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2015 New Music Holiday Gift Guide

It’s this time of year. Here is our 2015 New Music Holiday Gift Guide: our selection of new music gifts for new music lovers.

They are organized in categories and in a single page. Happy holidays!

Accessories, Instruments, Hardware, and Software

Floating Record Vertical Turntable

Gramovox Floating Record

Gramovox Floating Record

A high-performance turntable that plays your records vertically through built-in, dynamic, full-range stereo speakers. Get ready to spin vinyl right out of the box.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with Staffpad

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with Staffpad

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with Staffpad

Microsoft Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – 128GB / Intel Core i5 – 12.3-inch PixelSense touchscreen display 6th Gen Intel Core m3, i5, or i7 Surface Pen included Windows 10 Pro.
StaffPad is a notation app designed to take advantage of the advanced pen and touch input found on Microsoft Surface and other compatible Windows 10 devices. As you write notation using the pen, StaffPad recognises your handwritten music and converts it into a score which you can further edit, playback, print and share. StaffPad combines the best of working on paper with the best of working digitally.

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Sibelius 8

Sibelius 8

Sibelius 8

Sibelius 8 is the latest generation of world’s best-selling music notation software, with powerful, yet easy-to-use tools trusted and used by composers, arrangers, publishers, educators, and students worldwide.

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Finale 2014

Finale 2014

Finale 2014

Creating your musical legacy starts with Finale. Easily arrange or compose publisher-quality music notation that plays back with world-class sounds, and share the results.

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Heet Sound PLUSEBOW Plus E-bow for Guitar

Ebow Electronic Bow for Guitar

Ebow Electronic Bow for Guitar

The E-Bow is a hand-held device that uses electro-magnetism to create amazing sound effects on electric guitar. The small battery-powered unit replaces the pick in the right hand letting the guitarist mimic strings, horns, and woodwinds with unbelievable sensitivity.

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PageFlip Cicada Bluetooth Pedal Automatic Page Turner

PageFlip Cicada Bluetooth Pedal Automatic Page Turner

PageFlip Cicada Bluetooth Pedal Automatic Page Turner

The PageFlip Cicada is a wireless Bluetooth pedal designed to meet the needs of musicians who struggle with the challenge and inconvenience of page turning. By simply tapping the dual pedal of the PageFlip Cicada, digital content (e.g., PDF files) can now be flipped or scrolled in either the forward or reverse directions for convenient hands-free reading on iPad/Android tablets and Windows/Mac/Linux computers.

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The Arduino Starter Kit

The Arduino Starter Kit (Official Kit from Arduino with 170-page Arduino Projects Book)

The Arduino Starter Kit (Official Kit from Arduino with 170-page Arduino Projects Book)

The Official Arduino Starter Kit walks you through the basics of using the Arduino in a hands-on way. You’ll learn through building several creative projects. The kit includes a selection of the most common and useful electronic components with a 170-page book of 15 projects. Starting the basics of electronics, to more complex projects, the kit will help you control the physical world with sensor and actuators.
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Albums

Unremembered by Sarah Kirkland Snider

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“Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Unremembered is an hour-long, thirteen-part song cycle for seven voices, chamber orchestra, and electronics, inspired by poems and illustrations by published writer and visual artist Nathaniel Bellows.”

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The Source by Ted Hearne

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“Ted Hearne, composer, singer, and bandleader, wrote this modern-day oratorio for seven musicians and four singers. The Source tells the life and story of the US Army Private who leaked thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning.”

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Anthracite Fields by Julia Wolfe

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“Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields is a lovingly detailed oratorio about turn-of-the-20th-century Pennsylvania coal miners, and a fitting recipient of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Weaving together personal interviews that she conducted with miners and their families, along with oral histories, speeches, rhymes and local mining lore, Wolfe sought to honor the working lives of Pennsylvania’s anthracite region.”

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Don’t Look Back by Jenny Olivia Johnson

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Don’t Look Back, composer Jenny Olivia Johnsons solo debut album, explores early childhood and adolescent trauma. The albums five musical works scored for voice, small chamber ensemble, and electronic sounds profile characters undergoing the emotional aftermath of extreme experiences. While these subject matters might seem dark, Don’t Look Back acknowledges what it means to overcome darkness, and how difficult experiences can indelibly reshape one’s perceptual abilities in eerily beautiful ways.”

