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C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

D0 note (18.35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

F0 note (21.83 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

G0 note (24.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

A0 note (27.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

Bång, Malin: Epic Abrasion 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Epic Abrasion
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    12
  • Year of composition: 
    2010
  • First performance (year): 
    2010
  • First performance (venue): 
    Witten
  • First performance (performers): 
    Ensemble recherche
  • Solo Voice(s)/Instrument(s): no
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    “Friction” and “interaction” are the central ideas of epic abrasion. Friction as in the resistance of two surfaces scraping each other and the tension between contrasting musical materials. The interaction resembles a group dialogue in every day life, where the notion of friction in conversations functions as a trigger for different courses of events. The blackboard manifests the synergy of friction and interaction by acting both as a messenger and a sound object during the piece. The percussionist, functioning as a “filter”, interprets the noise from the performance space and the musicians’ playing, and creates written messages. These are instantly interpreted by the ensemble in an ongoing, circular feed back dialogue. As a contrast, strict notation is used in other sections of the piece to focus on instants of abrasion and develop them into longer sequences of obstinate dialogues, perceived in the relief of layered timbres with shifting intensity.

  • Technical specs: 

    Instrument disposition

    The blackboard of the percussionist is placed so that the front is easily visible either for the audience (beginning of the piece) or for the whole ensemble, (end of the piece) depending on how you turn the board.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
8
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
1
C
Oboe
1
Oboe
Clarinet
1
Bass
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
1
Crotales
Other
Keyboard
1
Piano
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
1
Viola
1
Cello
1

 

 

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