Elizabeth Hoffman

Resonants has been performed in Belfast, Norman and Valdivia…

Resonants articulates an imaginary and unnatural enclosure which lacks normal acoustic decay. A bit like a hothouse trapping heat, it traps reverberant sound for absurdly long periods of time. A second aural puzzle is that the sounds in this piece seem to be both activated and self-activating. The metals and skins that are fragmented and suspended into a spatialized mosaic pull the listener’s focus in oscillating fashion between “reduced listening” and source sound listening.


Resonants was realized in 2010-11 at the composer’s studio in New York City (NY, USA) and premiered on April 15, 2011 during the Inner Soundscapes Festival at Pitman Recital Hall of the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK, USA). Thanks to TimeTable Percussion for recording much of the source material which was used for processing.


  • April 15, 2011, Inner Soundscapes Festival, Pitman Recital Hall — Catlett Music Center — University of Oklahoma, Norman (Oklahoma, USA)


7.1-channel fixed medium



Date Work Program
June 24, 2013 Elizabeth Hoffman, Resonants (2010-11) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
June 25, 2013 Elizabeth Hoffman, Resonants (2010-11) The New Edge / WMBR 88.1 FM (USA)
June 26, 2013 Elizabeth Hoffman, Resonants (2010-11) Kicks / Radio Centraal (Belgium)
July 21, 2013 Elizabeth Hoffman, Resonants (2010-11) Outsight (USA)
October 1, 2013 Elizabeth Hoffman, Resonants (2010-11) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
November 11, 2013 Elizabeth Hoffman, Resonants (2010-11) Foldover / WOBC 91.5 FM (USA)
August 1, 2014 Elizabeth Hoffman, Resonants (2010-11) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
August 24, 2014 Elizabeth Hoffman, Resonants (2010-11) RTQE / WORT 89.9 FM (USA)

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