From the Composer and Performers: This piece is inspired by Jordan Eagles’ mixed-media piece TSBC3. This musical piece is built out of bassoon multiphonics and timbral trills, which are left untreated at the beginning of the piece and are progressively modified with ring modulation, reverb, and distortion as the piece progresses. The electronic manipulation transforms the action of a breath into a continuous, multiplied sound and progressively defamiliarizes the vocal, bodily quality of the bassoon. The tension between acoustic sound and its manipulation and constraint by electronics mimics the internal tensions of Eagles’ assemblage, which combines materials that are literally bodily (blood) with copper, resin, and plexiglass.
This project is part of an on-going partnership between UMMA and the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, supported by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund and the Greg Hodes and Heidi Hertel Hodes—Partners in the Arts Endowment Fund.