Sheet Music: Score
spin : for cello and recorded sounds / Douglas Knehans
by Douglas Knehans (1995)
Please Note - a CD of the accompanying audio is required for performance of this work. This is available from the AMC.
spin was conceived as an interactive piece of sorts. Although the electronic sounds are fixed and pre-recorded, unlike most pre-recorded electronic works the performer is allowed to set the tempo of each section from within a limited range of four different tempi. This is simply achieved through recording the electronics in a variety of tempi then assigning each tempo for each section a different index number on the compact disc. So, while a performer may like the slowest tempo for section one, a slightly faster tempo may feel better for a subsequent section. Just as one may program the order of tracks on a commercial compact disc, so too can the performer program the order of tracks on the accompanying disc to this work, each section having four representative tracks each of a different tempo.
The image of spinning discs was also a compositional impulse for the piece. A collection of discreet gestures recycles through the work as it unfolds, each spinning its own web of relations both with itself and with its context. The performer completes this aspect of spinning relationships as s/he selects the tempo for each section and so puts an interpretive "spin" on the music.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (17p. -- B4 (landscape))
Difficulty: Advanced — Extremely virtuosic. Some extended techniques required.
Duration: 9 mins
Dedicated to Madeleine Shapiro
Includes program note.
This edition produced 2004.
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