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Dynamic Architecture 1

posted on 04.09.2021, 07:34 authored by Cat HopeCat Hope
For double bass and electronics
Composed 2015
Commissioned by Mark Cauvin
21 minutes long.

"A magnificent music...21 minutes of tension' Kasper Toeplitz,Revue et Corigee 2014, Dec 2017.

The work uses a unique score type that enables a simultaneous playing of the score and the electronics in a synchronized way. The electronic part consists of four sine tones, each tuned slightly lower than a unique tuning for the double bass, and played through a transducer resting on the body of the bass. The electronics ‘sound’ the bass, through its body and vibration of the strings. The double bass, performed on its back with three bows, is activated in different ways, through bowing of the tail piece, a bow ‘rehaired’ with guitar strings and delicate ‘col legno’ bowing to create multiple layers beyond the expected range of the double bass. The work takes its departure from what is often called dynamic architecture, a term that is often used to describe designs in urban architecture that prevent human engagement such as loitering sleeping or play. The shapes used provide key structural and harmonic information in the work.
A digital or hard copy of the score is available from Material Press.

This piece uses the Decibel ScorePlayer to read the score and generate the electronic part. The electronic part (sent to the transducer) is embedded in the double bass score.

The majority of my compositions use scores that are read on an iPad tablet computer, using the Decibel ScorePlayer, an application available on the App Store . Any fixed media is embedded in the score, and some feature automated functions. In the case of ensemble works, multiple iPads can be networked on a LAN or over the Internet so parts can be read in a synchronised way. You should upload the score file (ending with.dsz) to your iPad from your computer via AirDrop on an Apple, or cable from a PC. Instructions on how to do this and using the Decibel ScorePlayer, more generally are included in the Application, which ships with five other scores.

Thus my works have different versions of the score, as you may see above. A PDF/PNG file of the score ‘image’, a DSZ file to upload onto the iPad for performance, and for some less complex scores, a video version. Hardcopies are also available from my publisher. You can find out more about the Decibel ScorePlayer, and how to make your own scores for it, here.

Premiered October 15, 2015, at Sound Spectrum - Music From Visitors - by Mark Cauvin.
ACMC November 2015, Bon Marche Studio, UTS. by Mark Cauvin.

Featured on Cat Hope 'Ephemeral Rivers' CD, Hat[now]ART 200
Used in the film Stones for Dancing Stones for Dying by Kate McMillan
Used in the film soundtrack for Blight, directed by Perun Bonser.


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