Propolis, 2008

The Morning Line, Seville 2008 © Todd Eberle, 2008

Multi-channel audio work encoded for 47 channel The Morning Line Sound System
40 min
Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary 

Propolis explores the idea of The Morning Line as both sonic instrument and live performance environment, by combining prerecorded spatialised sound and generative MAX/MSP software patches with composed and improvised live bass clarinet by Evan Ziporyn. A multi-layered, non-linear composition with a palindromic form based on the order/chaos continuum, the work uses the scaleable 8:3 ratio applied fractally in the architecture to generate several different rhythm devices, as well as the cyclical thematic basis of the structure as formal inspiration. Six interchangeable movements, each with different sonic and spatial properties and different software patches, migrate from recognizable sounds to chaotic and threatening sonic activity.

Bryce Dessner: *1976 in Ohio, USA | Living and working in Paris, France
David Sheppard: *in London, United Kingdom | Living and working in London, United Kingdom
Evan Ziporyn: *1959 in Chicago, USA | Living and working in Lexington, USA
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Bryce Dessner David Sheppard Evan Ziporyn, Propolis 2008