Rehearsals going well for my new piece ‘Escapement’.
New score (.pdf , 25mb) for eight voices parametrically controlled with noise-terrain amplitude envelopes.
Just finished the first rehearsal of my new piece, Escapement with the LSTwo ensemble. Extremely slow and quiet.
A recording of 10 pages of the score to my new piece, Tide.
Performers Scott Mc Laughlin: Acoustic Guitar, Vibraphone, Timpani, Bass Drum Alannah Halay: Piano, Triangle, Cymbal, Floor Tom Oliver Thurley: Glockenspiel, Double Bass, Tamtam, Tubular Bells Alex De Little: Zither, Trombone, Triangle, Bass Drum James Lavender: Electric Guitar, Zither, Cymbal, Timpano Phill Harding: Sine Waves
Recorded in Leeds: 26th November, 2013
I’ve mentioned the piece a couple of times on here over the last few months, but wanted to wait for a performance/recording to explain it a little more. So here we are at last: Network no.1 for string quartet.
The score is a hybrid of graphic and traditional, with a graph network diagram functioning as a map, and traditionally notated reference. Each ‘node’ on the map relates to an element from the separately notated gamut of sonorities. The edges of the map signify a potential route from one musical element to another. The length of an edge determines the duration of the element to be performed. So in this sense the map represents the time-space and structure of the piece, while the reference contains the sonic material.
As previously mentioned, the work exists in a a state of non-linearity. Performers work independently, following their own paths across score ‘maps’. Routes are determined stochastically (and regenerated each time the network graphs are compiles), although each player may choose their own starting point.
The recording was made on Tuesday, 7th May, 2013. Many thanks to the performers for their time:
Violins – Alice Dawkins; Hannah Packman
Viola – Katherine Lambeth
Violoncello – Claudia Chapman
Thanks also to Tony @Big_Pause for his patient advice during the programming stage.