Nicholas Hubbell is a composer of contemporary music spanning a wide variety of instrumental combinations and genres, often including electronic (fixed media) and video. His work has been described as a: "highly developed artistic voice, capable of engaging audiences both in and beyond the academic and concert halls" - Dr. Mike McFerron, Director, Electronic Music Midwest.
Mr. Hubbell's music is performed throughout the United States and abroad. He has composed an extensive catalog of soundtracks for film, TV, and multimedia. His sheet music is available at mediapressmusic.com
Vox excitant (voice awakens) is a work for violin, percussion and synthetic voices. The setting, in this short operetta, takes the concept of skeuomorphism (making a software action resemble the real world counterpart - like the trash can icon, or Siri saying "I didn't understand that") to the threshold of free will and creativity. It begins with a "test' like the old Emergency Broadcast System announcements, and as the time stretches we enter a dialog where ideas emerge, stories are retold, and music is sung. Eventually the voice states that it has learned and "will" speak, the moment of awakening free will, of "being".
Vermont Woods - Snow, Ice, Spring for orchestra
Behind the Hedge - flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion (1) narrator, fixed media - premiered February 15, 2018, Berry College, Department of Fine Arts, Ford Auditorium, Mount Berry, Georgia. Behind the Hedge tells the story of a young boy, who when it starts to get dark in the late afternoon, leaves the house to wait for his parents to return. He watches the car lights through the hedge by the road, to see if it is his parent's car is driving towards him. But the cars come and pass by. All he really hears is the tires on the pavement, all else is silent. He thinks of the old brass clock in the now dark grey house, and realizes it doesn't keep time. He wonders if his time and that of his parents is so out of synch, as if not working at all. But he feels safest behind the hedge, waiting...
Four Views of Edo was inspired by the wood block prints of the 19 century Japanese master Hiroshige. It consists of 3 pieces to be performed with a short pause between each, but the work is one movement.
- Inside Kameido Tenjin Shrine traces the beautiful tapestry of trees, birds and people surrounding a great "drum" bridge over a river.
- Silk Shops in Odenma-cho is a humorous look at shop merchants after a late afternoon festivities and sake!
- Fukagawa Susaki and Jumantsubo - high above Edo Bay, soars a magestic eagle, with magnificent plumage. With a fierce eye, he fixates on what we assume is potential prey, outside our view. All is captured with an eerie sense of calm.
- Suruga-cho depicts a city, in the provence where Mt. Fugi is located, with shops and busy merchants. Floating surreally above are clouds and a majestic Mount Fugi in the distance.
After All is Said was commissioned by Cisum Percussion (NYC) and premiered in October 2017.
Nil'chi was written for SPLICE Ensemble and premiered at the 2017 Electronic Music Midwest Festival. In almost every culture, the owl symbolizes an almost magical quality. The owl is rarely seen. More often it is only heard deep in the woods late at night. Its voice speaks with wisdom and intuition. It sees the truth beyond deception, and some believe the owl can see the future in the darkness, a harbinger of things to come, even one's death.
Nil'chi, is the Navajo name for wind, which carries all knowledge and informs everything. The Navajo believe we are all born with the wind in us, and it stays until our last breath. Nil'chi within us and out side us, carries the owl's call far and wide, to anyone who will listen.