split tree [Wintergarden]

saxophone orchestra and fixed media
[sopranino, 2 sopranos, 3 altos, 3 tenors, 2 baritones, bass]

  • dur: 10:10
  • date: 2014

A snapshot of blurred time, split tree [Wintergarden] is grounded on the premise of found composition, relinquishing as many compositional decisions as possible to an observed environment. Musical elements, such as harmony, gesture, and even the overall form of the work, are dictated by what naturally occurs. The piece explores perspective and interconnectivity. It acknowledges one’s [in]tangible presence, corresponding impact, and ability only to control reaction. The work highlights the intrinsic value that can be observed in a space.

Specifically, eight synchronized microphones were used to record in Wintergarden Park (Bowling Green, OH) – some in or around a tree, others placed in a glass vessel, and one within a bass saxophone. To listen and react to the space, these microphones were moved, and the amount of keys depressed on the saxophone was altered. This interaction with the environment imposes a harmony as sounds resonate within the saxophone. The musical material for the work aims to be entirely determined by these recordings. We hear a physical space, as it typically exists.

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