Agerasia : electroacoustic
by Christopher de Groot (2011)
Performance by Decibel from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 32.
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Library shelf no. CD 2447 [Available for loan]
Vinyl is such a great physical
representation of music; it's big, bold, and tactile. Putting on
a record is an event one that makes the listening experience more
enjoyable (not to mention the great audio quality of vinyl
records!) Agerasia uses altered or "ruined" vinyl as a major
sound source in combination with acoustic instruments. The piece
takes some inspiration from Ligeti's Cello Concerto  in
that the cello and bass clarinet often play very sustained static
tones. I felt it necessary that the acoustic instruments play a
more sustained role as the vinyl recordings contain large amounts
of variation, (the variation coming not only from the recorded
material itself, but from the "prepared" nature of the vinyl).
Sustained tones often fade from cello to bass clarinet and
meandering melody fragments in the cello are offset by stuttering
passages from the bass clarinet. All of this inscribed on a
cosmic background of static noise, skipping fragments of 80s pop
music and percussive clicks and pops by way of the three vinyl
records. The vinyl recordings used in Agerasia contain three
sections, each with a different ruining.
Instrumentation: Cello, bass clarinet, three ruined vinyl records.
Duration: 11 min.
First performance: by Decibel — 20 Jun 11. Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
graphic score, atonality, atonal, minimalism, noise music, structured improvisation
Performers must use the scrolling score maxMSP patch created by Lindsay Vickery in order to perform the work accurately. Decibel Score Player for ipad available here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/decibel-scoreplayer/id622591851?mt=8
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