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Modes of Transportation : for solo flute and electronics

by Victoria Pham (2017)

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Performance by Sarah Monk from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 131.

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Work Overview

Inspired by a series of field recordings collected from around the Newcastle Region by flautist Sarah Monk, I was motivated to create a work that played with the spatial, the acoustic, and the electronic. The brief was to compose a work for blindfolded audience and surround sound in response to Pauline Oliveros' meditations on sound and experience. Movement I: two-step, explores the sensation of walking through space, mirrored by the choreography of the flute's movement in the performance space and its repetitious rhythmic repetition of a handful of pitches and intervals that frame the work. In contrast, Movement II places greater emphasis on shaping a space between an atmospheric and transformative electroacoustic track of train recordings against the bass flute's natural amplification of deeper and aspirated sounds.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Solo flute (C flute doubling on bass flute), backing track.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Working with electronics and movement as part of the performance, as well as extended techniques on flute

Contents note: Movement 1: two-step (approx. 4 min.) -- Movement II: steam and electricity (approx. 6 min., 30 sec.).

Dedication note: Dedicated to Sarah Monk

Commission note: Commissioned by Sarah Monk.. Commissioned for TINA and Crack Theatre X Festival 2017.

First performance: by Sarah Monk at The sound of Spaces (Watt Space Gallery) on 30 Sep 2017

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc. of this work:
Performance Art, Electroacoustic


Performances of this work

30 Sep 2017: at The sound of Spaces (Watt Space Gallery). Featuring Sarah Monk.

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