Tranquil InDensity (2007)

for electroacoustic media
6 minutes

Program Note


During one of the many long, coffee-filled, nights in the computer music studio at Indiana University, I accidentally created a resonant wash of sound by heavily processing some samples. I first convolved saxophone multiphonics with noises created by hitting a coffee cup, and then processed the effect even further. The product was to my surprise a rather dense and organ-like ambience, with a subtle melody embedded. It is introduced as a tranquil, muted ring, and after each building section, it grows into its full strength. As I isolated various timbres from the resonance, I designed other tones that emerge and dissolve.  This tranquil, dense, ringing reverberation recurs and alternates with contrasting rhythmic sections.