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Empty Spaces : electroacoustic

by Jacques De Vos Malan (2018)

Audio Sample

From the CD 'Empty Spaces 1-4' and 'A Quiet Approach When Handling Goats'

'Empty Spaces 1-4' and 'A Quiet Approach When Handling Goats'


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Work Overview

Empty Spaces is a series of four exceptionally quiet works that explore perspective in music - the location of sounds in space in relation to the listener. The first two pieces situate the piano in a series of environments, created with different room tones and ambient field recordings. The third of the series makes use of two traditional Asian instruments: the Chinese erhuand Tibetan singing bowls. It includes brief references to an earlier work (Nightfall at Ieru), as well as the sound of a distant pachinkoparlour. In the final work, a percussion ensemble, viola and synthesiser appear in a complex urban environment, which gradually admits more natural sounds. Empty Spaces is about the echoes of our lives, our dreams and endeavours, everything we have abandoned, what we recall and what we forget.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Electro-acoustic.

Duration: 52 min.

Difficulty: N/A - Not for live performance

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