Tides

Denis Smalley

Tides has been performed in Melbourne, Montréal and Paris…

The sonic images of Tides are based on analogies between water and sound — motion, textures, images of turbulence, strength and tranquillity, the play of colors and light, and the intimacy and immensity of space. The first movement — Pools and Currents — is constructed around a series of interlocked ‘pools,’ each of which has a different character. The pool idea suggests textural play, while the idea of ‘currents’ stresses the more linear motion that propels the movement forward. The pools come to rest in a broad seascape out of which the wave-like gestures of the second movement, Sea Flight, emerge.

Tides is the first of my works to use computer transformations of source material.

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Tides was completed in 1984 and mixed at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK). Materials for the work were created during visits to a number of studios - the University of Toronto Computer Systems Research Group (the Structured Sound Synthesis Project’s system), the Experimental Studio of Finnish Radio, and the Groupe de recherches musicales (Ina-GRM) Digital Studio — Studio 123. The piece was commissioned by the Groupe de recherches musicales (Ina-GRM) in Paris (France).

Premiere

  • April 30, 1984, Cycle acousmatique 1984: Concert, Grand Auditorium — Maison de la radio, Paris (France)

Details

stereo fixed medium

Movements

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Broadcasts