Sound | Water

Ensemble: cello and digital media
Duration: 10:00 minutes

 

 

Program Notes:

Sound | Water (2011) is entirely derived from a five-second documentary recording taken by the composer at a Biscayne Bay mangrove shoreline. The ocean waves and two attendant sounds (wind and crickets) are treated to multiple filtering techniques to separate the sounds, and to derive the natural pitches produced by the water, which become the pitch and rhythmic material for the cello part. The captured sounds themselves are then transposed around the cello pitches, creating an intertwined contrapuntal work that reflects the organicism of waves within the sea. Sound | Water was written for cellist Madeleine Shapiro, inspired by her dedication to water conservation.

Premiere: September 24, 2011
Craig Hultgren, cello
12 Nights Concert Series
GAB Studios
Wynwood Art District
Miami, FL

Recordings: Tightly Wound: Music for Strings, innova 965