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Of Breath

for B flat clarinet with electronic sounds and live processing (two performers)

Year:  2006   ·  Duration:  15m 10s

Year:  2006
Duration:  15m 10s

Composer:   Norman Skipp

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Of Breath is a duo for B flat clarinet with electronic sounds and live processing. It is an experimental work exploring aspects of electronic and instrument performance with particular emphasis on the combination of acoustic and electronic sound worlds to create a sound world of their own. The inherent acoustic characteristics of different clarinet colours are spotlighted, particularly the timbre and nature of notes within the throat area. The clarinet score although notated, is free in regards to time and interaction with the pre-composed electronic sounds to allow room for musical conversation in the performing of the piece. The clarinet is recorded and processed in real time and combined with the pre-composed electronic sounds. All sounds are derived from the sound of the B flat clarinet.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Gretchen Dunsmore with funds provided by Creative New Zealand

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Performance history

01 Feb 2006: Premiered by Gretchen La Roche (clarinet) and Norm Skipp (live electronics) at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

13 Feb 2006: Performed at CalArts, Valencia, California, U.S.A. by Gretchen La Roche (clarinet) and Norman Skipp

13 Oct 2006: Performed by Gretchen La Roche (clarinet) and Norman Skipp at a 175 East concert at All Saints Church, Ponsonby, Auckland, NZ

Performed at the Nelson Young Composer’s Workshop in June 2006 by Gretchen La Roche (clarinet) and Norman Skipp

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