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Michael Norris: Khoomei LoopsEmbedded video
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This work, an homage to the French ‘spectralist’ tradition, brings together my interests in non-Western vocal traditions — in this case, Mongolian throatsinging (‘khoomei’ is the deepest of the three styles of throatsinging) — with a kind of looping, imitative structure that hints at various kinds of electronic treatments. A voice-like quality permeates the instrumental writing, while the constant ‘recirculant delay line’ of the structure creates a slowly shifting organic texture reminiscent of Tristan Murail’s masterpiece Mémoire/Érosion.
This work was commissioned and premiered by soundinitiative, with funding from Victoria University of Wellington.
22 Aug 2015: soundinitiative ensemble at NZSM | Made in France