Electric Violin and Electronic soundscape).
Total duration ca. 7 minutes (1999)
by Activist Music (ASCAP).
Commissioned in 1999 by violinist Mary Lou Newmark.
One movement work. 9 pages, 8.5" x 11".
in January 2001 by Sabrina Ann Berger, violin.
clip performed by
Sabrina Ann Berger, violin.
page one of the score
to an audio clip
of this piece
Score and audio track available from Activist Music for $25.00 print; $17.00 digital.
written for violinist Mary Lou Newmark, was first performed at a concert
of electro-acoustic music in Los Angeles in late 1999 and was recorded
by Sabrina Ann Berger in 2001. Although the majority of my writing these
days is for traditional acoustic ensembles, I've worked extensively
with electronic music since the time I was fifteen (in the mid-seventies,
when it took nearly a roomful of oscillators and patch cords to produce
a mere sine wave!), and have long used synthesizers, samplers and digital
audio in the context of scoring commercial film and TV projects.
Journey represents the first time in many years that I was asked
to compose a concert work using electronics, and it was a great deal
of fun to design sounds that could fill a space with frequencies that
I wouldn't otherwise find from acoustic instruments. The
piece begins with a quiet subsonic rumble that expands ominously into
the concert space and sets what Sabrina Ann Berger calls "a soulful
and very Buddhist-like foundation" for the entrance of the electric
violin. Undulating waves of sound crest and fall, contrasting the more
edgy tone of the violin and presenting the listener with a trip through
several sonic dimensions.