Physics of Seduction. Invocation #3 (1992) Peggy Lee, cello18:15
This is one of my longer works for solo instrument and tape but it is quite easy to follow because of the ABA structure.
From the start A goes to 6’30” and returns at 15’30” to the end.
In-between each section there is a subdued solo cello part.
The work is part of the Walls cycle, and section B uses the intense Walls music in 1/8 tones. Section A, although still very wild, extensively explores the Just Intonation moments of the Walls Cycle.
For most people seeing the live cellist going wild on their instrument is a sheer physical and visual joy.
My strongest memories of the work were creating the tape part for Section A by using my Double bass and Cello. The studio recordings toke me months, in which most of my time was spent retuning the open strings, because I was extensively using their natural harmonics. After a week of that work you are willing to rip out the tuning pegs of your string instrument and replace them with the tuning keys from a modern electric guitar!
Richard Armin commissioned the work.
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