Withers of Fragrance
Music by Brigid Burke
Withers of Fragrance comprises of Javanese Gamelan samples, acoustic and electronic clarinet sound integrated resulting in a timbral, dynamic and spatial composition. A layering of pitches is obtained from the whole range of the Javanese Gamelan and clarinets through a multiple pulses focusing on a central pitch. A continuous pulse is created through subtones and overtones using microtone exploration. Real-time Audio Mulching, enabled by the computer interface contributes further to the possibilities of a sonic world of layered Gamelan, clarinet, subtones and pulse-fragmented overtones throughout the composition. The repeated sections where rhythmic phrases are punctuated by flourishes of sound. Pulse varies throughout that changes the mood from peaceful to frenzied outbursts. Soft, slow chord abstract sections are interspersed with the constant rhythmic patterns leading into soft notes to a quiet, reflective ending.
All sounds and texts © 2020 by Brigid Burke
Commissioned by the Australia Asia Foundation 2020
About the artist:
Dr Brigid Burke is an Australian artist, clarinet soloist, composer, performance artist, visual artist, video artist, film maker and educator whose creative practice explores the use of acoustic sound, contemporary new music, technology, visual arts, video, notation and improvisation to enable cross media performances. Her work is widely presented in concerts, festivals, and radio broadcasts throughout Australia, Asia, Brazil, Europe and the USA. Currently she curates with Mark Pedersen SEENSOUND a monthly Visual Music series at the LOOP Bar Melbourne – seensound.com
She has been a recipient of an Australia Council Project Music Fellowship and numerous new work commissions, Commissions, Artist Residencies – USA, Europe, Australia and Singapore. Also most recently she has presented her works on the Big screen at Federation Square Melbourne, Tilde Festival, ABC Classic FM., International Media Festival Prague, Tenor Festivals, ICMC International Festivals, Generative Arts Festivals in Italy, Asian Music Festivals, Tokyo, She has a PhD in Composition from UTAS and a Master of Music in Composition from The University of Melbourne.