A Branch in the Path – Bass Clarinet
Before we begin…
- A minimum of 24 and a maximum of 36 sections should be played, lasting between 12 and 18 minutes in total.
- The sound-files on each page may also be played in addition to playing the notated fragments or multiphonics. For further information on the close dyad multiphonics (including recorded examples) see Heather Roche’s blog.
- Refreshing a page, or returning to it from another location, will possibly bring up a different fragment of notation.
- Sections 1.5e and 1.7 differ from the other sections in that they are based on Euclidian rhythms and adopt a slower tempo. They also contains 10 individual fragments.
- Section 1.5e should be played as the final section of the piece along with the flautist once the clarinettist signals that they have reached this section. (Text instructions on whether to refresh the page or commence the final section are randomly generated.) The clarinettist signals once the text instruction for the final fragment of this section has been given. Both players complete the fragment they are playing, at which point the piece ends.
- The notated parts are transposed and always in the treble clef. The numbers in brackets indicate tempo markings that correspond to the position of the notes in the overtone series.1 A note an octave higher will be twice as fast, for example. These tempo indications are only included at their first occurrence in a particular fragment. Repeat marks (e.g. “x3”) apply only to the particular staff they are placed at the end of.
- The pitches should match the natural tuning of the overtone series (with sounding D as the root) as closely as possible. The sound-files on the pages for each section can be used as a reference guide.
- The dynamics and generally soft and should be adjusted to match the level of the tones emanating from the public’s mobile phones as they move about the performance space.
Sounding d”’ = 68 bpm as a central point of reference. ↩