kibuyu : electroacoustic
by Daniel Blinkhorn (2017)
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Library shelf no. CD 2918 [Available for loan]
Off the coast of Tanzania, on the small island of Zanzibar I happened upon a bazaar in Stonetown with all manner of beautiful African instruments. I found myself drawn to a small, hand made mbira. This humble instrument buzzed and creaked and was far from perfect, yet striking a tine was instantly so musically agreeable.
Kibuyu in Swahili translates to 'Calabash' and is the box resonator used in the construction of the instrument. I wanted to use the term as a metaphor similar to the phenomenon of seashell resonance, except in this instance, as one holds the kibuyu against their ear they don't hear sound redolent of the ocean, but rather a more dynamic abstraction of sonic imagery resounding well beyond the instrument itself and deep into the island of Zanzibar and the many evocative soundscapes it contains. All the material within the composition comes from the striking of three tines of the mbira, with no additional sonic material employed within the piece. Zanzibar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Instrumentation: Multichannel/ 5.1 surround sound playback system.
Duration: 12 min.
Difficulty: N/A - Not for live performance
First performance: 12 Feb 17. Composer's home studio
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work: ecoacoustic composition, acousmatic, electroacoustic
Awards & Prizes
|2017||PRIX CIME||Honorable mention||Daniel Blinkhorn|
|2017||Iannis Xenakis International Electronic Composition Competition||Honorable mention||Daniel Blinkhorn|
|2017||Concurso de Música electroacústica||2nd prize||Daniel Blinkhorn|
Performances of this work
5 Oct 17: Contemporanea Acusmatica Festival, Taukay Edizioni Musicali, Udine Italy
22 Jul 2017: at Interplay by Sydney Conservatorium of Music (City Recital Hall Angel Place).
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