Dreaded sea voyage
for amplified classical guitar and electronics

Composition Date: 2013
Duration: 00:15:00
Genre: Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Solo Works, , Plectral String(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Guitar
  • 1 x Tape
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Programme Note:
“Stephen Hawking says we must flee Earth. Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking says the human race faces extinction unless people leave Earth”The Toronto Star, July 30 2013“For Several months, Mahler had been living in half-acknowledged dread of the impending sea voyage”Gustav Mahler: Volume 3. Vienna: Triumph and Disillusion (1904-1907) By Henry-Louis de La Grange.Around the time that Daniel Cooper commissioned this work, Voyageur was, according to NASA, finally exiting our solar system after some 36 years. On Voyageur is a special golden record containing music from Earth. The selections are diverse, ranging from the 1st movement of Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto #2”, to the music of Javanese court gamelan. As point of departure, I picked a few of the Voyageur record excerpts and transcribed them into a computer scoring program. I then began modulating different pieces together using an extrapolated Frequency Modulation technique, sort of breeding one measure of a piece with a measure from another. Out of this process (incidentally, from Bach’s Brandenburg and Mozart’s Queen of the Night) came several fascinating chords that became points of harmonic gravity in the writing process. In addition to amplified classical guitar, this piece uses prepared digital sound files, also known as “tape” – a harkening back to the days of reel to reel tape recorders. The sound sources are diverse, however it is notable that there are samples from two of my previous electroacoustic works. From True North, I re-sample the “Big Band Hit” that appears that the end of the piece’s two movements, and use it several times at the climax of dreaded sea voyage. From Sudoku, I make subtle use of the crowd applause “Encore! Encore” sample at an appropriately virtuosic and bombastic spot. Dreaded Sea Voyage unfolds in three main sections: ! Stephen Hawking Says we Must Flee Earth !! Gravity Pulls us Down !!! Dreaded Sea Voyage A huge thank you to Daniel Cooper and Rob MacDonald for making this piece possible.

Premiere Information:
Toronto
Music Gallery
8 Dec 2013
Rob MacDonald - guitar, Contact Contemporary Music

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 9102 S784dr
  • Genre:
  • Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Solo Works, , Plectral String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 16, 2014
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (17 p.) ;
    17 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • ! Stephen Hawking says we must flee Earth
    !! Gravity pulls us down
    !!! Dreaded Sea Voyage
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