Datamosh : for double bass solo
by Tristan Coelho (2020)
Datamosh draws from the video manipulation technique of the same name which involves layers of multiple clips colliding or being 'moshed' together. The technique involves 'lossy' compression and 'dropped frames' to create glitchy, psychedelic effects. These ideas are realised in the music by way of lo-fi approaches on the double bass that embrace imperfections and noise through variations in ricochet bowing (throwing the bow across the strings), a technique that is prone to beautiful, natural inconsistencies due to the numerous variables involved in its execution. Datamosh invites the performer to negotiate different layers of physicality involving ricochet being superimposed on top of other techniques including glisses, arpeggiando harmonics and hammer-ons.
Instrumentation: Double bass.
Duration: 2 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by BackStage Music for their Offstage recording project.
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Performances of this work
21 Nov 20: Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Newtown, NSW. Featuring Will Hansen.
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