UBC Theses and Dissertations

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UBC Theses and Dissertations

A recital of compositions Crutchley, Ian Joseph


Each composition in the following document has resulted from my desire to explore problems and possibilities that are to be found in the various ensembles and/or techniques chosen. For each new composition a particular issue or set of issues was established at the outset and dealt with from different angles at all stages of the works' creation. [1] Chansons Precieux: In these three songs I was interested in reducing my material choices to a minimum and also in creating a small fragment for the text which could be exploded into syllabic utterances. These were, over the course of the three songs, utilized in small groups. Only in the final song is the entire text revealed. [2] Across The Gorge Is The Bridge: Synthesized and concrete sounds constitute the palette of this tape piece. In processing the sounds I selected evolutionary characteristics with the intention of exploiting these characteristics in a particular manner - the notes in the piece are of extremely long duration (c. 12') and so the evolution takes place at a very slow pace. In a sense time is slowed down in the work, almost to the point of absolute stasis. [3] Triangle: Here I examined the concept of an imagined triangular pathway in which each intersection of two lines consisted of the same object viewed in a different way. The lines themselves are manipulations of the object. The original inspiration for this piece came from reading about Stonehenge and other such prehistoric laboratories designed as viewing points for the sun and moon and their risings and settings at key times of the year. [4] Anya Manas: A small item, in this case a chord, is never presented literally, but begins its life in this piece by already having been bent, altered, linearized and otherwise mutilated. Eventually the chord has completely lost its own sense of its own reality. "Anya Manas" is a Sanskrit saying that refers to a state of mind in which confusion of identity prevails. [5] Wo Weilest Du?: This work involved the desire to eliminate such traditional concepts as motivic development, regular phrasing and clear form. Sound objects appear, vanish and may or may not return later. There is no formal goal or climax. The piece simply begins and ends where it does. The title is German and means where are you waiting? It comes from Wagner's Tristan und lsolde.

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