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20172867
20172867
20172867

Balancing Acts - Music for Instruments & Electronic Sounds

By Russell Pinkston; Gregory Allen; Elizabeth McNutt; Patrick Hughes; Texas Qua-Tro; Bion Tsang; Colette Valentine

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By Russell Pinkston; Gregory Allen; Elizabeth McNutt; Patrick Hughes; Texas Qua-Tro; Bion Tsang; Colette Valentine. By Russell Pinkston. Classical. Enhanced listening CD. Published by Naxos (NX.RR7921).

Item Number: NX.RR7921

Composer and sound designer Russell Pinkston showcases a selection of his compositions for acoustic instruments and electronic sounds. Most of these pieces combine the two, capitalizing on the absolute precision and unlimited sonic potential of electronic media, while still taking advantage of the spontaneity and expressivity of live performance. Several works feature interactive software written by the composer, which tracks a live performer and generates an electronic accompaniment in real time. "In my view," says Pinkston, "there is an inherent tension between the acoustic and the electronic sound worlds, between sounds that radiate from the resonating physical bodies of acoustic instruments and those which emanate from loudspeakers."The composer fashions this tension within the pieces themselves and in the program of the album. Works range from the purely electronic, such as Orb Spells (2004), a five-movement work that is heavily based on Indian tabla rhythms, to the purely acoustic, such as Full Circle (2013) - written for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and piano - and Summer Rhapsody (2006), a straightforward and short work for violoncello and piano commissioned by renowned cellist Carlos Prieto. Between these two extremes of instrumentation are pieces like Lizamander (2003) for solo flute and interactive electronic sounds, which was written for flautist Elizabeth McNutt and described by the Computer Music Journal as "a careful balance of traditionally stark computer-generated sounds and attractive harmonic and rhythmic elements.".

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