for flute and live electronics
Composer: Elliott Grabill
Alarm puts demands on both the flute and electro-acoustic performer, who uses a MIDI pad to perform notated rhythmic phrases in addition to standard processing. Although the work points at no single issue, it was inspired by progressive political movement taking place in the mid-2010’s. The flute part alternates between high pitched, sparse pointillism leading to climactic long notes in the lower register. I also explore the dynamics between a cappella flute sections, and purely electroacoustic sections. The processing includes looping, granulation and doppler shift. An automated patch is available if the flautist prefers not to have a second person controlling the electronics.