for prepared violin, soprano, alto sax, horn, harp & piano with amplification
for ensemble dal niente
Using a lot of care and a very slow bowing technique on the detuned lowest string of a prepared violin, a quiet popping sound can be produced. The attack and body of the sound is noisy, but there is a little halo of pitch surrounding it. This sound recalled to me an optical effect with a very poetic name: A "glory" is similar to the optical effect known as a "halo," but involves ice particles instead of water in the air. When white light gets split up and redirected by the ice in the air, it changes direction, moving back toward the observer and creating the effect of a halo around the shadow of the observer's head due to resonant effects. Throughout this sextet white noise textures get thrown into contact with energetic crystallized gestures that redirect the sound into different pitch and timbral profiles.
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