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kibuyu : electroacoustic

by Daniel Blinkhorn (2017)

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From the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists : vol. 90

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Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Multichannel/ 5.1 surround sound playback system.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: N/A - Not for live performance

First performance: 5 Oct 17. Contemporanea Acusmatica Festival, Taukay Edizioni Musicali, Udine Italy

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2017 PRIX CIME Honorable mention Daniel Blinkhorn
2017 Iannis Xenakis International Electronic Composition Competition Honorable mention Daniel Blinkhorn
2017 Concurso de M├║sica electroac├║stica 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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