Wally Gunn is a composer living and working in New York who writes concert music, rock music, and music for theater, film and visual art. He likes working with patterns and processes, looking for moments of emergent beauty in the patterns' warp and weft. His music often features canon, echo, hocket, and ostinato—like conversations, or memories of conversations. Wally is currently a doctoral fellow at Princeton University.

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Vicious Children   2014 (09:00)
Wally Gunn
Mobius Percussion
An Evan Chapman Film

The schoolyard and the playground can be places of savagery, where each child must nervously navigate the shifting alliances, the ruthless and cruel scheming, and sometimes the unjustified violence of their fellows. It’s not clear whether these behaviours are learned from grown-ups, or whether they are innate. In any case, they are ubiquitous, and no child escapes them. Vicious Children recalls this struggle with a musical and theatrical narrative of brittle stick clicks and driving drumming, dreamscapes of meditative bells, and grim, sinister nursery rhymes whispered, sung and shouted. The piece was composed for Mobius Percussion.

Vicious Children is published by Long Echo Music
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