Exploded ensemble
songs in the key of what

Exploded Ensemble is Carnegie Mellon University's experimental music research wing.  In creating our concerts we consider an "exploded view" of how music is composed, performed, and presented - examining the details of each piece and part before putting it back together.  Our Spring concert for 2017, Songs in the key of What, presents new electro-acoustic arrangements of songs and compositions from a wide variety of artists including the Computer Music pioneer Laurie Spiegel, the experimental Icelandic group Múm, and California noise-rap group Death Grips, as well as original works.

Jake Churilla - voice
Gladstone Deluxe - percussion & electronics
Palmer D'Orazio - alto sax & vocals
Ryan Flint - trombone
Tyler Harper - Eb clarinet, tenor sax
Samir Gangwani - horn
Kate Guy - trumpet
Steven Krenn - electric guitar
Ivy Lucas - euphonium, vocals
Alexander Panos - electronics, sound design, vocals
Donovan Powers - baritone sax & vocals
Albert Tomasso - keyboards
Alexander Woskob - Moog synthesizer
Jeena Yin - keyboards, Moog synthesizer

Alex Reed & Adam Thomson - Visuals & set design

Lance LaDuke & Jesse Stiles - directors

Jesse Stiles - Cloud Control
featuring David Harding

"This video is on the subject of psycho-kinesis weather control, mind over matter I have found that I have the ability to control clouds in the sky, making them shrink or grow, also controlling the wind and uh this ability of weather control is something I was actually aware of it back in the 1980's I noticed I could do it you can watch my videos I have a number of videos where I demonstrate shrinking clouds, making clouds grow making hole in cloud, you know, controlling the wind, again by psychic pysco-kinesis energy I do believe it isn't just me who can do this I think a lot of people can do it it's just we're told in school by scientists such things are impossible, mind over matter is laughed at and scientists of course know everything, right?"
- Youtube user revelation13net


Bon Iver - Heavenly Father
Arranged by Palmer D'Orazio

Bon Iver is an American indie folk band founded in 2007 by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon.  Heavenly Father was written for Zach Braff’s 2014 film Wish I Was Here.



Theodore Teichman - Triptych

This is the middle movement, Viridian Dusk, from the piece TRIPTYCH. This work overall explores the moments of stillness and introspection through the soliloquy of the performer and their psyche, using music as a form of prayer.


Múm - Ballad of the Broken Birdie Records
Arranged by Ivy Lucas


Laurie Spiegel - East River Dawn
Arranged by Jeena Yin



Death Grips - Get Got
Arranged by Alexander Panos

Death Grips is an experimental hip hop group from Sacramento, California, formed in 2010. The group consists of rapper/vocalist Stefan Burnett (also known as MC Ride), drummer Zach Hill, and producer/electronic musician Andy Morin.

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