for flute, piano and electronics, 4' 40"
Premiered by Emma Rose Bauman and Justin Veira at the Boston Conservatory, on 16th November, 2019. This piece is part of the album Playlists.
Playlists was recorded, mixed and mastered by Maurice Soque Jr., and released on 15th July, 2020.
Samples takes the idea of an overplayed hook or sample and exaggerates it even further. I repeat the same idea on the piano throughout the piece, trying my best to create interest by changing flute textures, and employing time stretched and reversed samples of tabla hits and ruler slaps for some fun ambience.
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.