Terra subfónica (radiophonic music)
by Daniel Blinkhorn (2010)
From the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists
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Library shelf no. CD 2251 [Available for loan]
Terra subfónica is a radiophonic work reflecting aspects of sub sound through a series of 20 dramaturgical, radiophonic miniatures. Sub sound in this instance is not a term indicating low frequency sound, as in bass material, but rather a radiophonic suite reflecting and meditating on aspects of that which is below us; ultimately mapping a sub sonic terrain lying just below, or on the periphery of our (typically) perceived threshold of hearing. The sounds and sonic fragments chosen to represent different aspects of sub sound have been used as a basis for generating the narrative/ dramaturgical structure in each of the miniatures. Shards of familiar, strange, overlooked and unheard sounds coalesce, as metaphor and sound arcanum guide the listener throughout each of the works in the suite.
Although combining to create a suite of works with a common theme, each miniature functions as an abstracted narrative in shorter, self contained parts, as with works in a suite. The works often include recordings of instrumental material, designed to assist the listener in mapping/ navigating the constructed works, and occasional vocal sounds that are employed to articulate human presence rather than to impart any specific narrative.
Accompanying each miniature is a brief synopsis/program note articulating each of the works.
Instrumentation: Stereo radiophonic work in 20 parts. Particular compositions/parts within the suite are also available in surround sound.
Duration: 55 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by ABC Radio.
First performance: Nov 10. ABC Radio National
Performances of this work
Nov 10: ABC Radio National
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