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Undertow

Jonty Harrison

  • Year of composition: 2007
  • Duration: 12:19
  • Instrumentation: 8-channel fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Commission: Compagnie Pierre Deloche
  • ISWC: T0117415798

Stereo

ISRC CAD500721410

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  • MP3, 320 kbps
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Surround 5.1

ISRC CAD500721350

  • Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Plunging beneath the waves we discover a world teaming with life and pulsing with energy. But we cannot hold our breath forever. (And not only that, there seem to be cars down here, masquerading as breaking waves!)


Undertow was realized in 2007 at the composer’s studio and premiered on June 2, 2007 at Place des Terreaux in Lyon (France) as part of the choreographic project Océan Cité by Compagnie Pierre Deloche Danse. It was commissioned by the Compagnie Pierre Deloche for Océan Cité which also involved composers Bernard Fort, Magdalena Dlugosz, James Giroudon, and Jean-François Estager. Thanks to Martin Clarke for additional sea recordings from the Shetland Islands (Scotland, UK).


Premiere

  • June 2, 2007, Concert, Place des Terreaux, Lyon (Rhône, France)

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ReCycle

Jonty Harrison

  • Year of composition: 1999-2006
  • Duration: 47:39
  • Instrumentation: 8-channel fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T0117414900

Surround 5.1

ReCycle is a series of four works based loosely on the four Greek classical elements: earth — Rock ’n’ Roll (2004); fire — Internal Combustion (2005-06); air — Free Fall (2006); and water — Streams (1999). The title ReCycle came primarily from the fact that many themes and sound types I have used in earlier works are revisited here, but it also reflects the possibility that listeners may detect a sub-text of environmental concern — something which I readily acknowledge and which runs through much of my work since the 1980s. Each piece in the series was composed using a slightly different multi-loudspeaker configuration and explores different aspects and types of motion, trajectory and spatial organisation.


ReCycle premiered in its complete form as a series of 4 works on May 25, 2007 during the Klangfest festival produced by BEAST at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham (UK).


Premiere

  • May 25, 2007, Klangfest: Concert 2, CBSO Centre, Birmingham (England, UK)

Rock ’n’ Roll

Jonty Harrison

  • Year of composition: 2004
  • Duration: 11:43
  • Instrumentation: 8-channel fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9002759457

Stereo

ISRC CAD500721420

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  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Surround 5.1

ISRC CAD500721360

  • Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

To my wife Ali

When we moved house, we inherited a heavy garden roller with a concrete wheel and a rusting steel tyre. Rolling this around the garden pathways proved sonically interesting, as did its tendency to demolish various bits of wall and other stonework. I’m not much of a gardener!

In the studio, my attention became more focused on the ‘rock’ sounds than on the roller sounds which had originally caught my ear. In particular, I became preoccupied with getting as close as possible to the rocks (possibly even ‘inside’ them), in contrast to the more open, spacious and ‘environmental’ use of the roller and the garden ambience. The multichannel format allowed a further exaggeration of this contrast, using stereo speakers for the close material and a surround array for the ambience.

Rock ’n’ Roll is dedicated to my wife, Ali, who did the energetic bit of the recordings while I just held the microphones and yelled instructions! The title of the piece just had to be…


Rock ’n’ Roll was realized in 2004 at the composer’s studio and in the Electroacoustic Music Studios of the University of Birmingham (UK) premiered on June 12, 2004 at the Sonic Arts Network (SAN) Conference in Leicester (UK). Thanks to Pete Batchelor for special adaptations of his Max patches. •• Rock ’n’ Roll is the work #1 of 4 that make up ReCycle which premiered in its complete form on May 25, 2007 during the Klangfest festival produced by BEAST at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham (UK).


Premiere

  • June 12, 2004, Sonic Arts Network Conference, Leicester (England, UK)

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Internal Combustion

Jonty Harrison

  • Year of composition: 2005-06
  • Duration: 11:43
  • Instrumentation: 8-channel fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T0117414922

Stereo

ISRC CAD500721430

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  • MP3, 320 kbps
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Surround 5.1

ISRC CAD500721370

  • Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

I would like to think that the overt use of the sounds of car engines in Internal Combustion is an ironic underlining of the theme of environmental concern which lurks in the background of all the works in ReCycle — but I must confess to a dilemma here. The fact is I like cars, even though I fully acknowledge the damage they inflict on the environment.

In addition to recordings of car engines (many made using accelerometers as well as air microphones), other forms of transport (trains, planes, ships, bicycles, motorbikes and a Basel tram) are sonically present in Internal Combustion. The work is in four sections (echoing the intake-compression-ignition-exhaust cycle of the 4-stroke internal combustion engine), separated by dramatic ‘arrivals’ and ‘departures,’ and framed by more ‘environmental’ scenes (including traffic as an unavoidable part of our everyday experience).


Internal Combustion was realized in 2005-06 at the composer’s studio and the Elektronisches Studio Basel (ESB) of the Musik-Akademie Basel (Basel, Switzerland), and premiered on November 17, 2006 at the Museum Tinguely in Basel (Switzerland). Thanks to the University of Birmingham and to the Arts and the Humanities Research Council (UK) for Study Leave support; to Erik Oña for the invitation to Basel; to the Bartels Foundation for a residency in the Atelier Zum Kleinen Markgräflerhof (Basel, Switzerland); to Pete Batchelor and Daniel Barreiro for Max patches; to Keith Moule and Paul Rodmell for putting their vehicles at risk by allowing me to attach accelerometers to the engines. •• Internal Combustion is the work #2 of 4 that make up ReCycle which premiered in its complete form on May 25, 2007 during the Klangfest festival produced by BEAST at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham (UK).


