for bowed-dulcimer and live electronics
Composer: Elliott Lupp
Hinge joins together acoustic and electroacoustic properties derived from the hammered-dulcimer to create an overall texture that exemplifies both separately, yet is for a majority of the time, perceptually unified. The work can also be thought of as a timbral exploration of the instrument; since in terms of its traditional timbral capabilities, the hammered-dulcimer can be “limiting”. By bowing the instrument as well as processing its sound in real time, the instrument’s timbral possibilities can be expanded upon. Additionally, It is important to me that the processed and original sound of the dulcimer are perceived as having one point of origin. In terms of the interaction between performer and computer, the work is heavily reliant on the performer’s ability to make musical decisions according to improvisatory guidelines, and their ability to anticipate and respond to the processed sound of the dulcimer.