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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 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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