for soprano, contrabass and electronics, 5' 30"
Premiered by Laura Virgina Pernas and Gillian Dana 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.
Sound Fields is a piece inspired and informed by the sounds I experience while at a contemporary music festival called New Music on the Point. It was situated next to a beautiful lake in Vermont - and one of those “life changing experiences”, you could say. It was definitely a privilege to be there and to hear all of the music there - I fell in love with the idea of meditative pieces - pieces where the ensemble serves to assist the listener in achieving a particular state of thoughtfulness and reflection (hopefully). The electronics used in this piece are all field recordings from the festival - the sound of wine glasses, the sound of friends jamming to a dulcimer while singing into it, and then sound of weird composers experimenting (while tipsy) with random found objects and the sounds they make. I originally wrote a piece for LIGAMENT, a soprano and contrabass duo, that was very experimental and out of my style. It was a learning experience writing for the group, but the whole festival made me realise where I wanted my music to be going, and this piece is a testament to that.
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.