Yantra X

Sergio Barroso

  • Year of composition: 1982
  • Duration: 16:29
  • Instrumentation: bassoon and stereo fixed medium
  • Commission: Jesse Read, with support from the CCA
  • ISWC: T0703520799


ISRC CAD509612100

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

Yantra means ‘cosmogram’ and is an age-old set of Tibetan graphic symbols representing the cosmos. I used it as a device to generate random structures, tempo and dynamic concepts. Yantra X is the last piece in a cycle of instrumental works with and without electroacoustic elements on which I worked for over a decade.

Yantra X subtitled “de profundis” is an intimate and lyrical composition combining a solo bassoon with prerecorded and electroacoustically modified bassoon on tape. A recording score performed by Jesse Read provided the tape sound materials. These were subsequently transformed through complex settings of the Buchla 200 voltage-control analog synthesizer. Up to twelve tracks were mixed into the final stereo tape. The solo live part exploits the bassoon sound qualities and technical possibilities across the full register range of the instrument and beyond.

Yantra X was realized at the University of Victoria Electroacoustic Music Studio (British Columbia, Canada) between January and February 1982. The piece was commissioned by Jesse Read with support from the Canada Council [for the Arts] (CCA) and premiered by him in May, 1982 at the Utrecht Conservatorium (Netherlands).


  • May 1982, Jesse Read, bassoon • Concert, Utrecht Conservatorium, Utrecht (Netherlands)


About this recording

This version was recorded at Ireme studio in Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada) between June 1994 and February 1995 — sound recording: Sergio Barroso; with the assistance of Michael Maguire. Neuman and AKG microphone were used for reciding the acoustic instrument.