Glitches / Trajectories

Danny Saul

Glitches / Trajectories has been performed in Manchester and Uppsala…

Glitches / Trajectories, as the title suggests, explores audio faults and space, articulated through an 8-channel image. Denis Smalley’s spectromorphological terminology is found to be suitable in discussing the piece; focus throughout is on behaviour and motion and growth processes. Earlier sections contain a degree or imitative and reactionary behaviour (active / instability, emergence / disappearance and empty / fill). Later, trajectorial sound materials explore reaction, interaction, and growth processes such as agglomeration / dissipation.

As the piece developed I found the lines between texture and gesture were becoming increasingly blurred. I have attempted to emphasise this notion through the structuring of the final extended section which applies behavioural variations to gestural sound materials (with a focus on perspectival space, changes in spectral resolution and spatial trajectories), and may be perceived as equal parts texture and gesture.


  • March 2, 2014, MANTIS 10 Years Festival: Concert 3: New Works by Novars Composers, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall — Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama — The University of Manchester, Manchester (England, UK)


8-channel fixed medium


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