Denis Smalley - Névé
  Year :   1994
  Location :   England
  Worktype :   CD
  Materials:   Commission. electroacoustic composition
  Info :   Groupe de Musique Expérimentale de Marseille with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain. first performance: Marseille. On CD Effects Input | EI 03

  Work Details  
  Neve was inspired by a walk on the Fox Glacier in New Zealand, and takes structures and imagery related to glaciers as its starting-point. However, the sound materials also suggest their own developments, relations and diversions. The work is a continuation of Valley Flow (1992), which was also influenced by environmental images and materials. The Neve is the mass of hardened snow which feeds the source of a glacier and whose compaction initiates glacial flow. The surface expanses of smooth material conceal organic processes and pressures beneath. A Corrie (from the Gaelic coire - a cauldron) is an armchair-shaped hollow with steep sides and back wall, formed as a result of glacial erosion on a high mountainside. This form is often reminiscent of a mortar in which one grinds spices and grains, and the sounds derived from recording the frictional motion of a large Indian mortar and pestle provide the basis for the second movement. Since the Neve material is also featured, an analogy linking interior space and the environmental is suggested. A Sandar (from Icelandic) is an open, coastal plain of sand and gravel with streams of melted snow flowing across it, stretching out from the mouth of a glacier. To begin with, this movement concentrates on fragmented, pressurized debris and outwash activity but soon spreads out into larger harmonic vistas. Neve was commissioned by the Group de Musique Experimental de Marseille, and the main sound transformations were carried out in their studios in April 1993. Accessed 13.11.06 from