The title of this piece, “the hoopoe,” comes from the bird that plays the main character in The Conference of the Birds (1177) by the Persian writer Farid ud-Din Attar (ca 1130-ca 1240). I composed this piece for Terri Hron’s project Bird on a Wire II: Flocking Patterns. The sonic material is derived from a recording of bass recorder that I had made for a different project. It is a free improvisation that is transcribed and which the player must reinterpret, creating a pastiche of herself. The hoopoe and twenty other solo birds accompany her throughout, in a search for truth according to the Persian poet. The electroacoustic part is triggered and articulated live and the octophonic spatialisation is done in real-time.
Bird on a Wire Records / BOW 002 / 2012