Jonty Harrison - EQ
  Year :   1980
  Location :   England
  Worktype :   LP
  Materials:   soprano saxophone and tape - music theatre
  Info :   Arts Council of Great Britain. John Harle Premiere: John Harle; St Johns, Smith Square, London, 1981. Appears on LP Daniel Kientzy - Daniel Kientzy LP, Electrecord (cat. no. ST-CS 0201), 1986

  Work Details  
  EQ is the third in a series of works featuring saxophones: Q (1976) for soprano saxophone, string trio and electric organ explores the musical implications of cue (a signal to begin a musical event), queue (the players sit in a diagonal line across the stage) and Q (the width of a tuneable band of frequencies - in a filter, for example); SQ (1978-79) for saxophone quartet addresses space and the theatricality of performance; EQ (1980) for soprano saxophone and tape (perhaps more accurately described as a tape piece with soprano saxophone obbligato) revisits some of these concerns, particularly cue (the interaction of saxophone and tape), Q (a sweeping filter can be heard producing melodic material out of static harmony), spatial articulation and the physical and theatrical aspects of performance. Also, EQ is studio slang for equalisation - essentially sophisticated tone controls, and a fundamental device for sound modificaton in the studio. EQ was commissioned by John Harle with funds made available by the Arts Council of Great Britain; the tape was made in the studios of the University of York and City University, London. It won First Prize in the Mixed Category of the 1981 Bourges International Electroacoustic Awards and appeared on the Electrecord label, performed by French saxophonist Daniel Kientzy. It was re-recorded by Stephen Cottrell at The University of Birmingham (assistant engineer: Alistair MacDonald) for a CD on the NMC label (London). . 1981 Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Awards, Bourges, France - First Prize, Mixed Category