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A Snowball's Chance

For guitar and 2-channel fixed media

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Estimated Duration
6 - 10min

ISMN : 979-0-2325-6706-8

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The form of A Snowball's Chance is that of a misshapen "snowballing" of sonic-behavioral materials that grow more fragmented and grainy as they accumulate. The dense monolith at the opening of the work eventually dissolves into an array of rapidly alternating, morphing, or uneasily coexisting sonic objects. The guitar and tape parts engage in this process in parallel with more or less separate sets of materials, though there are many discernible points of intersection and frequent examples of overt counterpoint or cross-synthesis. The tape part derives entirely from guitar sounds produced in collaboration with Colin McAllister. Although some of the sounds have been substantially processed, a large number appear unadulterated (or minimally edited/manipulated a la magnetic tape music), the original acoustic sound phenomena having been sufficiently realized and captured in the studio. The sound production techniques found throughout the piece include: bowing the strings, scraping the strings with the nails (where speed controls pitch), use of freely vibrating alligator clip, extensive percussion on the body of the instrument, and a nail file on the strings. Additionally, the guitar is tuned in ascending quarter tones, so that the open strings produce a microtonal cluster.
Acoustic guitar
Performed by Colin McAliister.
Score Details
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Pages - 20

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