stereo tape & string quartet
work in progress
A Cellist on the Skytrain (2004)
4 min. 59 sec.
- performed at Sonic Boom Festival, Western Front, Vancouver, 16 March, 2006
“A Cellist on the Skytrain” was composed in 2004, while I was an undergrad student at Simon Fraser University. Being a music student, and a cellist, I would often have to lug my cello with me up to school, a journey which involved two bus connections and a skytrain. I have always been fascinated with the musicality of Vancouver’s skytrains — the audible glissandi, the harmonic overtones, and the rhythmic motion of the trains were all things I could relate to as a string player. The piece is simply a field recording taken of one such journey to school, with a superimposed cello counterpoint.
8-channel tape (and optional video)
11 min. 50 sec.
- performed in stereo format (with video) as part of “raw + cooked” series, Western Front, Vancouver 29 February, 2004
- performed in stereo format at Sonic Boom Festival, Western Front, Vancouver 11 March, 2004
- performed in 8-channel format at “Electro Currents” concert, SFU Theatre, 12 November, 2004
As is the case with composers or individuals in any creative field, there are those who like to “do things by the book”, and those who prefer to improvise. But what happens when a spontaneous thespian-turned-chef with a flair for the absurd meets his match in a classic cookbook’s recipe for a vegetable stew? A duel of saxophones and kitchen sounds tells the tale…
The recipe quotations in this piece were all taken from a veritable vintage cookbook. The chef’s rants, however, were completely ad lib, courtesy of Clint Enns (note: not a “real” chef nor a “real” thespian). Sax sounds were also improvised, courtesy of the composer. No vegetables were seriously harmed in the creation of this piece.
String Games (2002)
5 min. 20 sec.
- performed various locations, including SFU Theatre
“String Games” is a stereo electroacoustic piece, using live recorded cello sounds as its only sound source. The sounds were manipulated digitally in various ways, including echo, pitch shifting, reverb, ring modulation, and filtering.
Type A (2002)
5 min. 35 sec.
- submitted to Concordia University’s “Jeux de temps” competition, 2003
- performed various locations, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Sonic Boom Festival, Western Front, Vancouver, 10 March 2005
- performed as part of the International Women’s Electroacoustic Listening Room Project, 8th Annual New Music Festival at California State University, Fullerton, 21 March, 2009
“Type A” is a stereo electroacoustic sound-object piece, which was composed using only two sound sources: a long, hollow plastic tube and an old-fashioned typewriter. It was realized using both analog and digital studio equipment. The sounds were processed in many different ways, including (analog) tape loops, pitch shifting, filtering, echo, reverb, and granulation.
A Volkswagen’s Trip (2002)
11 min. 50 sec.
- submitted to CBC Radio’s “Outfront” program