Flocking
for eight flutes and digital signal processing

Laurie Radford
Composition Date: 2007
Duration: 00:13:00
Genre: Woodwinds, + Keyboard, Misc. Octets (Woodwinds Only)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 8 x Flute
  • 1 x Computer
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Programme Note:
Flocking is one of a series of works that began in 2006 with Flocking Filling Tracking for six instruments and digital signal processing. The three concepts related to each word in the title were the controlling factors and motivation for that initial work. Three subsequent works take one of these concepts and explore it: Flocking (8 flutes and digital signal processing), Filling (video and electroacoustic music), and Tracking (solo violin and digital signal processing). Flocking explores two kinds of music: one in which a process involving speed, density, register and trajectory coordinates and propels the eight flutes; and a second in which the emphasis is on texture and spectrum. The term flocking has in fact been employed for each of these two rather different concepts. The first concept involves the processes of sensing and coordination that flocks of birds, schools of fish and swarms of insects utilize to navigate as a group. The second concept involves the applications of a texture to a surface, a decorative process that began in ancient times and continues today in many types of design. These two definitions of ‘flocking’ provide a basis for the materials, compositional strategies, and formal procedures of the work. Digital signal processing and octophonic spatialization create extensions of the eight flutes, serving as either support and embellishment or interpolation and catalyst. Flocking was composed in London, UK beneath the lattice-like flocking of aircraft in the busiest sky in the world.

Premiere Information:
27 October 2007, Salle Pierre-Mercure, Montreal, Quebec
Ensemble de flûtes d'Alizés, Véronique Lacroix; cond.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 5258 R128fl
  • Genre:
  • Woodwinds, + Keyboard, Misc. Octets (Woodwinds Only)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • November 12, 2015
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score
    45 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 100
  • Additional Information:
  • Flocking was commissioned by Véronique Lacroix and l’Ensemble des flutes Alizé and was made possible by generous funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.
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