Instrumentation: Wind Ensemble & Electronics
Commission: University of Virginia
UVA Wind Ensemble, William Pease, Conductor
Old Cabell Auditorium, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Being in Time, for wind ensemble and electronics (originally scored for Wind Ensemble, conductor-controlled electronics and interactive video) plays with our experience of flow. Supported in part by a Faculty Research Grant for the Arts from the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts at the Univerisity of Virginia, the original version was premiered by the UVA Wind Ensemble. It combined interactive technologies: a kinect controller read the conductor’s gestures to play and shape the electronic sound; activity level, amplitude and frequency bands collected from two microphones controlled the visual elements.
While developing the concept, I thought about the relationship between time and place, and decided to make all the elements local in origin, in Charlottesville and the beautiful surrounding Blue Ridge region. I created the electronic music by processing recordings I made of wind ensemble members; all of the images were also drawn from local scenes. To make the piece accessible to a variety of wind ensembles, it is now available without the interactive elements, with either a DVD for playback, or just with the electronic music, playable on a variety of devices. It was performed in this version by the UT-Austin Wind Ensemble conducted by Jerry Junkin to great effect.
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