Archbold, Paul [Composer] (2004) a little night music. (music).
'a little night music', a composition for oboe and live electronics, recalls one of my nightmarish visions as a child. From the insistent and piercing scream of the opening to the unearthly oboe multiphonics and exotic dawn chorus of the close, the work was written to exploit the virtuosity of the commissioner, oboist Christopher Redgate. The work builds on a research collaboration to realise contemporary works for oboe and live electronics with new computer technology, and create new work and exploits the ‘extended techniques’ developed by Redgate: the extreme high register, quarter-tone fingerings, sustained multiphonics and circular breathing. The melodic writing adapts the constructive techniques of Traces, employing quarter-tone pitch-class-sets related to the interval set <1,1,2,3>. A melody is created from overlapping these sets which resembles a keening lament of narrow range. In the second half of the work the sustained multiphonic sonorities are unfolded as a pitch resource for short chromatic flurries suggesting exotic birdsong. The work builds on several years of my research into the Max/MSP programming language. The computer program I developed is used to capture and process brief fragments of the oboe line and create a dense chorus of simulacra and distorted replicas. A particular feature of this program is the control architecture that allows fragments to be employed in a precisely co-ordinated and interactive performance.
|Additional Information:||Commissioned by Christopher Redgate with funds from the Britten Pears Foundation. First Performance: Christopher Redgate (oboe), Paul Archbold (live electronics), BMIC Cutting Edge Series, The Warehouse, London, October 21 2004. Six further performances including at the RADAR festival, Mexico City on 21 April 2005, Coombeshurst Studio, Kingston University on 30 June 2006 and at the Randspiele Zepernick in Berlin on 1 July 2007. Broadcast on Mexico Radio. Recorded for issue on the Metier label in 2011. Audio recording of concert performance at Randspiele Zepernick, 1 July 2007.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||oboe, multiphonics|
|Faculty, School or Research Centre:||Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Performance and Screen Studies|
|Depositing User:||Rebecca Read|
|Date Deposited:||29 Nov 2007|
|Last Modified:||16 Jul 2012 21:49|
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