Krishna’s Flute

Keith Hamel

  • Year of composition: 2006
  • Duration: 12:37
  • Instrumentation: flute and system
  • Commission: Robert Cram, with support from the CCA


The Hindu god Krishna played the flute so beautifully that everyone who heard his music fell in love with him. Using a variety of sound processors, samplers and software synthesizers, a computer extends the flute and its sound world. The result is a hyper-flute, producing sounds that are far beyond the instrument’s normal limitations. The work is sensual, emotional and evocative.

Krishna’s Flute was commissioned by Robert Cram, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA). The text fragments are translations of ancient Sanskrit love poems, read by Liz Hamel. The computer software, designed by the composer and developed for this composition was supported by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).