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The Warmth of the Nebula : for solo piccolo and 8-channel fixed media

by Annie Hsieh (2016)

Work Overview

About the work

This piece came instinctively as an imagined scenario that is as vividly imprinted in my mind as it is physically felt. A certain timelessness of this environment engulfs one's sense of a beginning and an end, almost as if one suddenly finds herself surrounded by a vaporous blanket of fog that quietly seeped in, thickens, encapsulates and wraps one within.

Then the gently burning glows glisten all around, within reach yet not to be captured.

Note on the fixed media

Michael Matsuno performed the recorded materials on an open-holed bass flute kindly provided by John Fonville. The session engineer was Colin Zyskowski and the spatial programming was realized in collaboration with Johannes Regnier.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 8-channel spatialised fixed media. (Stereo version available upon request).

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — extended techniques, improvisatory elements

Dedication note: Dedicated to Michael Matsuno

First performance: by Michael Matsuno — 18 Nov 16. Conrad Prebys Music Center, University of California, San Diego, USA

Performances of this work

18 Nov 16: Conrad Prebys Music Center, University of California, San Diego, USA. Featuring Michael Matsuno.

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