Speaker Swinging

Notes de programme

Speaker Swinging is an experiment for three or more swinging loudspeakers and nine audio oscillators. The idea comes from hearing such things as Leslie  speakers, moving vehicles with broadcasting sound systems, airplanes, and  other moving sound sources. The subsequent acoustical processes of phasing,  vibrato, and tremolo are fundamental to the work, as are the elements of sweat,  struggle, fear, and seduction. 

Speaker Swinging grew out of a desire to animate the typical electronic music  concert and in effect, to realise the loudspeaker as a valid electronic music  instrument in itself.  

The rotary speaker motion and the corresponding Doppler shifts can become  metaphors for the molecular movements of electrons that occur within solid state  tremolo and vibrato circuits. It mimics these miniature processes that not long  ago were modelled on human-scale mechanical-acoustic systems. By making  reference to the atomic, it necessarily acknowledges the celestial. 

Speaker Swinging was first inspired by hearing cars cruising on a hot summer  night with music blasting out of the windows. As the cars cruised by, there was  that fleeting moment of wet, fluid music, when one tonality melts into another

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Année de composition
1982