Kaleidoscope: fissure (2004, 9'32) electroacoustic composition (C3R records double CD reflection)
Premiere: Trinity Chapel, Leicester: 20.6.06. Further performances of Kaleidoscope: Fissure: SARC, Queens University, Belfast (2007); DMRN, Leeds Metropolitan University (2007); SEAMS, Fylkingen, Sweden (2007); Ai-maako 2006, Santiago, Chile (2006) Publication: Reflections, C3R Records double CD [C3R014], (stereo reduction) Research summary: Kaleidoscope: Fissure continues and develops the Kaleidoscope model in its exploration of spatialisation strategies in the composition of a multichannel acousmatic work. The piece investigates a variety of sonic materials and behaviours suggested by its title—in particular violent environmental forces triggering the splitting, rending, division and fracture of elemental materials (e.g. cracking ice and rock, lightning). As such it explores explosion and fragmentation, catalyst and commencement in both its referential and cinematic content and its gestural and musical handling of materials—thus allying physical processes or states with musical equivalents (e.g. openness and closure, anacrusis and cadence). In its pursuit of such musical/behavioural allegory and emulation, its exploration and evocation of sonic environment—and in particular the spatial deployment of materials in such contexts (issues pertaining to which are discussed in ‘Fabricating aural landscapes: the referential and trompe l’oreille in multi-channel installation contexts’ (EMS07, http://www.ems-network.org/spip.php?article289)), its combination of musical and poetic preoccupations and structuring, and its development of the Kaleidoscope series, this work complements and extends research carried out in Outcomes 1 and 2. The piece implements granular technique extensively in peripheral, rotational, oppositional and envelopment spatial activities and relationships, and in addition to the modification of gesture generation and spatialisation software developed for Outcomes 1 and 2, its realisation required the development of new tools to enable granulation and redeployment of fragmented materials to multichannel space (see supplemental information: http://www.mti.dmu.ac.uk/~peterb/outcome3.html#software).
Citation : Batchelor, P. (2004) Kaleidoscope: Fissure (9'32) electroacoustic composition (C3R Records double CD Reflection)
Research Group : Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre
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