Karita oto

Manuella Blackburn

Karita oto has been performed in Bangor, Calgary, Gävle, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Montréal, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Santiago, Seoul, Troy and Vitória…

All sound materials used in Karita oto were recorded on a field trip to Tokyo (Japan) in November 2008. These sounds all have an instrumental origin, many of which are considered to be traditional and typical of Japanese heritage and culture. Amongst these there are sound recordings of ancient and rare instrument specimens contained within the Kunitachi College of Music Museum archive.

Karita oto brings together concepts of cultural borrowing and compositional strategies developed from Denis Smalley’s spectromorphology. Five characteristic paths, belonging to Smalley’s theoretical writing, inform the use of space in this piece. In particular the words — approach, departure, crossing, rotation, and wondering — were useful in informing the trajectories, placement and organization of materials, while the episodic form was inspired by the extremes Japan has to offer from the dense activity of the city, to the tranquility of the Zen meditation gardens that co-exist, side by side.

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Karita oto was realized in 2009 at the Electroacoustic Music Studios of The University of Manchester (UK) and premiered on October 31, 2009 during the MANTIS Festival at The University of Manchester (UK). Thanks to Takayuki Rai, Shintaro Imai, Kunitachi College of Music, and the Shindo family. Karita oto was pre-selected in the 3rd Destellos Electroacoustic Composition Competition (Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2010).

Premiere

  • October 31, 2009, MANTIS Fall Festival 2009: Concert, Manchester (England, UK)

Details

8-channel fixed medium

Calendar

Broadcasts

Date Work Program
February 3, 2013 Manuella Blackburn, Karita oto (2009) Elektroniskt / Sveriges Radio P2 (Sweden)
February 28, 2013 Manuella Blackburn, Karita oto (2009) Sound of Music / Radio SOM (Sweden)
June 9, 2013 Manuella Blackburn, Karita oto (2009) Martian Gardens / WMUA (USA)
June 26, 2013 Manuella Blackburn, Karita oto (2009) Sound Quality / ABC Radio National (Australia)
July 7, 2013 Manuella Blackburn, Karita oto (2009) Elektroniskt / Sveriges Radio P2 (Sweden)
October 7, 2013 Manuella Blackburn, Karita oto (2009) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
December 9, 2013 Manuella Blackburn, Karita oto (2009) Foldover / WOBC 91.5 FM (USA)
March 1, 2015 Manuella Blackburn, Karita oto (2009) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
November 20, 2015 Manuella Blackburn, Karita oto (2009) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
January 4, 2017 Manuella Blackburn, Karita oto (2009) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
April 10, 2017 Manuella Blackburn, Karita oto (2009) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)

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