SuperStrings has been performed in Brussels, Cagliari, Denton and Montréal…
To my father
SuperStrings uses natural string sounds: those made from the piano and harpsichord, predominantly harmonics and gestures made by scraping the strings with the hands and other objects. There are also passages where these instruments perform in the manner in which they were originally conceived with single notes, clusters, strings of pseudo-random walks and harmonic passages being played either by hand or with the help of a Yahama Disklavier.
SuperStrings resides in a world of pitched and pulsed sections and drifts from the real into the unreal. The sectional nature of the work is highlighted by two similar but contrasting pulsed passages ‘colored’ and articulated with other sounds. Repetition of other material leads to further understanding of the hierarchies of sound that made up the work.
SuperStrings as a word relates to the scientific theory of matter. All matter is made up of superstrings that are multi-dimensional and wave-like in nature. Imagine a nebula where energy and matter collide in a sea of light and heat. The soundworld of SuperStrings pulses with this raw energy.
SuperStrings was realized in 1998-99 at The University of Sheffield Sound Studios (USSS) (UK) and premiered on March 10, 2000 during the SEAMUS “AcousmaTex Conference” at the University of North Texas, Denton (USA). It was first recorded in 2001 on the CD Music from SEAMUS — volume 10 (EAM 2001).
- March 10, 2000, SEAMUS Y2K: Concert 4, Lyric Theater — Murchison Performing Arts Center — University of North Texas, Denton (Texas, USA)
March 10, 2000Denton (Texas, USA)
April 9, 2001Montréal (Québec)
October 4, 2002Brussels (Belgium)
June 25, 2006Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy)
January 13, 2014Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
October 31, 2016Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)