amplify (2014) by molly joyce

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Note from the composer:

Amplify was commissioned as part of pianist Brianna Matzke’s Stockhausen Response Project, which commissioned five composers to respond to Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mikrophonie I. A groundbreaking piece in its time, Mikrophonie I combined acoustic and electronic sounds in a live performance format, where as traditionally composers created either fully acoustic pieces or pre-recorded electronic tape pieces. The combination of both methods in one piece opened up an entirely new world of possibilities for Stockhausen's contemporaries and for future generations of composers.

As I myself have written several pieces which combine acoustic instruments with electronics, Stockhausen’s Mikrophonie I is of course a very important piece to me. I therefore decided to take the opening gesture of the piece as the basis of inspiration for my own work, and augment or “amplify” that opening rhythm as the piece progresses. This amplification of the starting gesture is also propelled by a gradual descent in register in the piano’s part, and there are two accompanying pre-recorded tracks which consist of only samples from the piano and have been electronically processed with resonant bandpass filters and reverbs, similar as to what Stockhausen did in Mikrophonie I.

Amplify was written in the fall of 2014 in The Hague, and is also dedicated to Brianna Matzke.

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from The Stockhausen Response Project, released April 15, 2016

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