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In situ bacia (radiophonic music)

by Daniel Blinkhorn (2009)

Audio Sample

Performance by Rémi Delangle from the CD Hörspiel avec...

Hörspiel avec...


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Hörspiel avec... : 8e Concours International D'Art Radiophonique

Library shelf no. CD 2318 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

in situ bacia is a series of six interlinking radiophonic/ videophonic miniatures reflecting my travels in the Amazon.

  1. biomass....the forest floor extends throughout the jungle in a thick, amorphous state of decomposition. However, this perennial decay plays a vital role within the jungles ecosystem, providing a wellspring of nutrients and material vital for the continuance of the forests survival.
  2. light traces.... mythology reflects off the surface of the river, tracing the suns arc across the sky toward a rain that unceasingly closes each day.
  3. hidrosfera... much activity in the Amazon basin gravitates around the river itself...through the use of hydrophone recordings, combined with open air recordings taken in a canoe, the work situates both underwater and above water worlds side by side
  4. en plein air…a short impression on the joy of waiting by a path in the forest...
  5. watershed port ...an episodic fragment of memory...looking back at a riverport surrounded by forest
  6. canopy das árvores - a fictional observation made from the canopy, overlooking the river with boats, birdlife, insects and occasional mammals.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Clarinet in B flat or bass clarinet and surround sound, 5.1 videophonics or stereo audio. Formats: QuickTime 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 + Stereo audio.

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Biomass -- Light traces -- Hidrosfera -- En plein air -- Watershed port -- Canopy das arvores.

Commission note: Commissioned by Centre National de Création Musicale, La Muse en Circuit, France

First performance: by Rémi Delangle — 26 Mar 09. Archipel Festival Des Musiques D'Aujourd'Hui, Geneva

The composer cites the following influences on this work:

Radiophonic, Videophonic, Hörspiel

The work can be presented as a radiophonic composition (Hörspiel), or videophonic composition in surround sound (with or without live perfomer).

Winner - the 8th International Competition d'art Radiophonique Pour Sons Fixés et Instrument - Luc Ferrari, presented by  LA MUSE EN CIRCUIT, Centre National de Création Musicale, France in 2008.

Performances of this work

26 Mar 09: Archipel Festival Des Musiques D'Aujourd'Hui, Geneva. Featuring Rémi Delangle.

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