The Lowest Drawer

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The Lowest Drawer - 2013
bass flute, bass clarinet, cello and electronics.

This piece explores the contrasting nature of acoustic instruments and electronic sine tones, and what happens when they interact. The acoustic instruments are sampled at certain moments in the piece, and their pitch translated to a constant sine tone. These tones, from 13 different pick up points, gradually build to a 13-note chord, which will be different each time the piece is performed. The tones draw only pitch - all texture is stripped away yet their interactions with the acoustic instruments distort them. The first performer- cello - may choose any pitch to begin, but each note after that on all instruments must relate to the first pitch in predetermined relationships. Continuing Cat Hope's ongoing fascination with low frequency, the piece descends lower in pitch as it unfolds, ending in the extended lowest range (drawer) of each instrument. The Lowest Drawer was written for the International Symposium of Electronic Arts in Sydney where it was premiered in 2013.


from Tuned Darker, released January 19, 2015
Composer: Cat Hope



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