Catalog of Compositions by David Means


– Performance Installations –

Pockets of Resistance (1975)

Table-top score for woodwind quartet; commissioned by Mutatis Mutandis.   


Kiosk (1977)

Six foot tower for four instruments and suspended notation. Commissioned for the symposium

"Graphic Music: A Spectrum of Sound and Design", University of Illinois School of Music.


Wall Installation #1 (1978)

For soloist and five connected graphic scores; commissioned by trombonist Jim Staley.


Floorpiece (1978)

 Installation of 36 notated pyramids for mixed quartet; performed at the Walker Art Center,

Minneapolis and elsewhere.


Floorpiece II (1979)

 Installation of 15 notated pyramids for mixed trio; performed at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and elsewhere.


Double Negative (1979)

Floor installation for two players; performed and exhibited at N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago (1979), "Music for Open Spaces", Minneapolis (1979), Tyler Gallery, S.U.N.Y., College at Oswego, New York (1980), Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1980 and 1981), "Parallel Expressions: Music in Architecture/Architecture in Music", Pillsbury Center, Minneapolis (1983); published in Scribing Sound: American Notations Since 1952, by Sylvia Smith (New York: Excelsior, 1990).


Dymax III (1979)

For two players; commissioned by the Sylmar Ensemble through the Minnesota Composers Forum

Bratnober Commissioning Program.


No Immediate Word (1979)

For flute and percussion; commissioned by Lisa Zakrajsek, Northern Illinois University.


Wall Installation #2 (1980)

For soloist and five connected graphic scores; commissioned by flutist John Fonville.


The Gnomes of Zurich (Support System V) (1980)

Outdoor installation for 4 wind instruments and concealed electronics; commissioned by the Walker Art Center for the New Music America - Minneapolis Festival.


America Drinks and Goes Home (1980)

For actor, flute, clarinet, trombone, cello, piano, percussion and concealed electronics; commissioned by the Contemporary Music Project for installation in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Sculpture Court.


The Raw and the Cooked (Support System IV) (1980)

For percussion ensemble surrounded by mylar notation; commissioned by the Northern Illinois University Percussion Ensemble.


Dymaxion Music (1983)

Graphic score, slides, video images and drawings for multi-media performance settings; performed at Roulette November Performance Series, D.K. Studios, Minneapolis (1982).


Dymax VII (1983)

For three groups of percussion; commissioned by the

MacPhail Percussion Ensemble through the Minnesota Composers Forum/Jerome Foundation Composers

Commissioning Program. Also performed by the St. Olaf College Percussion Ensemble, Northfield, Minnesota.


In the Forest of Symbols (1989)

Floor installation for mixed quartet with pre-recorded electronic soundtrack (15 minutes); performed at the Walker Art Center and elsewhere.


Berliner Andenken (1990)

Wall installation for soloist, optional live electronic sound processing, prerecorded soundtrack, graphic scores and animated stereo video score (10 minutes.)


World Without Castles (1990-92)

Performance installation for two players using live and pre-recorded computer and electronic sound, acoustic instruments, spoken and sampled text, live and pre-recorded video images, slide projections and stylized movement; premiered at Roulette, New York City ; included in Documenta IX, Kassell, Germany.


Double Helix (1993)

Free-standing graphic score/tower with kinetic, reflective and photographic notation for two players.


The Rose of Jericho (1993)

Solo performance installation written for Johnny A. Rodriguez. 


In the Garden of Voices (1995)

Performance installation for three players designed for the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden event "At Dusk and Dawn" and Metropolitan State University’s Great Hall of New Main; Version for stage presented at SpaceSpace, Minneapolis.


The Sword of Damocles (1998)

Performance installation for one to four players, amplified kinetic score and optional video.


This World (and then the Fireworks) (2001)

Trio for improvised texts and electronic instruments

Premiered at Roulette Spring Performance Series, New York City.

In collaboration with Wendy Ultan and Steve Goldstein.


Fire in the Lake (2002)

Performance Installation for two players and amplified graphic score.

In collaboration with Warren Burt.


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