Rodney Waschka II
Rodney Waschka II is an American composer known for his algorithmic compositions and his theatrical works.
Waschka studied at Brooklyn College, at the Institute of Sonology, then newly part of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and earned his doctorate at the University of North Texas. His teachers include Larry Austin at the University of North Texas, Charles Dodge (composer) at Brooklyn College, and Paul Berg, Clarence Barlow, Joel Ryan and George Lewis (trombonist) at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. He also studied with Robert Ashley.
His music has been performed throughout the world including numerous instances at the annual International Computer Music Conference, at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the US festival, at the World Saxophone Congress in Montreal, and various other venues including Merkin Concert Hall in New York, the Sheremetev Palace and Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, the International Review of Composers in Belgrade, the Purcell Room in London, Hong Kong City Hall, and the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.
Performances and publications
Waschka's performances and recordings are regularly reviewed in Computer Music Journal (MIT Press), the Classical Voice of North Carolina  and Fanfare. Reviews have appeared in Journal SEAMUS, Technology Review, and other journals. A lengthy interview with Waschka appeared in 21st-Century Music, in December, 2007, conducted by Tom Moore.
Waschka has written articles on techniques used in his music and on other topics. Explanations of his notable work on composing with genetic algorithms appear in the book, Evolutionary Computer Music. He has performed music by Allen Strange, Pertti Jalava, Mansoor Hosseini, himself, and others.
Belgrade Overture, for orchestra, recorded by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Mikel Toms, conductor, on “Orchestral Masters”, Cincinnati: Ablaze Records, AR 00015, 2013.
Winter Concerto, for trumpet, piano, and strings, recorded by the London Schubert Players chamber orchestra, Huw Morgan, trumpet soloist, on “A European Odyssey”, Wyastone, England: Nimbus Records, NI6195, 2013.
Singing in Traffic for soloist and electronic computer music, recorded by Jonathan Kramer, cello, on “CHASS Creates”, Raleigh: North Carolina State University, 2012.
Winter Concerto, for trumpet, piano, and strings, recorded by the London Schubert Players chamber orchestra, Huw Morgan, trumpet soloist, on “As You Like It”, London: RMA 003, 2013.
Reminded of Dickens, electronic computer music, on “60x60 2006-2007”, New York: Vox Novus, VN-002, 2008.
String Quartet: Laredo, Ravel Remembers Fascism (cello alone), Six Folksongs from an Imaginary Country (viola alone), Xuan Men (violin alone, Russian version), and String Quartet: Ha! Fortune. Recorded by the Nevsky String Quartet on the disc, "Music for Strings" Capstone Records CPS-8781, 2007.
Singing in Traffic, for soloist and electronic computer music, recorded by Steve Duke, saxophone, on "Evolutionary Computation" compact disc. London and Berlin: Springer, 2007.
Summer Concerto for alto saxophone and Symphony Band, recorded by Phillip Barham and the Tennessee Tech Symphony Band, Joseph Hermann, director. Volume XII of the "America's Tribute to Adolphe Sax Series". Arizona University Recordings disc (AUR 3129), 2007.
Saint Ambrose a chamber opera in one act for saxophonist/actor and recorded electronic computer music. Recorded by Steve Duke on Capstone Records CPS-8708, 2002.
Still Life with Castanets, electronic computer music, released on "Presence III" CD, Montreal: PeP 005, 2002.
Visions of Habakkuk, electronic computer music, released on CDCM Computer Music Series, Vol. 24, "The Composer in the Computer Age--VII", Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Centaur Records compact disc, (CRC 2310), 1996.
Xuan Men, for violin alone, recorded by Bruce Berg on the CDCM Computer Music Series, Vol. 16, "The Composer in the Computer Age--II", Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Centaur Records compact disc, (CRC 2193), 1994.
Help Me Remember, for soloist (percussion, voice, computer) and electronic computer music, recorded by Waschka for the CDCM Computer Music Series, Vol. 14, "The Virtuoso in the Computer Age--IV", Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Centaur Records compact disc, (CRC2170), 1993.
Last Night for alto saxophone and piano recorded by Phillip Barham, sax, Yumi Mayama-Livesay, piano; on CDCM Computer Music Series, Vol. 11 "The Virtuoso in the Computer Age - II"; Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Centaur Records compact disc (CRC 2133), 1992.
A Noite, Porem, Rangeu E Quebrou for string bass and electronic computer music, recorded by George Dimitri, string bass, on the CDCM Computer Music Series, Vol. 9 "... musics, metaphors, machines..."; Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Centaur Records compact disc (CRC 2078) 1991.
More Adult Music and This Is Music As It Was Expected, Composer: Antonio Ferreira; Text: Waschka and Ferreira. Recorded by Waschka (voice) on "LOW FIDELITY MUSIC", Lisbon, Portugal: Ama Romanta Records (AR 05) 1988. Rereleased on Plancton Records, 2002.
Euwe Suite and Runes, electronic computer music, released on "Cartography". Canton, Texas: IRIDA Records (IRIDA 0007), USA, 1986.
- http://www.ncsu.edu/music/bios/waschka.html North Carolina State University
- http://www.nccomputermusic.com/ North Carolina Computer Music Festival
- http://media.www.technicianonline.com/media/storage/paper848/news/2006/03/02/Features/A.New.Type.Of.Music-1650169.shtml "A new type of music: Carolina Computer Musical Festival features computerized music", Josh Bowes, Tecnichian Online, March 2nd 2006
- "Rodney Waschka II: Saint Ambrose", Mary Simoni, Computer Music Journal Vol. 31 Issue 3 (MIT Press)
- "An Incomplete Diskography of Computer Music" Stephen Travis Pope Computer Music Journal Vol. 17 Issue 4
- "Rodney Waschka II: Saint Ambrose, A Chamber Opera in One Act", John Lambert, Classical Voice of North Carolina.
- http://www.21st-centurymusic.com/ML210712.pdf "An Interview with Rodney Waschka II"
- "Composing with Genetic Algorithms: GenDash", in Evolutionary Computer Music, Miranda, Eduardo Reck; Biles, John Al (Editors) 2007, XIV, 259 p. With CD-ROM., Softcover, ISBN 978-1-84628-599-8.