Icicles/Reflect Carey Nutman

This piece was composed in February, 1991, while I was studying for an M.A.at Huddersfield University. I was working on a series of short percussive studies. One of them, “ICICLES”, used only F.M. synthesis. A collection of sharp, brittle sounds was developed using a Yamaha TX81Z module. Sustaining textures were created on a Yamaha TX7 tone generator. The score was created using the C-Lab Notator MIDI sequencer program, running on an Atari 1040STe computer. This initial study was later expanded into a longer piece, “ICICLES/REFLECT”, by adding a new section to the score, which was, at first, simply a mirror image (retrograde) of the first section. Several timing corrections were made, to give this new music a more interactive counterpoint, so the REFLECTed section is no longer a true retrograde. Nevertheless, the arch like palindrome is quite discernible, and represents the coming and going of winter, the formation and the melting of ice. This work was first performed at a public concert in Aberdeen, Scotland, on the 29th of November, 1995.

  • Year of composition: 1991
  • Hardware used: Yamaha TX81Z module. Yamaha TX7 tone generator. The score was created using the C-Lab Notator MIDI sequencer program, running on an Atari 1040STe computer
  • Duration of the submitted work: 6:34
  • Production: Home

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Also part of Contrasts (MPS Music and Video - MPSCD001).

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