PAUL RUDOLPH (composer): Paul Rudolph is a composer, arranger, instrument builder, and vocal music director/recordist for “Sesame Street”, where he received Emmy nominations for Music Direction in 2009 and 2013. He attended the University of Illinois for an M.S. in Music Composition. Paul’s passion for music composition melds into the “found-object” instrument realm, where he designs/builds musical oddities from industrial materials such as saw blades, artillery shells, and motorcycle gears. These instruments are a key element of the music in his percussion performance art group GLANK, and some were featured in excerpts of Martin Robinson’s Halloween Project at the O’Neill Puppetry Conference in 2013. PaulRudolphMusic.com
STATEMENT BY COMPOSER PAUL RUDOLPH
I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough when Marty asked me to work on All Hallows Eve. His incredible writing, innate sense of direction, and out-and-out “out-there-ness” truly inspire me. The direction Marty has given to me is really fun to compose for: a gothic-rock-opera and underscore of dialogue with other-worldly sounds. The live ensemble includes a rhythm section at its core, plus additional sonorities from pipe organ, low woodwinds, cello, unique GLANK instruments, and atmospheric sounds. The live vocals are affected as well, to give them another layer of disturbed-ness. And Marty’s vision of using a band on stage as part of the performance is a gift to a composer as well: I relish the thought of allowing the audience to see the direct interaction of musicians and on-stage performers.