Each piece integrates live cello with digital processing and sampled audio playback. David's In Electric Resist (2010) is composed of periodic harmonic glissandi, coupled with fragmentary samples of the live performed material recycled through the body of the instrument by a series of sonic transducers. Peter's four moments near water (2012) pairs field recordings of bodies of water from different locations with extended performance techniques on the cello. The period motion of water forms the structural foundation of the work, guiding the listener through various soundscapes. Dylan's de geometria (2012) explores Archimedean and Vitruvian conceptions of the foundation of mechanical motion in the architect's manipulation of cyclical movement, in turn founded upon the rotation of the celestial bodies. The highly-specifically notated graphic score translates circular harmonic motion and musical gesture into circular geometric forms.
The physical artifact of this project will be published as a Limited Edition 180-gram vinyl LP. The motion of the record on the turntable is a physical distillation of the cyclical strata investigated in David, Peter, and Dylan's compositions. The mechanism of acoustic reproduction reflects the physical processes investigated by each work; the medium is inseparable from the pieces embedded within. This project is funded by a 2012 Oberlin Creativity Fund Grant.
released October 14, 2012
recorded: May 20-25, 2012
produced and mastered by David Bird
original artwork by Victor Adán