Instrumentation: percussion and electronics

Duration: 14′

Program note:

Written for percussionist Michael McCurdy, Supercell involves the construction and decoupling of multilayered complexes. The instrumentation and modes of production are seen as elements of an organic whole that are separated as a study in the mechanics of operation of that whole. The metaphor of the ‘whole’ in this piece is language as neologism. Musical elements parse out components of language. Instruments merge with the voice and electronics to gradually reveal the separate elements as layers of a larger orchestration. The ‘whole’ has greater significance than the separate parts: any possible interpretation of embedded meaning in this language. Electronic processes, using Max/MSP, include filtering, frequency shifting, ring modulation, granular synthesis, live amplitude triggering, and live pitch triggering.


Performance by Michael McCurdy, April 6, 2008, New York, NY


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