New Music Premiere:
Words: Steve Smith
Image: Rebecca Goodheart
Asked to describe the how and why of Maple, Goodheart provided the following notes via e-mail:
“As with all of Berlin Head Metal, the sonic world of this piece was produced by projecting sound into cymbals and gongs, and then recording the result. While the sounds have their origins in natural and living sources, they are shaped and tailored through a variety of synthesis and filtering techniques. The processed sounds fit acoustic profile of each instrument the sounds are played through, creating a heightened, unreal life of their own.
“The work begins an internal world, situated in sounds of the body: breath, whispering, the hidden sounds of singing. These sounds awaken, evolving into a soundscape of birdsong and water, expanding outward into increasingly open and ethereal spaces.
“This final movement has its origins in a sound installation I created as part of a collaboration with the Berlin-based camera obscura artist Götz Rogge, called Naked Eye, Hidden Ear. The installation was featured in Florence’s Estate Fiorentine festival in the Tepidarium del Roster, a 3-story resonant glass building built in the 19th Century. This piece is a recomposed version of the installation, recorded on-site at the Tepidarium, capturing both the unique resonance of the instruments and the building itself.
Such a dramatic space demanded a close attention to site-specificity, and all elements of the work focused on locality. The instruments were hand made by local artisans at the UFIP factory, and the bird calls are local birds: the Eurasian Golden Oriole, the Long-tailed tit, and the Hoopoe with its distinctive call (heard at the end of the work).”
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