Escapee gloss : electroacoustic
by Brigid Burke (2014)
Escapee Gloss embodies a personal creative response to some old, used clarinets, irreparable and unplayable, and sundry discarded clarinet parts. It integrates these physically and emotionally into experiments with sound, art works, layering of light, reflections and manipulated art work and music in performance through multi-channel audio and video mixing. The composition combines digitally processed clarinet sounds, live acoustic instruments (flute, Eb/Bb and bass clarinets, double bass and piano), live processed acoustic environmental sounds, props and projections. These components reinvent the disintegrated clarinets through video samples and stills of broken clarinet parts, grey pencil drawings, water footage and Japanese artwork. Escapee Gloss explores the possibilities of layering and reflections of light and texture in images and sound and deliberately referencing paint textures in the titles of the movements.
Instrumentation: Bass/E flat clarinet, bass clarinet/voice, electronics via laptop, flute/voice, piano, double bass, video projections.
Contents note: 1. Shine -- 2. Scintillation -- 3. Silk -- 4. Pantone -- 5. Matte -- 6. Sheen -- 7. Gloss.
Composed as part of PhD portfolio from UTAS Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania
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