ANALOG arts operates in three major areas: live events, recordings, and project management.

Edge Study
Bruce Friedman & Motoko Honda

Edge Study is a unique listening experience crafted by veteran trumpet improviser Bruce Friedman in collaboration with keyboardist Motoko Honda. In his liner notes for the album, composer Christian Wolff characterized it as “A kind of extreme music, beautiful in its ‘objective’ presence.”
Monument Piano Trio
Monument Piano Trio

Described as “an ensemble in the truest form of the word”, Monument Piano Trio was founded in 2004 by three friends who love and embrace chamber music. Coming from different award-winning musical backgrounds, each artist in the ensemble brings a unique style to the group, creating a distinctive sound that critics have called “one intricately voiced stream of music, taking the audience through lands of wonder, worry, pleasure and pain.”
Cello Populus
Darius Scoraczewski

Cello Populus is an intimate set of solo cello recordings, featuring music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The music explores the full sonic range of the modern cello. Recorded during the winter, the album is a labor of love by a busy orchestral musician who set aside some time to reconnect with his instrument.
Zodiac Dust
Loop 2.4.3

Zodiac Dust is a 45-minute head trip, a throwback to days of yore when bands like Return to Forever or King Crimson would take listeners on an instrumental sonic adventure. The similarities stop there, though. Zodiac Dust sounds like a collaboration between Harry Partch and Brian Eno, pairing homemade instruments with ambient textures.
IRON COMPOSER Iron Composer is a one-day composition contest that pits five composers against each other, with only five hours to compose a piece of music. The day begins at 9 a.m. with a musical puzzle. The composers are assigned an instrumentation and a secret musical ingredient. They are given a private studio and a box lunch, and they have to use their all of their wits and accumulated skills to complete the challenge in the time allotted.

Previous scorings have featured wind quintet, piano trio, solo organ, and a duo of cello and flute. The secret musical ingredient could be anything from a chord progression to a film clip. Iron Composer has used secret ingredients ranging from Hoyt Axton’s 4-note motif for The Jetsons, to Monet’s Impression, Sunrise, as well as an antique music box built in 1895. The freshly composed pieces are rehearsed and performed on a public concert at 8 p.m., which is broadcast live on WCLV 104.9 FM and simulcast on The first prize is $500 and the title of “Iron Composer”!

Composers from around the world enter to compete in Iron Composer, which was created by Analog Arts in 2007. Since 2009, the contest has been presented on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University. Past judges and emcees have included: Margaret Brouwer, Thomas Wilkins, Hal France, David Gompper, Loris Chobanian, Regina Mushabac, William Daugherty, and Jonathan Moyer.

Past competitors have included: Mari Takano, Yotam Haber, Caroline Mallonée, Marcus Maroney, David Carter, Joe Trapanese, Zvonimir Nagy, and Natalie Williams.

STOCKHAUSEN Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007) was one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Over the course of his five-decade career, Stockhausen created some of the most enduring masterpieces of the contemporary period. From its very first concert, ANALOG arts has committed itself to presenting Stockhausen’s music, and it continues to develop productions of his largely unknown later works from the Light and Sound cycles.

Analog has presented the following Stockhausen compositions:

Aus den Sieben Tagen
Cosmic Pulses*
Eingang und Formel
Gesang der Jünglinge

Outer Space*
Studie I
Studie II
Trompete aus Orchester Finalisten

* U.S. Premiere

ARTSaha! ARTSaha! was Omaha’s new music festival from 2004-2008. ANALOG arts established the festival as an outlet for local artists to collaborate with its diverse roster of partners from around the world. Programs for the festival featured everything from kites to Samuel Beckett and beyond.

Interview with ARTSaha! director Joe Drew: Interview with Joe Drew about Artsaha!