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Alex Temple

Chicago, IL      

A sound can evoke a time, a place, a cultural moment, or a way of looking at the world.  Alex Temple writes music that distorts and combines iconic sounds to create new meanings, often in service of surreal, cryptic or fantastical stories.  In addition to performing her own works for voice and electronics at venues such as Roulette and Constellation Chicago, she has also collaborated with performers and ensembles such as Mellissa Hughes, Timothy Andres, the American Composers Orchestra, Fifth House Ensemble, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and Spektral Quartet.  Alex got her BA from Yale University in 2005 and her MA from the University of Michigan in 2007;  she’s currently working on a DMA at Northwestern University and writing a podcast-opera about TV production company closing logos and the end of the world.

Willingly

Alex Temple, “Willingly” (2013)

Lily Floeter, flute
David Chavannes, piano
Alex Temple, electronics
studio recording, 5.26.13

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Willingly

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A Presentation to the Board

Alex Temple, “A Presentation to the Board” (2010)

Eliza Brown, speaker
Alex Temple, electronics
studio recording, 7.2.12

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A Presentation to the Board

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Nineteen

Alex Temple, “Nineteen” (2013)

Mashup of 100 pieces by 100 different composers, one for each year from 1900 to 1999

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Nineteen

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NewMusicBox Articles

Articles November 24 2015 | By Alex Temple
Composers, Performers, and Consent

If we want our collaborations to be satisfying for everyone involved, we need to come up with ways of working together that explicitly address two related questions:  what is each...

Articles January 23 2014 | By Alex Temple
The Appropriation Problem

Discussions of cultural appropriation often frame the problem in one of two ways: in terms of cultural property or in terms of what composers are “allowed” to do. Both of...

Articles January 16 2014 | By Alex Temple
How To Be Culturally Relevant

Whenever I hear words like "relevant" or "important," I always want to ask, "relevant or important to whom?" While I do think the audience for classical music, and new music...

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