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Soundpieces from SCRATCH (1975) [21:00]
experimental style

Electric Clarinet and 12 more on tape.

Publisher:
Soundlib Press

Recording:
None

A solo-ensemble piece - for one live performer and twelve of the same,
recorded and mixed to a quad tape. While SCRATCH is referential, this work
is primarily abstract, dealing with the phenomenon of sound localization
and movement within the quadraphonic performance environment.

Program Note:
SOUNDPIECES from SCRATCH (1975) (score included) is, like its progenitor, a
solo-ensemble piece - for one live performer and twelve of the same,
recorded and mixed to a quad tape. While SCRATCH is referential, this work
is primarily abstract, dealing with the phenomenon of sound localization
and movement within the quadraphonic performance environment. Obviously,
this stereo recording cannot display many of these factors. The solo
clarinetist stands in the center of the hall; his instrument is equipped
with a transducer attached to a small synthesizer with a loudspeaker
located nearby. The initial "real" clarinet sounds are progressively
modified by live-electronic processors. The style also progresses - from
the opening abstract sound-structures to the ending ring-modulator-based
blues.