Refraction

Duration: 11 minutes

soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone


Refraction: the fact or phenomenon of light, radio waves, etc. being deflected in passing obliquely through the interface between one medium and another or through a medium of varying density.

The musical DNA of this piece is grounded and constant throughout. The material itself does not change, yet the manner in which it is explored and the transformations it undergoes all encompass the concept of this piece. The initial tone is stretched into a cluster sonority that later informs all aspects of the proceeding material including the rhythmic, noise, and harmonic aspects of the piece. Each section is conceptually a new medium the original material passes through. My hope is that the listener is able to discern the expansive alterations as they occur and recall past events that may have evolved into greater significance, essentially following the material through this journey of refraction.  

 A Note About Spatialization

This piece, having been composed specifically for ~Nois, also features an aspect of spatialization. Throughout the work, the players move to various positions among the gallery, surrounding the audience, creating a more inclusive and all-encompassing environment. Depending on where the listener is located, different sounds may arise out of the texture throughout the piece. It is my hope that this will create a more personal, as well as multi-dimensional listening experience that will continuously evolve as the performers move throughout the space.