LYLE
HOPKINS

UPCOMING

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WORK

Idioglossia [2020] is a piece for solo pizzicato double bass composed by Duncan Maunders. More information coming soon.

no presh [2019-present] is a series of ambient music videos created in collaboration with visual artist Marleau Marleau.

Instagram 014 [2020] is an attempt at creating a pedagogical virtual instrument on Instagram. The post consists of 8 videos. What you hear: 8 sine waves tuned to the frequencies of a C major scale plus octave. What you see: 3 colours denoting diatonic function (blue: tonic triad, green: subdominant triad, red: dominant triad). Improvise counterpoint with a friend or conduct your family through a harmonic progression right from the comfort of your Instagram app.

Marina's Structure [2017] is a structured improvisatory composition for cellist Marina Hasselberg, laptop, and loudspeaker. Instructions are delivered through a series of scripted audio sequences that are triggered by Marina's decision-making. Form is influenced by Marina as she navigates through the piece with varied or repeated playthroughs resulting in alternate instructions.

Pillow Talk [2017] features vocalist Emma Postl, violinist Stefan Thordarson, and myself.

Text Structure [2016] is a structured improvisatory composition for small or large ensemble, laptop, and digital projector. The composition facilitates the organization of musical elements, including pitch, duration, dynamics, timbre, texture, space, form, silence, and power, in real-time via projection of the conductor's text-based instructions. In live performances the audience receives their own text instructions.

Lyle Hopkins 6 [2016] features Gabriel Dávila, Tony Glausi, Joshua Hettwer, Matt Hettwer, Ken Mastrogiovanni, and myself.

Sound Structure [2015] is a structured improvisatory composition for small ensemble. Form is influenced by the performers via aural cues. Strategies vary.

Joni Variations [2014] is a structured improvisatory composition for small ensemble. Form is influenced by the performers. Text by Joni Mitchell.

Colour Variations [2014] is a structured improvisatory composition for three performers. The piece explores the distinct groupings of solos [Red; Yellow; Blue], duos [Red, Yellow; Yellow, Blue; Blue, Red], and trios [Red, Yellow, Blue] within the ensemble.

Duet Variations [2014] is a structured improvisatory composition for three performers. The piece explores the three distinct combinations of duos [P1, P2; P2, P3; P3, P1] within the ensemble.

ABOUT

I'm a bassist and electronic musician living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I'm interested in improvisation, generative music, and memes. If you want, you can follow me on Instagram, look at my C.V., or send me an email.

I offer private music instruction from my studio located in Vancouver’s West End. My teachable subjects include double bass, bass guitar, improvisation, composition, ear training, and music theory. Please send me an email if you would like to schedule a lesson.