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Khoomei Loops

for mixed chamber septet

Year:  2015   ·  Duration:  7m
Instrumentation:  flute (picc), clarinet, alto saxophone, piano, percussion (5 octave marimba and vibraphone), violin and cello

Year:  2015
Duration:  7m
Instrumentation  flute (picc), clarinet, alt...

Composer:   Michael Norris

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Michael Norris: Khoomei Loo...

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This work, an homage to the French ‘spectralist’ tradition, brings together my interests in non-Western vocal traditions — in this case, Mongolian throatsinging (‘khoomei’ is the deepest of the three styles of throatsinging) — with a kind of looping, imitative structure that hints at various kinds of electronic treatments. A voice-like quality permeates the instrumental writing, while the constant ‘recirculant delay line’ of the structure creates a slowly shifting organic texture reminiscent of Tristan Murail’s masterpiece Mémoire/Érosion.

Commissioned note

This work was commissioned and premiered by soundinitiative, with funding from Victoria University of Wellington.

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