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Katherine Young - like a halo

from Wet Ink: 20 by Wet Ink Ensemble

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Using a lot of care and a very slow bowing technique on the lowest string of a radically detuned violin, you can make a quiet popping sound. The attack and body of the sound is noisy, but there is a little halo of pitch surrounding it. This sound recalled to me an accidental optical effect in a photo I took. My friend's head was enveloped in a beautiful rainbow halo. A little internet research told me that there is a documented optical effect referred to as a halo that occurs when white light gets split up and redirected by water in the air. This refraction causes it to change direction and move toward and away from the observer, creating the effect of a halo around the shadow of the observer's head due to resonant effects. Throughout this sextet white noise textures get thrown into contact with crystallized gestures that redirect the sound into different pitch and timbral profiles. like a halo was commissioned by Ensemble Dal Niente, and I worked closely with ensemble members Ben Melsky, Matthew Oliphant, and Austin Wulliman when writing. I'm thrilled Wet Ink has taken the piece on, bringing so much expertise and refinement to performances of the piece and this recording.


from Wet Ink: 20, released September 15, 2018


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