Violin, Bass Clarinet, Cello, Piano, pre-recorded nature sounds.  2010/11

duration: 7’

Premiered by Redshift on June 29, 2011 in Galapagos, Brooklyn. 

Program Notes:

Sonic Tapestry Communications captures fictitious conversations between animal sounds found in the audio track entitled "Bears" by Kathy Turko with a small catalogue of iconic sounds I composed for each instrument in the Redshift quartet (violin, bass clarinet, cello, and piano sometimes played with guitar picks).  There exists a rich 60-year history of music composed for live musicians with fixed media.  One essential issue that keeps returning in this history is spontaneity: finding ways to make the fixed part sound as spontaneous as the performing musicians. 

In this work I imagine each composed sound in conversation with an animal sound on the tape; ranging from individual sounds, to conversations of sounds, to tapestries of conversations.   This piece was written in October 2010, commissioned by Redshift, and is dedicated to my maman. 

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