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Pheromone by Meerenai Shim

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“Featuring all electro-acoustic works by Eli Fieldsteel, Gregory C. Brown, Emma O’Halloran, Douglas Laustsen, Isaac Schankler, and Matthew Joseph Payne, Pheromone is flutist Meerenai Shim’s third album and the debut release for her newly-formed record label Aerocade Music.”

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Filament by eighth blackbird

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“eighth blackbird’s Filament includes a selection of four world premiere recordings plus a concert performance of Philip Glass’s influential Two Pages. Filament offers first recordings of Bryce Dessner’s Murder Ballades, Nico Muhly’s Doublespeak, and short pieces by Son Lux.”

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In the Light of Air: ICE Performs Anna Thorvaldsdottir

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In the Light of Air is a tetralogy of works by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottír that together form a unified structure, written for viola, cello, harp, piano, percussion & electronics. This release, featuring the International Contemporary Ensemble, is a Blu-Ray Audio + CD release.”

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Music for Wood and Strings by Bryce Dessner

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Music for Wood and Strings is the official follow-up to Bryce Dessner’s 2013 solo debut Ahyem. The album features the long-form composition of the same name, written for and performed by So Percussion.”

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So There by Ben Folds (featuring yMusic)

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So There consists of eight chamber pop songs with yMusic and a 21-minute piano concerto performed with the Nashville Symphony. Ben Folds meeting and recording with yMusic became the bridge between the classically themed concerto and the contemporary chamber rock songs that live in harmony on So There. The combination is an inspired body of work on both small and grand scales.”

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Tundra Songs by Kronos Quartet

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Tundra Songs features Kronos Quartet in a trio of works by Canadian composer Derek Charke. Guest artist Tanya Tagaq, the Polaris Prize-winning Inuit throat singer, appears on the 30-minute title track. The disc also includes Cercle du Nord III which, like Tundra Songs, incorporates environmental sounds from northern Canada; and four of Charke’s series of Inuit Throat Song Games.”

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Render by Roomful of Teeth

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“Building on the group’s Grammy Award-winning 2012 release, Render pulls at intricate subtleties with a patient, artistic breadth, at the same time displaying the athletic virtuosity of the group’s members.”

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Books

Something I Heard by Bernard Holland

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“A collection of reviews and essays by Bernard Holland, classical music critic for the New York Times from 1981 to 2008.”

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Behind Bars: The Definitive Guide to Music Notation by Elaine Gould

Elaine Gould: Behind Bars: The Definitive Guide to Music Notation

“Behind Bars is the indispensable reference book for composers, arrangers, teachers and students of composition, editors, and music processors. In the most thorough and painstakingly researched book to be published since the 1980s, specialist music editor Elaine Gould provides a comprehensive grounding in notational principles.”

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The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook

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“In The Song Machine, longtime New Yorker staff writer John Seabrook tells the story of the massive cultural upheaval that produced today’s new, super-strength hits. Seabrook takes us into a strange and surprising world, full of unexpected and vivid characters, as he traces the growth of this new approach to hit-making from its obscure origins in early 1990s Sweden to its dominance of today’s Billboard charts.”

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Junkyard Jam Band: DIY Musical Instruments and Noisemakers by David Erik Nelson

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“Making music doesn’t have to be about dropping big bucks in the guitar shop or endlessly fiddling with expensive software. You can make good noise out of bits of wood and wire, plastic and steel. When you build your own instruments, creating your own sound comes naturally. Junkyard Jam Band is a step-by-step guide to making a full array of complete musical projects—no previous carpentry or electronics experience required. Each build includes tips on how to coax the best sounds out of the instrument and encourages you to mod the project to fit your own style.”

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Words Without Music: A Memoir by Philip Glass

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“A world-renowned composer of symphonies, operas, and film scores, Philip Glass has, almost single-handedly, crafted the dominant sound of late-twentieth-century classical music. Yet here in Words Without Music, he creates an entirely new and unexpected voice, that of a born storyteller and an acutely insightful chronicler, whose behind-the-scenes recollections allow readers to experience those moments of creative fusion when life so magically merged with art.”

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