Red Snow (Microclimate II)

Natasha Barrett

Red Snow (Microclimate II) has been performed in Bergen, Birmingham and Montréal…

“Red snow” is snow coloured rose to blood red by a growth of algae or diatoms.

I moved to Norway in the winter, and the climate dramatically contrasted that of my home country England. Leaving behind everything I knew, I felt increasingly aware of the environment: the variety of snow spiralling in the wind; intricate details of vegetation enhanced by crystal formations; the soft sun and bright landscape; footprints suggesting their own scenario… and the potential color lying dormant.

Microclimate II: Red Snow is the second work in a series entitled Microclimate where each work is structurally balanced, not in a symmetrical sense, but through the ‘life’ of one articulation resulting in a subsequent and counterbalancing reaction. I have attempted to concentrate the beauty and violence of a natural landscape into the ‘microclimate’ of the work — forming a new ‘organisational space’ yet reflecting, in acoustic form, the natural world and source inspiration.


Microclimate II: Red Snow was realized in 1998 at Notam (Norsk nettverk for Teknologi, Akustikk og Musikk / Norwegian network for Technology, Acoustics and Music) in Oslo (Norway) and premiered on May 26, 1999 during the Music Factory Contemporary Music Festival in Bergen (Norway).

Premiere

  • May 26, 1999, Concert, Bergen (Norway)

Details

stereo fixed medium

Calendar

Broadcasts

Date Work Program
January 15, 2006 Natasha Barrett, Red Snow (Microclimate II) (1998, 2001) Martian Gardens / WMUA (USA)
September 1, 2006 Natasha Barrett, Red Snow (Microclimate II) (1998, 2001) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
December 21, 2008 Natasha Barrett, Red Snow (Microclimate II) (1998, 2001) Martian Gardens / WMUA (USA)
December 20, 2009 Natasha Barrett, Red Snow (Microclimate II) (1998, 2001) Martian Gardens / WMUA (USA)
February 10, 2013 Natasha Barrett, Red Snow (Microclimate II) (1998, 2001) Martian Gardens / WMUA (USA)
March 16, 2015 Natasha Barrett, Red Snow (Microclimate II) (1998, 2001) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)