BRAID : for horn solo with voice
by Cathy Milliken (2021)
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BRAID is the result of explorations with Tim Allen-Ankins about the horn and its "other voice".
Reaching common ground listening to double belled brass instruments and their rich possibility of spatialising sound, Tim's and my search led on to possibilities of including the voice with horn sound as a type of implosion, a sort of double embodiment of own sound. Using the voice with horn is not new, but our research wished to proceed further so that it did not stay a technique but became a composition exactly suited to the timbre of Tim's voice with the horn. In later recordings that Tim provided, the technique of singing and playing revealed intricate possibilities of weaving the voice and horn together producing at times, an effect of an outside voice - or " the other voice" - as with ventriloquism. The notion of braiding together the horn sounds, muted horn sounds and voiced horn sounds and the way they enmesh and separate out again became the basis for this piece.
Instrumentation: Horn solo with voice of the soloist
Duration: 6 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — the player also uses their voice in the piece
Written for: Tim Allen-Ankins
Commission note: Commissioned by Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), The ANAM Set with funds provided by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.. Commissioned by The ANAM Set, Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with funds provided by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.
First performance: Nov 21.
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