for violin and electronics, 3' 30"
Premiered by Michelle Guzman at the Boston Conservatory, on 28th February, 2020. This piece is part of the album Playlists.
Playlists was recorded, mixed and mastered by Maurice Soque Jr., and released on 15th July, 2020.
Flux was originally written as Valinor, a piece for my string and electronics album influenced by the Lord of the Rings. It ended up going a completely different way during the writing process, so I decided to include it in this album. Majority of the electronics track focuses on achieving a consistent "fluttery" ambience. I used a short section of Ravel's Trios Poemes de Mallarme as an element in the track, changing pitch, filters and so forth. Additionally, the sound of rain was used, filtered in a way to make the rain "sing". All of these elements play under the Violin, which, at times reacts to the electronics with it's own ideas, and at other times, tries it's best to stay afloat.
About the album Playlists
Playlists sets to incorporate my electronic influences within my contemporary classical practices. The aim was to contextualize instruments traditionally found in the classical music world, within the realm of the modern listener by utilising relatable sounds heard in modern music.
At the same time, the album was constructed on almost with a sense of irony - the idea of streaming playlists and their effect on the structure and length of modern songs was very interesting to me. To catch more listeners and highly competitive playlists, songs tend to start right with the hook, within the first 30 seconds of music. I played around with this idea by adding hooks within this timeframe, or extended the hook right after the 30 second limit (which is what you need to reach for monetization), and just not using a hook at all. Understanding this is not important to understand the music in this album, but is more of a fun inside joke.