This excerpt is taken from the last iteration of ELISION's realisation of Codex IX in London. The ensemble sits in a circle which not only facilitates communication amongst the musicians but also clarifies and assists work with the spatialisation of sound. These particular structured realisations have formed part of ELISION's preparation for a new Barrett cycle yet to come entitled CONSTRUCTION.
Personally I love the ending of this improvisation and especially how it develops, gathers and unwinds from a motive generated by Tristram Williams. For me it is fabulously reminiscent of Richard Barrett's notated manipulations of scale in a movement of the Dark Matter cycle entitled Ars Magna Lucis Et Umbrae. I had a lot of fun in this performance generating drones using a device called the Audio Weevil made by Thomas Bug of Bugbrand in Bristol. Also on hand was a Moogerfooger Freq Box for whistle-like glissandi. And many other things.
Richard Barrett's programme note is as follows-
'Codex IX is played from a score of three initially identical pages, each to be played with its nine “parts” distributed differently among the nine musicians and at a different overall “tempo”, and each succeeded by a linking or concluding passage of free improvisation. At any given point, those players whose parts are active (as opposed to silent) may choose between up to five different “tracks” which specify different kinds of musical behaviour at different times and to different degrees: a “free improvisation” track is almost always available as one option, while others indicate kinds of texture and coordination, and one consists of a sequence of pitches which form a slowly-evolving “harmony”. The notated element of the music is thus no more than a network of departure-points enabling the individual and collective imagination(s) of the ensemble to take flight. Another decisive factor, of course, is the fact that I’ve been working with this ensemble for almost twenty years both as composer and performer, so that our respective musical identities are inextricably intertwined.'- RB
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