Krazny (trombone with pre-recorded sound)
by Peter McNamara (2001)
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Krazny is a work for solo trombone and CD accompaniment
completed in early July 2001. From the very beginning, the
intention was to create a work with interaction between the
acoustic trombone and the electronic accompaniment as there is
always a danger that the two parts can be written independently
and therefore have no relationship with each other.
The title, Krazny, is the Russian word for Red and the work represents the communist oppression over many decades of Russia and other countries. The sounds contained on the accompaniment CD are acoustic sounds and spoken key words like "torture" etc that have been recorded and then processed by time-code expansion, ring modulation and spectral mutation.
The first section of this work is harsh and contains interaction between the CD accompaniment and trombone. The material in the acoustic trombone is based largely on quartertones and faster passages, while the material in the CD accompaniment is based predominantly on violent sounds. The second section in contrast, is more passive; interaction between the CD and trombone is less prevalent here. The Trombone's harmonic material still has a heavy emphasis on quartertones, only with the use of long and gradual glissandi that expose the microtonal nature of the trombone. Similarly, the material in the CD accompaniment is largely based on long resonant sostenuto-like sounds.
Instrumentation: Trombone, pre-recorded electronics (stereo CD), performer must have a device (laptop etc) to see the timecode of the CD accompaniment.
Duration: 5 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Some sections with challenging co-ordination between the live and pre-recorded parts, some pedal notes and quarter tones.
First performance: by Stephen Smith — 13 Oct 01. "Live Wires" concert, Old Darlington School, University of Sydney
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Mixed Media, Electronic Music, Microtonal Music
Published by "Score Exchange", can be found at the following address: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/110641.html
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Performances of this work
30 Jun 05: Campbelltown Arts Centre (official opening), NSW. Featuring Stephen Smith.
13 Oct 01: "Live Wires" concert, Old Darlington School, University of Sydney. Featuring Stephen Smith.
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