Warped (2007)

for alto saxophone and electroacoustic media
5 minutes

Program Note


Warped was designed from various saxophone tones that are “warped”. Sound effects were derived exclusively from saxophone samples: long tones, trills, and multiphonics. The work combines several genres, including jazz harmonies, grooves characteristic of popular music, as well as motivic devices that can be found in the standard classical saxophone repertoire. Extended techniques are merely used to add accent, in the same way that a jazz performer may add growls or pitch bends.

While writing this work, I was trying to meld two extremes that are current trends in new saxophone music. There is music based purely on nuance, emphasizing the possibilities of extended techniques, as well as technical virtuosity. But there is another almost rebellious style, a turn to tonality, repetition, and heavy post-minimalist aspects.