UNT’s Premier Electronics Sextet…
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Pierre Jax, Noah Salem, Michael Casiano, JD Fuller, Andrew Rubio, & Nolen Liu
Just The TRS! is the premier Electronics Sextet of North Texas State University / The University of North Texas’ Electronics program. Formed in Fall 2022 as a subgroup within CEMI’s E^2 Electronics Ensemble, Just The TRS! showed their range early on with a performance of Iannis Xenakis’ Mycenae Alpha and Arvo Pärt’s Spiegal im Spiegal. The group, at the time comprised of Noah Salem, Andrew Rubio, Pierre Jax, Micheal Casiano, and JD Fuller, then composed pieces for different subsets of other members to perform at a December concert. Most notable was the performance’s cold-open, Losing Control, a No-Input-Mixer Quartet piece written by Noah Salem. Since then, Just The TRS! has cold-opened every E2 concert.
Most subgroups of the E2 ensemble don’t continue to meet after their final performance, but The TRS worked so well together, that they have continued to meet and regularly perform. In Spring 2023, the group added Nolen Liu to the group, and formally became no longer an ensemble subgroup but an independent Electronics Sextet. Nolen’s recruitment to the group also added the “!”; Just The TRS! has performed in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theatre, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, and most frequently in MU2009. The group has been under the formal direction of J. Andrew Smith (Fall ’22) and Patrick Reed (Spring ’23), being guided in electro-acoustic improvisation, live electronic performance, and electronic orchestration.
In Summer 2023, Just The TRS! is conducting a Call For Scores, and will perform and record selected submissions in Fall 2023.
This webpage is constantly being updated, and there is almost always some youtube video scheduled to release soon- if you would like any information or resources from Just The TRS!, or have any questions, shoot us an email at [email protected]
April 28th, 2023 – E2 Final Concert
April 18th, 2023 – Live at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios
March 9th, 2023 – E2 Midterm Concert
October 31st, 2022 – @ E2 Midterm Concert
“Spiegal im Spiegal” by Arvo Pärt
“Mycenae Alpha” by Iannis Xenakis
Row 1: infinite waters @ E2 Spring ’23 Final Concert (OSC + VCV Rack) /// PHOENIX by Michael Casiano from Fall ’22 Final Concert
Row 2: Electronic Improvisation from Fall ’22 in Studio 2009 /// finite waters @ Composer’s Forum @ Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios
Row 3: Bank G by JD Fuller @ Fall ’22 Final Concert /// The Beginning and End Of The Universe @ Spring ’23 Midterm Concert @ MEIT
Row 1: The Beginning & End Of The Universe (in Bb) /// Losing Control by Noah Salem, NIMB Quartet
Row 2: Houston by JD Fuller, Navigated by Michael Casiano /// IASITOR by JD Fuller, Interface Feedback Sextet
These pieces were recorded May 2023 in Studio 2009 to showcase some of our sounds & skills for reference to those participating in our 2023 Call for Score, see the tab above for more details!
This tab is meant to showcase just briefly some of the music that the members of Just The TRS! create as solo composers or in other group settings. These videos will change as the composer/performer members of the group decide that different pieces are representative of their individual styles.
Row 1: Pierre Jax : Quartet For a Stride /// Noah Salem : Pauline Oliveros’ Follow Yourself /// Michael Casiano : DESCARTES’ DREAM
Row 2: JD Fuller : Performance @ IRCAM /// Andrew Rubio : Theremini on Bank G /// Nolen Liu : performing field test w/ JD as Octothorpe