Sheet Music: Score
Bell weather / James Ledger
by James Ledger (2008)
Bell Weather is scored for a mixed ensemble of seven wind players, two horns, five string players and a percussionist who plays tubular bells and glockenspiel. Additionally, there is a keyboard player who plays and manipulates pre-recorded samples. One of the interesting aspects of modern sampling techniques is the ability to manipulate sounds into something quite unrecognisable from the original. There is also the ability to take acoustic instruments and play them in a superhuman fashion. For example, by taking a sampled set of tubular bells, I was able to 'play' them on the keyboard as though they were, say, a violin. I could apply vibrato and glissandi to the notes, or I could apply subtle timbral variation to a held note. This, quite clearly, is impossible to do on the acoustic bells.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (34p. -- B4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional
Duration: 12 mins
Includes notes on keyboard requirements and performance.
Inspired by New Zealand artist Rosalie Gascoigne's work 'Monaro'.
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