Tempo Distortion #4
TEMPO DISTORTION #4
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Watch Performance by Scotty Horey at the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts, February 2009
Tempo Distortion #4 is a conceptual study in simultaneously occurring patterns in different tempi for solo marimba and pre-recorded and processed marimba samples. The marimba part is a continuous stream of notes consisting of thirteen repeating patterns that shift gradually in tempo from fast to medium tempo and back to fast. Each of the marimba’s patterns follows a dynamic effect of soft (mp) to loud (ff) to soft (mp). The pre-recorded track was assembled from marimba samples recorded by David Gerhart. The samples were manipulated and transformed through digital looping and pitch shifting techniques and then layered to create a continuum of phasing rhythmic structures. The combination of the live performance elements and recorded sounds results in a sonic landscape of shifting tempo ambiguities and overlapping textural densities.
The piece can be performed with two speakers very close to the performer with the lights dimmed to create a blurred sonic effect of live and pre-recorded sound.
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