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Contemplation on Little Big Muff (2000)for amplified - cello and percussionOdd Appetite duo: Nathan Davis, perc., Ha-Yang Kim, amplified cello.
you tell me about the title? i was thinking about the quality of sound
of the amplified cello. distorted. distorted through a Russian guitar
pedal (it’s called a “Big Muff”). what’s cool is that amplification
works to make more apparent the inherent qualities in the physicality of
sound which, without amplification, we are less aware: it brings out
the internal beatings (and therefore the tempos) within certain
intervals; it allows for the possibility of bringing out different
overtones from changing only the bowing position; it brings out the
artifacts of production noise. these qualities I find beautiful and in
contrast to the hierarchical dominance of pitch/harmony in western
Classical music. and there is a temporality necessary to make these
elements cognitively focused, therefore the “contemplation.”
This pieces was written for the ‘cello + percussion duo, Odd Appetite (Ha-Yang Kim + Nathan Davis).