‘...a common treasury ... fragmented’.

Davismoon, Stephen (2005) ‘...a common treasury ... fragmented’. [Composition]

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The text utilised in the work consists of fragments taken from the political writings by the 17th Century English Revolutionary, Gerard Winstanley.

Central research questions with it were: How to set text musically which was essentially document-like; How to make a meaningful sonic link between highly variegated sonic material; How to further explore questions of sonic spatialisation for effective sonic dramaturgy?

• the 8 channel electronic part was realised with the UPIC system. By using samples of key words from the work’s text, as a wave shape in the UPIC environment, there was then created a catalogue of contrasting sonic events sharing a common source of origin. Indeed the work plays upon the contrasts and similarities between and of the vocal and electronic components of the work for structural relief and tension - difficult when setting text not imbued with poetic rhythm and phraseology.

• the work’s subtly complex spatialisation structure (realised through Protools automation programming), confirms the importance of aural location for the effective appreciation of a compositional dramaturgy.

• there is the blending of post-structural, post-serial and probabilistic compositional techniques applied to sonic events from the micro through to the macro level (i.e. sample type, trajectory type, spatial ambit, the evolving and blending of structural sections etc.) this was aided and achieved by way of a variety of programming routines including programming platforms such as Open Music and MAX/MSP.

Item Type: Composition
Additional Information: This work received its premiere performance with Die Neue Vocalsolisten (Stuttgart) and the CCMIX Studios (Paris), in Paris, as part of the MusiPoeSci festival (April 2005).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electroaccoustic music; Choral; Secular; Gerard Winstanley;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Arts & Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 700 Arts & recreation > 780 Music > 782 Vocal music
700 Arts & recreation > 780 Music > 786 Keyboard & other instruments
Library of Congress Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Item ID: 2335
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2008 11:39
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2009 16:28

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