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fascia (2019)

by William Kuo

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fascia (2019) for clarinet and electronics

This work situates variable elements within a fixed environment: the clarinet assumes a shapeshifting form, breathing life into the monolithic rigidity of the electronics.

Borrowing heavily from improvisations by clarinetist and improviser, Juliette Adam, the live-performed clarinet part permits an elasticity that welcomes risk, suspense, and uncertainty. The electronic counterpart recalls malfunction and inhabits a dark, science-fiction-inspired ambience invoked by sub-bass frequencies and heavily processed recordings of machines, mechanisms, and manufactured materials.

Uncertainty proliferates with each musical unfolding, as the clarinet is subsumed under a chorus of insistent, subterranean rumblings and mechanical stridulations intoned by a network of non-musical objects, consumer electronics, and modified instruments.

Performed by Juliette Adam at Le Centquatre-Paris on 18 June 2019.

Presented at Festival ManiFeste hosted by the Institute of Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM).


released November 9, 2019
Juliette Adam, clarinet and objects
Arnaud Delacelle, sound engineer


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William Kuo Vancouver, British Columbia

William Kuo is a Taiwanese-Canadian composer of experimental music.
His music has been presented at the C- LAB (Taiwan), Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Netherlands), Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik (Austria), Cluster New Music Festival (Canada), Voix Nouvelles (France), and ManiFeste Festival (France). ... more

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