The Unveiling 初度

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pipa improvisation with live electronics

i. Algum 木 (0:00)
ii. Aerium 氣 (0:38)
iii. Crystallum 晶 (2:05)
iv. Eluvium 土 (7:15)
v. Metallum 金 (7:50)

Composed in SuperCollider, a real-time audio synthesis and algorithmic composition programming language, “The Unveiling” is a written for pipa improvisation and live processing. It is inspired by synesthesiac associations between the quality of sound and feel of different materials. The suite evokes a journey from wood (the body of the instrument) to air, crystal, earth and metal. It at the same time transitions from acoustic sounds to live-processed electronics. The performer mediates the dialog between computer and instrument by improvising to the electronic sounds at the moment. The decaying notes and enlarging auditory spaces connect the music between acoustic and synthetic worlds.


from The Unveiling 初度, released March 3, 2019


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