descent with modification (audiovisual work)
by Daniel Blinkhorn (2007)
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The title of the work refers to adaptive radiation, a term indicating the rapid evolution of a single ancestral organism into numerous other organisms that are each adaptively specialized to occupy particular environmental conditions
A duality exists in the piece at the intersection of the figurative, where transitory images of sonic miscellany coalesce, and the literal, where the sound transformations function as distilled narrative, combining the physical and gestural characteristics of performance into a series of primal soundscapes, all of which depict the adaptation from one ecological niche to another
Through transformations applied to recordings and video footage of physical gestures generating fret squeaks on the classical guitar, I have sought to create a work that, on the one hand captures the torque click of the machine head, the buzz of wound strings on brass frets, droplets of sweat on the tips of fingers and the squeal and chirp of friction, whilst simultaneously occupying a larger framework encompassing ecological diversity; from the single sound to a rapid divergence of highly specialized sonic environments, as in descent with modification
Instrumentation: Audiovisual Compositon in 5.1 Surround Sound Formats: QuickTime 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 Also presented as a stereo + 5.1 acousmatic work
Duration: 10 min.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Audiovisual, Acousmatic, Electroacoustic
Finalist - 34e Concours Internationaux de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges, France commendation - Digital Arts Week, ETH (Swiss Federal Institute OF Technology) Zurich.
Performances of this work
Unknown date: Bienal Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo, Brazil
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