Premiere

  • November 17, 2006, Concert, Museum Tinguely, Basel (Switzerland)

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Free Fall

Jonty Harrison

  • Year of composition: 2006
  • Duration: 7:54
  • Instrumentation: 8-channel fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T0117414933

Stereo

ISRC CAD500721440

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  • MP3, 320 kbps
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Surround 5.1

ISRC CAD500721380

  • Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Free Fall is the shortest piece of the four works which make up ReCycle and, perhaps partly also because of its position in the cycle as a whole, functions as a kind of scherzo.

The image in my mind when composing the piece was that of falling through space — akin to the ‘sport’ of free fall parachute jumping — dropping unavoidably towards the earth, with occasional swirls and tumbles as the jumper is buffeted around by passing gusts of air. No sum of money in the world would be sufficient to induce me to jump out of an aircraft, so I have had to try to (re)create the sensation purely by means of sound and its rapid movement past the listener. Some of the material which flies past in this manner and which we hear only fleetingly is drawn from sources which we might well expect to behave in this way of its own accord. However (and this may also contribute to the scherzo-like character of the work), brief moments from the other three pieces in ReCycle also come flying past our ears, some of which (waves breaking on the shore, the rattle of stones and the revving of car engines) are unlikely to feature prominently during the average parachute jump!


Free Fall was realized in 2006 at the composer’s studio and the Elektronisches Studio Basel (ESB) of the Musik-Akademie Basel (Basel, Switzerland), and was revised and re-mixed at the Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio of Musiques & Recherches in Ohain (Belgium). The piece premiered on October 20, 2006 during the 13th International Acousmatic Festival L’Espace du son (Brussels, Belgium). Thanks to the University of Birmingham and to the Arts and the Humanities Research Council (UK) for Study Leave support; to Erik Oña for the invitation to Basel and for the Max spatialization patch which allowed the achievement of most of the motion trajectories in the piece; to Pete Batchelor and Daniel Barreiro for further Max patches; to the Bartels Foundation for a residency in the Atelier Zum Kleinen Markgräflerhof (Basel, Switzerland); to Annette Vande Gorne for the residency at Musiques & Recherches (Ohain, Belgium). •• Free Fall is the work #3 of 4 that make up ReCycle which premiered in its complete form on May 25, 2007 during the Klangfest festival produced by BEAST at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham (UK).


Premiere

  • October 20, 2006, L’Espace du son 2006: Carte blanche et concert portrait: Jonty Harrison, Théâtre Marni, Brussels (Belgium)

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Streams

Jonty Harrison

  • Year of composition: 1999
  • Duration: 16:12
  • Instrumentation: 8-channel fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Commission: Sonorities Festival with support from the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland
  • ISWC: T9247804053

Stereo

ISRC CAD500721450

  • AAC, 320 kbps
  • MP3, 320 kbps
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Surround 5.1

ISRC CAD500721390

  • Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

The image evoked most immediately is, of course, that of water — turbulent, troubled, restless, at the mercy of wind and terrain, flowing onward to the sea — itself turbulent and in constant motion. Evaporation, clouds and rainfall complete the cycle which is always renewing, always moving…

The primary sound sources for Streams are drawn from the turbulent points of confluence of water, earth and air (liquid, solid, gas): river, sea-shore and rainfall. This gives rise to behaviour such as trickling, bubbling, pattering (like drums? Listen out for a mysterious Irish visitor!) and the overriding rise and fall of perpetual wave motion, which seems to have become a model for the structure of the whole piece…

Streams of data, of consciousness and, most importantly, of perception — the ability to link often disparate elements together and to understand, to ‘hear,’ that they are part of one line, one ‘stream of thought,’ distinct from other (possibly coexisting) parallel or contrapuntal streams. The multichannel medium (which I used here for the first time in a work for tape alone) assists in the streaming processes, and also emphasizes the agitation of relentless motion…

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Streams was realized in 1999 in the Electroacoustic Music Studios of the University of Birmingham (UK) and premiered on May 4, 1999 in Queen’s University’s Harty Room during the Sonorities Festival (Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK). The piece was commissioned by the Sonorities Festival with funds from the National Lottery and Sonorities. •• Streams is the work #4 of 4 that make up ReCycle which premiered in its complete form on May 25, 2007 during the Klangfest festival produced by BEAST at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham (UK).


Premiere

  • May 4, 1999, Concert, Harty Room — Music Building — Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK)

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Afterthoughts

Jonty Harrison

  • Year of composition: 2007
  • Duration: 15:59
  • Instrumentation: 8-channel fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T0117415801

Stereo

ISRC CAD500721460

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  • MP3, 320 kbps
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Surround 5.1

ISRC CAD500721400

  • Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

The everyday sounds of a suburban garden in early summer evoke more disturbing memories and imaginings as the listener drifts into semi-slumber…


Afterthoughts was realized in 2007 at the composer’s studio and premiered on November 3, 2007 during the MANTIS Festival 2007: Novars Launch in the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall of the Martin Harris Centre of The University of Manchester (UK).


Premiere

  • November 3, 2007, MANTIS Fall Festival — Novars Launch: Concert 2, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall — Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama — The University of Manchester, Manchester (England, UK)

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