Schematic for Technical Setup

Year: 2022 | Duration: 7' | Snare Drum and Reflexive Electronics

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I/O for snare drum and reflexive electronics begins with a single two note idea that is developed and transformed over the duration of the piece. This idea is developed differently depending on whether the snares are turned on or off on the drum. When they are on, the character more closely resembles a drum- core or traditional playing style, and when they are off it becomes improvisational and explosive. The electronics also behave differently depending on whether the snares are on or off. It is this concept of duality that is expressed throughout the work, held together by a single short melodic idea.

Performance Notes

There are no controllers or triggers for the electronics. Instead, the sound is processed using live input from the microphone only, so the performance will vary depending on the snare drum used and other musical factors. The resulting sound is not notated in the score since it will sound different for repeat performances. However, the musical parameters and their general effects on the input are determined primarily by whether the snares on the drum are on or off. When off, the electronic sounds should generally be much more chaotic. The patch contains a display that shows whether the patch has detected whether the snares are on or off.

The following notation is used throughout the piece:


Micheal Barnes