premiered november 2014, by ensemble mosaik at the bludenzer tage zeitgemäßer musik festival
mp3:
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flint (2014)
for extremely amplified wind section, percussion, wacom tablet piano-transducer-feedback instrument, violin, viola, cello, and handheld speakers

Striking flint rock against iron pyrite, tiny sparks leap from seemingly nowhere into existence. Like the combination of sounds, when a spark contacts flammable material a flame forms; expanding and transforming as it grows, feeding itself on the material, continuing until it has released as much of the material’s content as it can before diffusing into the air.

The machinery of life follows a similar progression — from the microscopic drama of atoms, cells, neurons, leaves, amoebas, and digital bits — to the macro-scale drama of lives, societies, and universe-sized ecosystems. The piece flint composed for ensemble mosaik, is not universe-sized, but instead is comprised of millions of microscopic lives and deaths in sound.

Documentation:
Score:PDF
 
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wacom piano-transducer-feedback instrument demonstration


A set of transducers placed on the strings of the piano, and a contact microphone placed on the piano sound board are controlled by a multitouch wacom tablet.

 
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For Flint I developed a notation approach that attempts to simultaneously describe the the physical gestures of performance as well as the resulting sound. The score was created in Adobe Illustrator with custom notation scripts written in Javascript.

notation example, see full score for details

 
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wiring diagram