for brake drum (2003)
duration is 6′
"I found a car “brake drum” on the side of the road and decided to make this bit of wreckage into a musical instrument. The metamorphosis from refuse into something of beauty attracted me. Here, in sound, as in Duchamp’s art, the trash placed on a pedestal takes on new meaning. The title points to this relationship while characterizing the musical processes at work. Musically the piece focuses on two ideas: 1) the acoustic sonorities of the brake drum, and 2) the “broken drum” metaphor represented by rhythmic systems that in various ways are imperfectly constructed or disintegrated through cross-polymetric relationships."
Broken Drum was written for percussionist Morris Palter.
Performance materials include a PDF score and an electronic track.