Vase Hsiao-Lan Wang

for tape alone

The title of this piece, Vase, describes where most of the sound sources came from. While recording, the unique clear overtones of the fundamentals from the vase were discovered and thus inspired this composition.

Vase starts with the sound of water dripping and then pouring followed by a lyrical section. Knocking sounds enter and build up the tension. Rhythmic quality in the middle section is a result of edited improvisation. Original rhythms of the recording develop in various ways such as looping, layering, expanding, and imitating, with an idea of fugue in mind. The ending concludes entire composition with the reflection of the basic materials used in priory sections over an ostinato that provides a sense of completion.

Vase received its premiere on the first Kansas City Electronic Music Festival in 2000 and was featured in Logos Foundation in Ghent, Belgium in 2001.

  • Year of composition: 1999
  • Hardware used: Mac, Kurtzweil 2500
  • Software used: Sound Designer II, SoundMaker, Peak, Sample Cells, Studio Vision, ProTools
  • Duration of the submitted work: 5:01
  • Production: impact

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