- Year of composition: 2006-07
- Duration: 25:29
- Instrumentation: 5.1-channel fixed medium
3Pieces comprises three abstract works based on recordings of violin, horn and piano which can be played separately or together. They were written as part of a collaborative creative event focusing around a horn trio. Originally conceived as ‘electroacoustic interludes,’ 3Pieces evolved into something much larger, taking in a research project exploring the nature of free play and improvisation within fixed medium works. As with earlier works, my concerns whilst composing 3Pieces were focused towards cataloguing and choosing usable material from a vast array of experimental sounds. Whilst methods involving improvisation with material may lend themselves to bricolage, composers of electroacoustic music rarely resort to something so serendipitous. However, it remains difficult to describe and justify the decision making process through anything other than the medium itself. I approached this problem from two angles. The first was to create a performance instrument (using a graphics tablet) that would possibly enable more ‘human’ interaction with material. The second was to begin to investigate recording, tracking and cataloguing the composition process. 3Pieces relies heavily on the former process. Whilst each piece is focused upon one instrument, the spectre of the ‘horn trio’ remains.
3Pieces was realized in 2006-07 at the composer’s studio and premiered on March 20, 2007 during the Crossing Continents concert in Firth Hall of The University of Sheffield (UK). Thanks to Tom James (horn), and Peter Cropper (violin).
- March 20, 2007, Crossing Continents, Firth Hall — The University of Sheffield, Sheffield (England, UK)