MP3 Blog #113: “until we remain suspended…”

Jacob David Sudol: …until we remain suspended (2009)

For Tibetan singing bowls, tingshas, live electronics, and performer

Live performance by Jacob David Sudol

Not commercially available

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This openly structured piece quickly became my most performed piece.  Despite this, I’ve never successfully created a high-quality studio recording of it before.  That said, since the piece varies from performance to performance and location to location, I sort of prefer just having a collection of recordings of many different live performances.   This recording, from a November 2009 performance at the University of California San Diego, is of my favorite ones.

On a personal note, this piece was a sort of watershed that came after almost two years of continual compositional frustration.

I recommend preparing yourself for a long duration before listening.

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Program Note:

until we remain suspended… was completed and first performed by the composer at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in May 2009 during a residency with Master Artist Alvin Lucier and Guest Artist David Dunn.  The sonic materials for the composition come from two Tibetan singing bowls, one pair of tingshas, and synthesized sounds derived from real-time analyses of the two bowls and portions of the combination tones that our brains create when listening to these bowls.  Given the incredible and unpredictable timbral variety inherent in these bowls and the combination tones and a desire to remain true to the constant variations of how we experience sound in time each performance should greatly vary in timbre, time, structure, and form.

The work is dedicated to Alvin Lucier for his desire to share a love of sound and natural phenomena and Chen-Hui Jen who, although absent, remained in my thoughts and heart constantly during the residency.

-Jacob David Sudol
May 29, 2009
New Smyrna Beach, Florida

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