Sketches was composed in collaboration with choreographer Charlotte Griffin who was completing her MFA in Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. The concept of the work was to explore the sounds of paper, especially the act of free-form sketching on paper. Recordings of were made in my studio at the Butler School of Music using a variety of papers, pens, pencils and other elements such as crumpling. In order to preserve the identity of these sounds I chose minimal treatments during the compositional process. I also chose to combine the sonic materials with dance-like rhythmic gestures to produce a suite of short vignettes: 1. Andante-Spiral (delicate, light swirling), 2. Rondo-Tear (sparse, with interjections), 3. Allegro-Scribble (frantic scribbling, rapid, sketchy), 4. Chorale-Improvisation (walls of slow moving sound), 5. Jazzy-Pointed (fun, take-off on violin beginner piece), 6. Allegro-Scrible Remix, 7. Waltz-Crumple (elegant waltz with deep crumpling sounds).
Premiere: EARS, EYES and FEET Concert, UT Austin. May, 2009.
Charlotte Griffin - choreographer and original concept