Lauren Floyd, Trevor Barroero, Bradley C. Robinson, Justin Iadonisi, Quintin Mallette, and Nate Lee, percussion ensemble
Hammered soda cans, clinking light bulbs, snapping pencils, drummed plastic buckets, a spinning power drill, and a shredding blender combine with more traditional percussion sounds in "break / make" for percussion sextet. Different subdivisions of 9/8 meter are explored as cross-rhythms and polymetric grooves play out among an ensemble featuring crude household instruments alongside triangles, woodblocks, metal pipes, a tambourine, a whistle, and a drum kit. But past this surface and deep in the heart of "break / make" are the ideas of creation, destruction, and the relationship between the two. In a very real sense, engaging in one act is almost always preceded or followed by the other in some form or fashion, and this change of mode could happen right before our eyes or half a world away. For we musicians, painters, writers, builders, and the like... what is being destroyed, however tangible or intangible, actual or imagined, when we create our art? Perhaps these concepts of creation and destruction are not as wholly opposite as how we usually think about them. Is destruction itself a form of creation? This piece would say so.
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Studio Recording, October 2014
Premiered on July 31st, 2014 by Joel Block, Dylan Greene, David Newton, Adam Holmes, Sean Sweeden, Chris Gunnell at Small World in Princeton, NJ as part of the 2014 So Percussion Summer Institute.