The Face of the Waters

Randall Smith

  • Year of composition: 1988
  • Duration: 9:40
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T0705095039


ISRC CAD509410880

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

The Face of the Waters is a composition which borrows its ideas from the sounds of water, ranging from a babbling brook to crashing waves, transfiguring these images to new sonic depths. The piece is composed of four movements, with each movement building gradually to a crescendo. The sounds used in this composition were either created electronically or by the manipulation of everyday objects, like broken springs in a chesterfield, the clanging of glass objects and lightbulbs. No real water sounds were used. Finally the sounds went through various manipulations to produced the desired effects.

The Face of the Waters was realized at the composer’s studio in 1988 and received its concert premiere on June 30, 1992 at the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles — Annexe Stassart during the “Traces électro Europe 92” concert tour.


  • June 30, 1992, Traces électro — Europe 92, Cycle acousmatique 92: Concert Diffusion i média (Montréal), Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles — Annexe Stassart, Brussels (Belgium)