Composition with the Sound of Its Own Découpage (2015)
for solo toy piano and video/audio playback
composed by Michael Baldwin
performed by Inlets Ensemble (solo performance by Eric Gottlieb)
Drawing from the methodological principals of Robert Morris’s similarly titled 'Box with the Sound of Its Own Making' (1961), a wooden cube accompanied by a recording of the sounds produced during its construction, 'Composition with the Sound of Its Own Découpage' explores the possibilities of deriving and structuring a musical composition based on the characteristic qualities of scissors.
'Composition with the Sound of Its Own Découpage' was written specifically for the 2015 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' concert series organized by the Inlets Foundation for Experimental Practices and is dedicated to pianist Eric Gottlieb.
audio recorded at Audiotheque, Miami Beach, USA in September of 2015
audio recording engineered by Gustavo Matamoros
audio mixed and edited by Michael Baldwin
video recorded and edited by Michael Baldwin
Produced by Inlets Foundation for Experimental Practices with support from SFCA [isaw+subtropics], the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
full release (score and video dependencies): rockpaperscissors.ricercata.org/scores.html
An essay on composing this piece: tempus-konnex.com/spip.php?article249