a glass is not a glass Adam Basanta

“a glass is a glass is a glass” – adapted from Gertrude Stein
“Ceci n’est pas une verre” – adapted from René Magritte

The sound of a common wine glass encapsulates both its banal everyday use as well as the inherent musicality of everyday objects. This ordinary sound, excited by various means, is treated with a metaphoric sonic magnifying lens, highlighting its various characteristics: attack and resonance, harmonicity and inharmonicity, rhythm and texture.

The untreated sound functions as both departure and arrival points, allowing elastic musical elaborations between each concréte bookend. This interplay, between the recognizable quotidian sound and its more abstract modulations, acts as the main developmental motif in the piece, and is explored throughout eleven intertwined movements.

Source: 2010

  • Year of composition: 2009
  • Genre: Electroacoustics
  • Format: Fixed media
  • Software used: Pro tools, audiosculpt, Csound, Cecilia, MacCsound, MaxMsp.
  • Duration of the submitted work: 18:56
  • Production: Home

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