Panic, Melancholy

Vera Ivanova

Panic, Melancholy

  • Vera Ivanova
  • Year of composition: 2002
  • Duration: 11:12
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium

“Panic“ (5:12) stands on the border between “serious” electroacoustic music and its exaggeration. It reflects the way of living in today’s metropolis with its rush hours, lack of time and noise pollution, its everyday stress and loneliness. The result? Panic. The initial material of “Panic” is the filtered beginning of my Night Music for large ensemble. The first two bars repeat throughout the piece, each time transformed through different filters and plug-ins, disappearing in the end, leaving pulsating sine waves as a shadow. The main sources of the piece are graphic patterns used as filters for the Metasynth software, transforming graphic images into sound objects and filters.

“Melancholy” (6:01). The title reflects the mood of the piece; it is a lyric composition based on the pre-recorded voice of Judith Caplan (UK, Soprano). The voice samples were transformed in different ways. Certain partials of words were extracted to create new spoken letters and vowels, as well as rich textures (or ‘fields’) of voices. The two sung notes, E and D-sharp, are repeated throughout the piece. These are the ‘central interval’ of “Melancholy” (the Major seventh), unstable by itself, but not dissonant. The interchange of these two notes creates a balancing effect, associated with a children’s ‘seesaw.’