40 minute cd-r
Electro-acoustic works composed by Christopher Orczy
Realized at The Bunker, School of Music, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand 2000-2002
01 "From a small worm, to part of a large dragon" (2000)
02 Evocation (2000)
03 Silent Head (2002)
These three pieces represent the sum total of my electro-acoustic work whilat at University. While all three have their good points, I personally feel that none of them were fully realised. The nature of University course work imposes deadlines, that maybe if not there, these works could have been made whole. These pieces are easily the most extreme of any of my compositions.
The title of the album, "The Bunker" is a reference to the room the works were created in.
"From a small worm, to part of a large dragon"
This piece was originally for Oboe and processed sounds. I was to play the oboe part, but it wasn't to be. In the end, the piece was left with just the processed sounds, and it worked better as a result.
The title was made when the piece was for oboe and processed sound. The idea was that the oboist would stand facing the speakers, coxing each note out, as it were. Then the processed notes would take on their own form. Evocation in the sense of evoking a spirit, the obosist the "magician", the processed sound the spirit.
The sound source was the first part of the attack portion of an oboe note. It is the first sound you hear. This sound was then tuned to various pitches to create a melody, then each pitched sound was transposed up and down to create 7 octaves of this melody. I did not readjust the lengths, so the lower the pitch, the slower and longer the note.
Once all the notes were assembled, each was introduced with each return of the melody.
All this sounds far more complicated than it actually sounds.
This piece was made entirely out of a 3 second sample from Bo Hansson's "Lord of the Rings". The sample was slowed down to be 27 seconds, then vertically cut into strands of different frequency ranges, ranging from 20 Hz through to 10 KHz. The piece starts with two strands one from either end of the spectrums. Over the length of the piece, the two strands repeat, each time their frequency range expanding, until the point they are one. This process takes 30 mins.