We should do this again on a cool, crisp fall day Eric Powell

I generated the tape portion for this piece using soundscape recordings of the ferry horns made on my trips to Bowen Island, BC and Staten Island, NY. These horns were edited, looped, and pitch-shifted. I found that by layering several of these loops at different pitches, a slow, undulating melody became apparent. Once I had completed the tape portion, I began hearing the trumpet solo conversing with the accompaniment. It shifts and turns with the looped ferry horns, evolving as a series of variations – each phrase interacting with the accompaniment in a different way as the ferry horns slowly revolve in and out of harmonic consonance.

The title refers to an overheard conversation on the deck of the Bowen Island ferry returning to Horseshoe Bay. A group of three couples were sitting in the warm sun of the last days of summer – enjoying the moment, yet still looking forward to the possibility of the future. I feel this is an important ideal to embrace, especially in the appreciation of music. So please – sit back, relax, enjoy this moment and look forward to the future.

  • Year of composition: 2008
  • Genre: Soundscape
  • Hardware used: Trumpet portion of the score is performed using digital reverb, EQ and multiple phrase recording/looping pedals
  • Software used: Kenaxis 3.03, designed by Stefan Smulovitz
  • Duration of the submitted work: 7:06
  • Production: MARS lab, New Media Studies Lab. U of Regina

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