Radiator Philip Mantione

Radiator is music based on the sound that a radiator makes as it begins to heat up. Trapped moisture produces a random banging sound, accompanied by the hissing of steam. The first part of the work is comprised of computer manipulated samples of this sound, presented as discrete cells of identical length (20 seconds) and placed adjacent to each other in time. This creates a macro-rhythm dictated by a sequence of mini-drones, in which perceived duration becomes a function of sonic density and rhythmic complexity. Later in the work, drone sounds from previous works (both acoustic and electronic) are layered over the ongoing radiator samples, further complicating the perception of time. The final section involves an accelerando, as each radiator sample becomes slightly shorter than the previous one.

  • Year of composition: 1999
  • Duration of the submitted work: 26:28

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