ASIMO was commissioned by the Sycamore Community Schools, Abby Hinson and James Blankenship, directors.
ASIMO is the name of a robot that was created by Honda in the early 20th century. It was designed to mimic human movements, able to walk, run, dance, play sports, and manipulate objects with its hands. ASIMO even conducted the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on one occasion. This robot was a breakthrough in robotics, but in retrospect, its movements may feel a bit stilted and mechanical. This piece imagines that the entire ensemble is a robot with many moving parts that gradually figure out how to work together. In the beginning, fragments of disjointed musical lines jump around from instrument to instrument, like gears and pistons lining up and firing. A longer melodic line is introduced in the brass while the woodwinds continue a quirky mechanical accompaniment. As the piece continues, it gradually gains energy, like a battery charging, increasing in tempo once and then again to a frightening speed.
This piece is "grade flexible," and exists with grade 2 and grade 4 parts for most instruments that can be mixed and matched. This piece was commissioned for a band festival to be performed by a combined middle and high school ensemble. Parts with letters are grade 2 and parts with numbers are grade 4.
Duration: ca 4'
- 2 Flutes, 1 Oboe, 1 Bassoon
- 2 Clarinets, 1 Bass Clarinet
- 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
- 2 Trumpets in Bb, 2 Horns in F, 2 Trombones, 1 Euphonium, 1 Tuba
- Timpani, 7 Percussion