For guitar and electronics
Composer: Nicolas Chuaqui
Desert Presence reminisces on the landscape of the American West, dwelling on how the vast, open spaces of the region are both “quiet” and “loud:” silent and empty, but also overwhelming because of that very emptiness in such large space. The performer interacts in dialogue with an unseen presence. As this back-and-forth develops, the two voices begin to come together as echoes of one another, creating a fleeting sense of union between the known and unknown. The piece is performed through Max/MSP, using both recorded sounds and live processing of the guitar and electronics during the performance.
Cues specified in the score determine the entrances of electronic elements; some sounds are triggered by volume choices made by the performer, while others use randomization. The cues may be controlled by the performer, with a pedal, or an outside person. The guitarist must be playing into a microphone, both for balance and to make use of the live electronics.