The Negotiation of Context (B)
for two pianos and two bass drums(2009)
|Commission||Commissioned by Yarn / Wire with funds from Meet the Composer|
|Premiere||February 18th, 2010; Greenwich Music House, New York, NY; Yarn/Wire|
A sound can be heard by itself or as a part of something else––as a part of a whole.
The few times that a sound is heard alone, it is heard as the composite of all its features interacting with each other.
When a sound is heard as a part of something else, certain features suddenly seem more signiﬁcant than others––its singularity is broken.
Through interactions with other sounds, the sound acquires a context.
Continuous re–contextualization activates the sound's ability to be heard in new ways––its latent potential becomes audible.