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Alto Flute, Violin, Cello, Tam-Tam, and Fixed-Media Electronics
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Composer's Note:

In the fall of 2014, I visited Marimetsa Raba, an Estonian bog. A hike through a fairytale forest eventually leads to 11 kilometers of floating wood planks allowing you to walk across an immense bog, the result of thousands of years of decay, layer upon layer of peat built up a millimeter at a time. Marimetsa Raba is many meters thick, representing millenia of history; it is stitched together and compacted by time, floating in a vast nature reserve.

I was inspired by the idea of an immense surface that seems somehow empty, perhaps even simple, but when your eye is drawn to a detail, it leaps from the landscape. And once you begin to probe the surface, you discover a fantastically complex ecosystem above and below. In Raba, the percussionist is probing the tam-tam, revealing the interwoven partials that combine to create the sound we think of as the instrument. The alto flute, violin, cello, and electronics are tuned to reinforce, interact, and interfere with these partials revealed by the percussionist. The interaction of all these elements activates the room, causing a pulsing, living audio experience in the performance space.


Technical Note:

It is necessary to amplify the instruments with microphones and produce a balanced mix of acoustic and electronic sound through the speakers. The overall level of the amplified sound should immerse the audience. The fixed media electronic sound is in the form of self-contained Max app, Raba_CUES. It requires a computer  with Cycling P74Ps free MaxRuntime application. The output is stereo and can be presented in 2 channel or multi1channel (as stereo pairs).

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Text Language - Non English


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duo or ensemble+audio playback
instrumental quartet


alto flute , Percussion , violin , cello

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