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Antumbra : for percussion and fixed audio

by Melody Eötvös (2022)

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Work Overview

The antumbra (from Latin ante, "before") is the region from which an occluding body appears entirely within the disc of a light source. Most often associated with the sun and moon, an observer in the antumbra region would experience an annular eclipse, in which a bright ring is visible around the eclipsing body. If the observer moves closer to the light source, the apparent size of the occluding body increases until it causes a full umbra.

The three movements (I - Suspended, II - Canon, III - Time) of this composition are a play on this phenomena, where the percussionists part mostly functions as an occluding body and the electronic track drifts and projects around the acoustic percussion like a light source responding to a solid object.

Work Details

Year: 2022

Instrumentation: Vibraphone, glockenspiel, electronics.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Suspended -- II. Canon -- III. Time.

Commission note: Commissioned by Claire Edwardes.

Performances of this work

25 Oct 2023: at The Axe Manual | Brisbane Music Festival (FourthWall Arts). Featuring Alex Raineri, Rebecca Lloyd-Jones.

26 Jun 2021: at Seymour Nights | Ensemble Offspring - Slipstream [postponed] (The Sound Lounge). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

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