Mercury 3 variations : electroacoustic
by Jacques De Vos Malan (2017)
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Library shelf no. CD 2862 [Available for loan]
Mercury 3 Variations is a 2017 work build around NASA voice-recordings of conversations between astronaut Alan Shepard amd mission control during the 1961 sub-orbital flight of Freedom 7. Musically, the work is a set of variations-within-variations, as the material elements appear, transform and disappear over three iterations or 'orbits'. I am grateful to the recordists BiancaBothaPure, Glaneur de Sons, Lenguaverde and Snotch for sounds captured on Mont Jerbier de Jonc, at the Chinese border with North Korea and at a rooftop café in Leh Ladakh, India, as well as other locations.
Instrumentation: Electro-acoustic music.
Duration: 32 min.
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