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sounds from outer space


Composed in 2006

For cello

Duration: 8:00


Sounds From Outer Space came out of a lot of experimentation with new sounds and techniques on the cello. Some of these techniques have been used by other composers, but rarely so thoroughly as the basis of a piece. Many of the sounds come from the world of the electric guitar: ringing feedback, crunchy distortion, delay, and more.  The score is written in plain English as a set of instructions that the performer uses to create a sort of guided improvisation. The form and basic order of techniques in the piece are set, but the piece changes according to the response of the cello, the feel of the hall, and the energy of the audience.



First Performance: January 24th, 2006

Duncan Recital Hall, Rice University, Houston, TX

Jordan Kuspa, cello


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