Symbiosis by bdhorrigan published on 2013/05/30 21:31:30 +0000 Rough recording of my final composition project at the end of my music degree. It's an electroacoustic piece for violin and laptop; the laptop part uses recorded cello sounds. PROGRAMME NOTE: The word 'symbiosis' means a close, mutually beneficial relationship between two organisms. In this single-movement sonata, the electroacoustic (laptop) and live acoustic (violin) elements support and complement each other to the extent that neither part would make sense on its own. Without one or the other, the gestures and textures are missing something. The violin needs to be underpinned by the percussive, bassy and sometimes ethereal timbres of the laptop part, which itself is not complete without the violin soaring above it. The two work together to further their common interests, which might include gestural events, harmonic content and changes of character. While the violinist follows a conventional score, the laptop performer plays what might be termed a 'flexible tape part', triggering one fragment of the tape part at a time in order to ensure that the two voices remain synchronised. These fragments are composed solely from recordings of a cello, which have been manipulated in order to explore new variations on the natural symbiosis between violin and cello.