Denis Smalley - Empty Vessels
  Year :   1997
  Location :   England
  Worktype :   Acousmatic Composition
  Materials:   -
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  Work Details  
  The Empty Vessels are some large garden pots from Crete and an olive jar from Turkey. Recordings of the air resonating in these vessels provided the starting-point for the piece. Since these recordings were done in a garden (my garden in North London), sounds from the environment were also captured by the microphones inside the pots, and changes in the timbre of these sounds resulted from interaction with the filtering effect of the resonant vessels. These “natural” transformations were extended through computer treatments, and they also suggested relations with very different types of resonant sounds. The garden palette was expanded by recordings made in the same environment without the benefit of the vessels’ transformations. The resulting work may be regarded as a journey which passes through the highly charged and more restful events, textures and spaces inspired by the empty vessels. Empty Vessels was commissioned by the French State and the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel / Groupe de Recherches Musicales, and was first performed in Paris in May 1997.