Flying by moonlight : electroacoustic
by Josephine Truman (2008)
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This piece reflects on the death of a relative, a pilot of a Lancaster bomber in WWII thorugh text,music and sound.
For this work I decontextualise the Didjeridu from its traditional origins and recorded three different Didjeridus (played by myself) for distortion as part of the overall affect. In this context the Didjeridu signifies the and composed them on ProTools, utilising pitch shifting and flanging, intentionally allowing iconic sound of Jim's home land, but through the treatment of ProTools, it undergoes a metamorphosis into the sound of squadrons of warplanes.
The electronic distortions also transform an organic sound into a metallic one.
The text is read and sung by Rob Maxwell-Jones. I composed the work with the different 'voices" signifying layers of differing emotional states such as stoicism and fear. The chant like interpretation can sound at times mechanical, the tonal sung parts sentimental and his use of EVTs at times revealing repressed fear and despair.
Instrumentation: Didjeridu, voice, electronics
Duration: 16 min.
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