders one can experience hiking on the Prairie Creek Trails located in Redwood National Park. These trails go through some of the oldest redwood groves in existence as well as pass some of the tallest trees in the world. Prairie Creek Trails is an electroacoustic composition that utilizes the following sounds recorded by the composer on or near the trails: sounds of Prairie Creek, Elk bugling (record by the Forest Service), rain in the redwood forest, and bat calls (recorded by Joe Szewczak an associate in the Biology department at Humboldt State University). These sounds combined with pre-recordings of extended techniques for the cello, are processed by a computer patch created by the composer in Pure Data (Pd). For the length of the work, Pd randomly alters a number of playback and video parameters partly affected by the live cello performance, creating a rich and varied accompaniment for the cellist to play along with. The notated portion of the piece written for solo cello, represents the changing sights and sounds on the trail that a hiker may experience walking among the giant redwoods. The recorded sounds processed by Pd are a reflection of the unseen life-force present everywhere in the forest.
Brian Post has been teaching composition at Humboldt State University since the fall of 1998. He has received M.M. and a D.A. degrees in Theory and Composition from the University of Northern Colorado. Recent works include; composing the film score for “The Music Inside” a dramatic full-length feature film starring Amy Redford, Mary Ellen Trainor, and Brian Wimmer, “Stricken” a cross discipline work that incorporates dance, digitally enhanced audio files and midi instruments with multiple performances given in Spain and more recently, incidental music for an ancient East Indian play titled “Shakuntala” which had eight performances in November and December 2012 and earned a Meritorious Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center. Recently in June 2015, Dr. Post composed incidental music for the ancient Chinese play titled “White Snake.” This work consisted of 33 scenes scored with a blend of European and Asian musical styles.
Performer Biographical Sketch
Garrick Woods comes from a family of professional musicians and studied music extensively from his earliest years. While cello remains his primary instrument, he also studied trombone, voice, bass, and conducting. Primary instructors included Mark Votapek, Nancy Green, John Eckstein and Pegsoon Whang, with supplemental instruction during Summers from Pamela Frame, Emílio Colón, Steve Balderston, and Janos Starker. Garrick holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Arizona and completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Utah in 2016.
As a performer, Dr. Woods delivers emotionally stirring performances in various classical genres. He regularly performed as a member of the Tucson Symphony and as a substitute for the Utah and Hawaii Symphonies. Garrick also performed as a studio musician on many television, game, and film soundtracks. He currently holds the title of Assistant Professor at Humboldt State University in California teaching cello and bass as well as directing the Humboldt Symphony.