quell (Score/Part & Fixed Media)

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quell (Score/Part & Fixed Media)

35.00

for solo contrabass, live processing, and fixed media

duration 7’30”

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“quell” is a direct response to the track “Foxes (Gagaku Wisdom)” from Crystal Mooncone’s first album Listening Music for the Age of Crystal Mooncone (2005). In this track, organ and electronics to respond to the resonance of the other and the space in which it is being performed. In “quell,” I sought to compositionally invert “Foxes” in as many ways as I could while still immersing the listener in a resonant sound world of pink noise. The fixed media is constructed from recorded church organ and provides the bulk of the noise world, while the bass responds to the resonance of the organ. The form takes an exact opposite form to “Foxes,” growing instead of shrinking, climbing instead of falling.

This piece is about a desire for calm in the midst of chaos.