(1998) for saxophone and computer sound, 19:00
instrumentation: tenor/soprano saxophone + fixed media audio playback
Split Voices was composed during a residency at the Phonos Foundation/Audiovisual Institute of the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. The piece explores the non-linear, chaotic acoustic properties of the saxophone. By utilizing uncommon fingerings on the saxopohone the air column can be split in various ways creating multiphonics. Trills utilizing these multiphonic fingerings create complex meta-resonances in the air column. In Split Voicesthese sounds were recorded and their spectral components enhanced using generational spectral mutation functions. Out of these sounds come the harmony, timbre, form, melodies and rhythms of the piece.
Special thanks to the Phonos Foundation/Audiovisual Institute, and especially to Xavier Serra and Gabriel Brncic for their support of my work.
Split Voices (1998)
Performance materials include a PDF score and electronic backing track.