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Water studies 1 and 2

from Aural Shores by Christopher Luna-Mega

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Water Study no. 1 explores the rhythm, tempi, pitches, and harmonies of drops of water falling into a porcelain bowl. It was my first attempt to analyze natural musical parameters in field recordings. The origin of Water Study no. 2 is the field recording of a stream descending to the Tonatiahua pond, in the Lagunas de Zempoala national park, Mexico. The process of writing this piece implied listening for the rhythmic and pitch patterns of the stream, which were transcribed from the recording and eventually used as the basis for the melodic and textural materials of the music. These materials are presented as monody, melody and accompaniment, and polyphony. The juxtaposition of these techniques is a metaphor of the ear shifting its attention among different sounds of the water.


from Aural Shores, released April 28, 2020
Christopher Luna-Mega, The Arditti Quartet


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