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Krazny (trombone with pre-recorded sound)

by Peter McNamara (2001)

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Work Overview

Krazny is a work for solo trombone and CD accompaniment completed in early July 2001. From the very beginning, the intention was to create a work with interaction between the acoustic trombone and the electronic accompaniment as there is always a danger that the two parts can be written independently and therefore have no relationship with each other.

The title, Krazny, is the Russian word for Red and the work represents the communist oppression over many decades of Russia and other countries. The sounds contained on the accompaniment CD are acoustic sounds and spoken key words like "torture" etc that have been recorded and then processed by time-code expansion, ring modulation and spectral mutation.

The first section of this work is harsh and contains interaction between the CD accompaniment and trombone. The material in the acoustic trombone is based largely on quartertones and faster passages, while the material in the CD accompaniment is based predominantly on violent sounds. The second section in contrast, is more passive; interaction between the CD and trombone is less prevalent here. The Trombone's harmonic material still has a heavy emphasis on quartertones, only with the use of long and gradual glissandi that expose the microtonal nature of the trombone. Similarly, the material in the CD accompaniment is largely based on long resonant sostenuto-like sounds.

Work Details

Year: 2001

Instrumentation: Trombone, pre-recorded electronics (stereo CD), performer must have a device (laptop etc) to see the timecode of the CD accompaniment.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Some sections with challenging co-ordination between the live and pre-recorded parts, some pedal notes and quarter tones.

First performance: by Stephen Smith — 13 Oct 01. "Live Wires" concert, Old Darlington School, University of Sydney

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Mixed Media, Electronic Music, Microtonal Music

Published by "Score Exchange", can be found at the following address: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/110641.html


Resonate article: Insight: Freedom within the prism by Peter McNamara

Performances of this work

30 Jun 05: Campbelltown Arts Centre (official opening), NSW. Featuring Stephen Smith.

13 Oct 01: "Live Wires" concert, Old Darlington School, University of Sydney. Featuring Stephen Smith.

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